18 days in Uruguay, Buenos Aires & Mendoza Itinerary

18 days in Uruguay, Buenos Aires & Mendoza Itinerary

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Start: Brasilia, Brazil
Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Punta del Diablo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
3
Cabo Polonio, Uruguay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 1 day
Ferry:  1 h
6
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
7
Mendoza, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
8
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— Few hours
Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Brasilia, Brazil

3
nights
Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Step off the beaten path and head to Balneario Kiyu and Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales. Appreciate the collections at Museo Casa de Gobierno and Museo de Historia del Arte - MuHAr. Step out of Montevideo with an excursion to Establecimiento Juanico in Canelones--about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Iglesia de las Carmelitas, step into the grandiose world of Castillo Pittamiglio, ponder the world of politics at Estevez Palace, and take a stroll through Ciudad Vieja.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Montevideo trip itinerary tool.

Brasilia, Brazil to Montevideo is an approximately 9- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. January in Montevideo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Punta del Diablo.

Things to do in Montevideo

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Establecimiento Juanico, Balneario Kiyu
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Museo Casa de Gobierno ©
Museo Casa de Gobierno
Iglesia de las Carmelitas ©
Iglesia de las Carmelitas
Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales ©
Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales

2
nights
Punta del Diablo, Uruguay

Punta del Diablo ©
Formerly a sleepy little fishing town, Punta del Diablo has become a popular seaside getaway with a wealth of attractions natural and manmade.
On the 6th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Fortress of Santa Teresa, look for all kinds of wild species at Cerro Verde e Islas de la Coronilla, then appreciate the history behind Faro Sandra Monumento A Artigas, and finally kick back and relax at Playa del Rivero.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Punta del Diablo day trip site.

You can drive from Montevideo to Punta del Diablo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montevideo to Punta del Diablo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cabo Polonio.

Things to do in Punta del Diablo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fortress of Santa Teresa, Cerro Verde e Islas de la Coronilla
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Fortress of Santa Teresa ©
Fortress of Santa Teresa
Playa del Rivero ©
Playa del Rivero
Faro Sandra Monumento A Artigas ©
Faro Sandra Monumento A Artigas

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio and La Pedrera. Get some cultural insight at Faro Cabo Santa Maria and Museo De La Paloma. Change things up with these side-trips from Cabo Polonio: Playa Los Botes (in La Paloma), Playa del Barco (in Rocha) and Balneario Punta Rubia (in La Pedrera). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Beaches at Cabo Polonio, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de la Calavera, look for all kinds of wild species at Medanos de la Barra de Valizas, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional de Cabo Polonio.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cabo Polonio trip planner.

You can take a bus from Punta del Diablo to Cabo Polonio in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Cabo Polonio

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

La Paloma, La Pedrera, Playa del Barco, Medanos de la Barra de Valizas
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Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio ©
Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio
La Pedrera ©
La Pedrera
Beaches at Cabo Polonio ©
Beaches at Cabo Polonio

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): stroll through Playa Mansa, kick back and relax at Playa Chihuahua, then stroll through Playa Punta Ballena, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Montoya, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa el Emir. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Mansa, kick back and relax at Playa Pinares, then stroll through Playa Portezuelo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo – Taller de Casapueblo.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Punta del Este trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Cabo Polonio to Punta del Este takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cabo Polonio to Punta del Este is 1 hour. In January, daytime highs in Punta del Este are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Maldonado, Playa Mansa
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Museo – Taller de Casapueblo ©
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo
Playa Mansa ©
Playa Mansa
Playa Montoya ©
Playa Montoya

1
day
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento ©
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
On the 13th (Mon), wander the streets of Barrio Historico, take a stroll through Plaza Mayor, then explore the ancient world of Bastion de San Miguel, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Real de San Carlos.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Colonia del Sacramento online trip planner.

You can drive from Punta del Este to Colonia del Sacramento in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Colonia del Sacramento are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Playa Real de San Carlos ©
Playa Real de San Carlos

3
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Get a sense of the local culture at Puerto Madero and Catedral de San Isidro. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Basilica de Lujan and Museo de La Plata. When in Buenos Aires, make a side trip to see Delta El Tigre in Tigre, approximately Tigre away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, explore the galleries of Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento, and examine the collection at Centro Ana Frank.

To see photos and more tourist information, use the Buenos Aires holiday maker site.

Getting from Colonia del Sacramento to Buenos Aires by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Delta El Tigre, Basilica de Lujan, Museo de La Plata, Catedral de San Isidro
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Basilica de Lujan ©
Basilica de Lujan
Catedral de San Isidro ©
Catedral de San Isidro
Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento ©
Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento

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nights
Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza ©
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Bodega Nieto Senetiner, do a tasting at Bodega Cruzat. Bubbles Experience, then learn about winemaking at Finca Decero, and finally learn about winemaking at Bodega Carmelo Patti.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mendoza journey builder tool.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Mendoza in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in January, you will find days in Mendoza are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries
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Bodega Cruzat. Bubbles Experience ©
Bodega Cruzat. Bubbles Experience
Bodega Carmelo Patti ©
Bodega Carmelo Patti
Bodega Nieto Senetiner ©
Bodega Nieto Senetiner

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hours
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Fragata ARA.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires vacation app.

Getting from Mendoza to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Mendoza in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fragata ARA ©
Fragata ARA

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