19 days in Buenos Aires & Uruguay Itinerary

19 days in Buenos Aires & Uruguay Itinerary

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19 days in Buenos Aires & Uruguay Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana, Slovenia
shuttle + Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
2
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 3 nights
bus:  8​h 30​min
3
Cabo Polonio, Uruguay
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Punta del Diablo, Uruguay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 1 day
bus:  45​min
6
Piriapolis, Uruguay
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
7
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Ljubljana, Slovenia

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Horseback Riding Tours and Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento. Get in touch with nature at Delta El Tigre and Parque 3 de Febrero. Step out of Buenos Aires to go to Ensenada and see Reserva Natural Punta Lara, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. It doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero and see the interesting displays at Fragata ARA Sarmiento.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip planner.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Buenos Aires is an approximately 21-hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Ljubljana to Buenos Aires. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Ljubljana in December, with highs in Buenos Aires at 33°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Delta El Tigre, Reserva Natural Punta Lara
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Delta El Tigre ©
Delta El Tigre
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

3
nights
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento ©
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): do a tasting at Bodega Boutique El Legado and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Real de San Carlos. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Historico, wander the streets of Plaza Mayor, then don't miss a visit to Porton de Campo, then steep yourself in history at Bastion de San Miguel, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Paseo de San Gabriel.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Colonia del Sacramento trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Buenos Aires to Colonia del Sacramento in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In December in Colonia del Sacramento, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Fri) before leaving for Cabo Polonio.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Bodega Boutique El Legado
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Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Paseo de San Gabriel ©
Paseo de San Gabriel

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 21st (Sat): kick back and relax at Parque Nacional de Cabo Polonio and then visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cabo Polonio travel planner.

Drive from Colonia del Sacramento to Cabo Polonio in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Colonia del Sacramento to Cabo Polonio, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Punta del Diablo.

Things to do in Cabo Polonio

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio ©
Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio

3
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa de Los Pescadores and Las Achiras Beach. Visiting Playa de la Viuda and Cerro Verde e Islas de la Coronilla will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fortress of Santa Teresa, pause for some photo ops at Artigas Monument, and learn about winemaking at Jose Ignacio Bodega Oceanica.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Punta del Diablo trip maker site .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Cabo Polonio to Punta del Diablo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Punta del Diablo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rocha, Jose Ignacio Bodega Oceanica, Cerro Verde e Islas de la Coronilla
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Playa de Los Pescadores ©
Playa de Los Pescadores
Playa de la Viuda ©
Playa de la Viuda
Fortress of Santa Teresa ©
Fortress of Santa Teresa

1
day
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 25th (Wed): stroll through Playa Montoya, admire the masterpieces at Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Punta Ballena, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Pinares.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Punta del Este trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Punta del Diablo to Punta del Este in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Punta del Diablo to Punta del Este, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Punta del Este are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Piriapolis.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Maldonado
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Playa Pinares ©
Playa Pinares
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo ©
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo
Playa Montoya ©
Playa Montoya

2
nights
Piriapolis, Uruguay

Piriapolis ©
Founded in 1890, Piriapolis ranks among the premier beach resort destinations in the country.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): kick back and relax at Balneario Argentino, then take in the awesome beauty at Pan De Azucar, and then make a trip to Cerro San Antonio. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa San Francisco and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Colorada.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Piriapolis trip itinerary maker app .

You can take a bus from Punta del Este to Piriapolis in an hour. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Montevideo.

Things to do in Piriapolis

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pan De Azucar, Balneario Argentino
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Pan De Azucar ©
Pan De Azucar
Playa Punta Colorada ©
Playa Punta Colorada
Cerro San Antonio ©
Cerro San Antonio

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.
Relax by the water at Balneario Kiyu and Ramirez Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pizzorno Family Estates and Iglesia de las Carmelitas. Step out of Montevideo with an excursion to Costa Llana Reserva in San Jose de Mayo--about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Pocitos, don't miss a visit to Monumento a Juan Pablo II, step into the grandiose world of Pittamiglio's Castle, and grab your bike and head to Orange Bike.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Montevideo itinerary maker tool .

You can take a bus from Piriapolis to Montevideo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Montevideo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Montevideo

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Balneario Kiyu, Costa Llana Reserva, Pizzorno Family Estates
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Orange Bike ©
Orange Bike
Iglesia de las Carmelitas ©
Iglesia de las Carmelitas
Pocitos ©
Pocitos

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