13 days in Uruguay, State of Santa Catarina & State of Rio Grande do Sul Itinerary

13 days in Uruguay, State of Santa Catarina & State of Rio Grande do Sul Itinerary

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13 days in Uruguay, State of Santa Catarina & State of Rio Grande do Sul Itinerary

Start: Cafayate, Argentina
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + bus:  20​h 45​min
1
Balneario Camboriu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Gramado, Brazil
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
3
Cabo Polonio, Uruguay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Rocha, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Canelones, Uruguay
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  17​h 15​min
End: Cafayate, Argentina

2
nights
Balneario Camboriu, Brazil

Balneario Camboriu ©
A resort town located just 10 km (6.2 mi) south of the city of Itajai, Balneario Camboriu is sometimes called the Brazilian Dubai--a reference to its dominant skyscrapers, sandy coastline, and jet-set appeal.
You'll get in some beach time at Sepultura Beach and Mariscal Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Praia De Quatro Ilhas and Lagoinha Beach (Trapiche). Venture out of the city with trips to Bombinhas (Bombas Beach & Tainha Beach). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Itapema Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Balneario Camboriu trip planner.

Cafayate, Argentina to Balneario Camboriu is an approximately 30-hour car ride. You can also fly. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in April, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Gramado.

Things to do in Balneario Camboriu

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bombinhas, Itapema Beach, Praia de Bombas
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Praia de Mariscal ©
Praia de Mariscal
Praia De Quatro Ilhas ©
Praia De Quatro Ilhas
Praia de Bombas ©
Praia de Bombas

1
day
Gramado, Brazil

Gramado ©
Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
On the 28th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Caracol State Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Caracol Falls, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Black Lake.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Gramado travel route site .

Traveling by car from Balneario Camboriu to Gramado takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cabo Polonio.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Canela
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Parque Estadual do Caracol ©
Parque Estadual do Caracol

1
night
Cabo Polonio, Uruguay

Cabo Polonio ©
The isolated hamlet of Cabo Polonio, part of Uruguay's remote Rocha province, offers a different take on a South American beach holiday.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Medanos de la Barra de Valizas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Beaches at Cabo Polonio. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Grande, kick back and relax at Playa de la Viuda, and then enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cabo Polonio travel itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Gramado to Cabo Polonio with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Amazon Time is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rocha.

Things to do in Cabo Polonio

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Punta del Diablo, Medanos de la Barra de Valizas
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Beaches at Cabo Polonio ©
Beaches at Cabo Polonio
Playa de la Viuda ©
Playa de la Viuda
Medanos de la Barra de Valizas ©
Medanos de la Barra de Valizas

2
nights
Rocha, Uruguay

Rocha ©
Relax on the remote, undeveloped beaches in Rocha, an eastern province of Uruguay noted for its sleepy beachfront towns and pristine nature.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): kick back and relax at Balneario Punta Rubia, then stroll through La Pedrera, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Los Botes. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Luna llena en el anden, then steep yourself in history at Fortress of Santa Teresa, and then stroll through Playa de Punta del Diablo.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rocha day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Cabo Polonio to Rocha takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Amazon Time to Uruguay Time is 1 hour. In April, daily temperatures in Rocha can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Rocha

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

La Pedrera, La Paloma
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La Pedrera ©
La Pedrera
Playa de Punta del Diablo ©
Playa de Punta del Diablo
Playa Los Botes ©
Playa Los Botes

2
nights
Punta del Este, Uruguay

Punta del Este ©
With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Jose Ignacio and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Brava. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Mansa, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Ballena, and then kick back and relax at Playa Punta Colorada.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Punta del Este trip maker site .

Drive from Rocha to Punta del Este in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Punta del Este can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Canelones.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Punta Colorada, Playa Punta Ballena, Playa de Jose Ignacio
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Playa de Jose Ignacio ©
Playa de Jose Ignacio
Playa Brava ©
Playa Brava
Playa Mansa ©
Playa Mansa

1
night
Canelones, Uruguay

Canelones
A holiday in Canelones allows for the exploration of the west bank of the river Arroyo Canelon Chico.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): do a tasting at Pizzorno Family Estates, then stroll through Cuchilla alta, and then learn about winemaking at Los Nadies.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Canelones day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Punta del Este to Canelones takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Punta del Este in May, Canelones is a bit cooler at night with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Canelones

Wineries Beaches Parks