18 days in Uruguay Itinerary

18 days in Uruguay Itinerary

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18 days in Uruguay Itinerary

Start: Santiago
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Ferry:  8 h 45 min
1
Colonia del Sacramento
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Montevideo
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Punta del Diablo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
La Paloma
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Punta del Este
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Santiago

4
nights
Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia del Sacramento ©
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento and Paseo de San Gabriel. Change things up with these side-trips from Colonia del Sacramento: Carmelo (Bodega Boutique El Legado & Museo de Madera - Escultor Jose Castro). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Barrio Historico, don't miss a visit to La Calle de los Suspiros, get to know the fascinating history of Plaza Mayor, and enjoy the sea views from Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Colonia del Sacramento online holiday planner .

Santiago, Chile to Colonia del Sacramento is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Time to Uruguay Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in March, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Montevideo.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Carmelo
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Bodega Boutique El Legado ©
Bodega Boutique El Legado
Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento ©
Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento
Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico

5
nights
Montevideo

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at 1972 Museum and Artigas Mausoleum. Step out of Montevideo with an excursion to Pizzorno Family Estates in Canelones--about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Plaza Independencia, take a leisurely stroll along Rambla de Montevideo, hunt for treasures at Mercado del Puerto, and do a tasting at Bouza Bodega Boutique.

Start your trip to Montevideo by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Colonia del Sacramento to Montevideo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. March in Montevideo sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Punta del Diablo.

Things to do in Montevideo

Wineries Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Pizzorno Family Estates
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Pizzorno Family Estates ©
Pizzorno Family Estates
1972 Museum ©
1972 Museum
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia

3
nights
Punta del Diablo

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Santa Teresa National Park and Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fortress of Santa Teresa, kick back and relax at Playa de la Viuda, snap pictures at Puente Colgante, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Los Pescadores.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Punta del Diablo trip maker .

Getting from Montevideo to Punta del Diablo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montevideo to Punta del Diablo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to La Paloma.

Things to do in Punta del Diablo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rocha, Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio, Puente Colgante
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Santa Teresa National Park ©
Santa Teresa National Park
Fortress of Santa Teresa ©
Fortress of Santa Teresa
Playa de la Viuda ©
Playa de la Viuda

1
night
La Paloma

La Paloma ©
A small coastal city set on the edge of an attractive bay, La Paloma has a population of only around 3,500.
On the 27th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at La Pedrera, enjoy the sand and surf at Beaches at Cabo Polonio, and then enjoy the sea views from Faro Cabo Santa Maria.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, use the La Paloma day trip planning site .

You can drive from Punta del Diablo to La Paloma in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Amazon Time to Uruguay Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. March in La Paloma sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Punta del Este.

Things to do in La Paloma

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Beaches at Cabo Polonio, La Pedrera
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Beaches at Cabo Polonio ©
Beaches at Cabo Polonio
La Pedrera ©
La Pedrera
Faro Cabo Santa Maria ©
Faro Cabo Santa Maria

4
nights
Punta del Este

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mirador Punta Ballena and Fundacion Pablo Atchugarry. Get out of town with these interesting Punta del Este side-trips: Piriapolis (Cerro San Antonio & Rambla de Piriapolis), Playa de Jose Ignacio (in Jose Ignacio) and Pan De Azucar (in Pan de Azucar). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Ralli Museum Punta del Este, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Pinares, make a trip to The Fingers of Punta del Este, and snap pictures at Puente Leonel Viera.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Punta del Este tour itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from La Paloma to Punta del Este takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Maldonado, Piriapolis, Pan De Azucar, Playa de Jose Ignacio
Highlights from your plan
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo ©
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo
Mirador Punta Ballena ©
Mirador Punta Ballena
Ralli Museum Punta del Este ©
Ralli Museum Punta del Este

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