13 days in Uruguay Itinerary

13 days in Uruguay Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Uruguay tour itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Rivera
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colonia del Sacramento
— 2 nights
Drive
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Montevideo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Punta del Este
— 4 nights
Fly

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Rivera

— 2 nights
The capital of the department of the same name, Rivera stands on the border with Brazil, with the city of Santana do Livramento only a street away.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): stroll around Plaza Flores and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Valle del Lunarejo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Parque Gran Bretana, learn about winemaking at Bodega Cerro Chapeu, then take a memorable drive along Subida de Pena, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Sineriz Shopping.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rivera journey builder.

Florianopolis, Brazil to Rivera is an approximately 11.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. Traveling from Florianopolis in February, plan for little chillier nights in Rivera, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Rivera

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trip

Colonia del Sacramento

— 2 nights
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colonia del Sacramento: Carmelo (Bodega Boutique El Legado & Museo de Madera - Escultor Jose Castro). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Barrio Historico, get to know the fascinating history of Plaza Mayor, make a trip to Porton de Campo, and steep yourself in history at Bastion de San Miguel.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Colonia del Sacramento trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Rivera to Colonia del Sacramento by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Montevideo.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips

Montevideo

— 3 nights
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Montevideo is known for shopping, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, wander the streets of Ciudad Vieja, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado del Puerto, and get a sense of history and politics at Palacio Legislativo.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Montevideo travel route planning app.

Getting from Colonia del Sacramento to Montevideo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Montevideo

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Punta del Este

— 4 nights

Monaco of South America

With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
Get out of town with these interesting Punta del Este side-trips: Playa Punta Colorada (in Piriapolis), Pan De Azucar (in Pan de Azucar) and Playa Punta Ballena (in Punta Ballena). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, kick back and relax at Playa Brava, head off the coast to Isla de Lobos, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Montoya.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Punta del Este road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Montevideo to Punta del Este takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in February, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Uruguay travel guide

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Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings
Switzerland of South America
One of the smallest countries in South America, tourist-friendly Uruguay is often called the "Switzerland of South America" because of its consistent economic development and progressive society. Open-minded Montevideo serves as the starting point of most Uruguay vacations, offering visitors an eclectic cultural scene and a chance to discover some of South America's major architectural treasures. Away from the cosmopolitan capital city, vacations in Uruguay involve exploring wildlife-rich areas along the Atlantic and touring the rustic interior on horseback, gaucho style. In this sports-loving country, the highlight of your Uruguay trip might just be a soccer match between Penarol and Nacional, the country's two major clubs.