19 days in Uruguay Itinerary

19 days in Uruguay Itinerary

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19 days in Uruguay Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
ferry:  1 h 30 min
1
Carmelo
— 3 nights
Drive:  7 h 45 min
2
Treinta Y Tres
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Rocha
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
4
Jose Ignacio
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Montevideo
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h
6
Colonia del Sacramento
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1 h 15 min
End: Buenos Aires

3
nights
Carmelo

Carmelo ©
Founded in 1816 by Uruguayan national hero Jose Gervasio Artigas, Carmelo houses a population of under 20,000, though plenty more come here to enjoy holidays on the banks of the Arroyo de las Vacas River.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmelo: Conchillas (Puerto de Conchillas & Casa Evans). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Bodega Boutique El Legado, don't miss a visit to Balneario Zagarzazu, take in the exciting artwork at Museo de Madera - Escultor Jose Castro, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Sere.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Carmelo online trip planner .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Carmelo is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. March in Carmelo sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Fri) before leaving for Treinta Y Tres.

Things to do in Carmelo

Wineries Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Conchillas
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Boutique El Legado ©
Bodega Boutique El Legado
Bodega Zubizarreta ©
Bodega Zubizarreta
Playa Sere ©
Playa Sere

3
nights
Treinta Y Tres

Treinta Y Tres ©
Treinta y Tres is the capital city of the Treinta y Tres Department in eastern Uruguay.LocationThe city is located on Route 8, on the north banks of Olimar Grande River. Quebrada de los Cuervos has been added to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Obelisco Fundadores de Treinta y Tres, trek along Quebrada de los Cuervos, then contemplate the long history of Arco Bicentenario De Artigas, and finally appreciate the history behind Plaza 19 de Abril.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Treinta Y Tres sightseeing planner.

Traveling by bus from Carmelo to Treinta Y Tres takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Rocha.

Things to do in Treinta Y Tres

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Quebrada de los Cuervos ©
Quebrada de los Cuervos
Plaza 19 de Abril ©
Plaza 19 de Abril
Obelisco Fundadores de Treinta y Tres ©

3
nights
Rocha

Rocha ©
Relax on the remote, undeveloped beaches in Rocha, an eastern province of Uruguay noted for its sleepy beachfront towns and pristine nature.
Go for a jaunt from Rocha to La Pedrera to see La Pedrera about 32 minutes away. Spend the 10th (Tue) exploring nature at Santa Teresa National Park. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fortress of Santa Teresa, stroll through Beaches at Cabo Polonio, and contemplate the waterfront views at Playa del Barco.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocha trip app .

Drive from Treinta Y Tres to Rocha in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Treinta Y Tres in March, plan for slightly colder days in Rocha, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. On the 12th (Thu), you're off to Jose Ignacio.

Things to do in Rocha

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Beaches at Cabo Polonio, La Pedrera
Highlights from your plan
Santa Teresa National Park ©
Santa Teresa National Park
Fortress of Santa Teresa ©
Fortress of Santa Teresa
Beaches at Cabo Polonio ©
Beaches at Cabo Polonio

4
nights
Jose Ignacio

Jose Ignacio ©
An upmarket spa town with plentiful natural sites and ecotourism, Jose Ignacio attracts an exclusive crowd with its feeling of pristine seclusion and small town charm.
Change things up with these side-trips from Jose Ignacio: Minas (Parque Salto del Penitente, Cerro Artigas, &more) and Bodega Garzon (in Garzon). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Jose Ignacio, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Jose Ignacio, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Bikini, and head outdoors with Haras Godiva.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Jose Ignacio itinerary planning website .

Getting from Rocha to Jose Ignacio by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In March in Jose Ignacio, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Montevideo.

Things to do in Jose Ignacio

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Minas, Bodega Garzon, Playa Bikini
Highlights from your plan
Parque Salto del Penitente ©
Parque Salto del Penitente
Cerro Arequita ©
Cerro Arequita
Playa de Jose Ignacio ©
Playa de Jose Ignacio

2
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.
Free Walking Tour has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get the lay of the land with Free Walking Tour, make a trip to Montevideo Sign, then take a stroll through Ciudad Vieja, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado del Puerto, and then take in the pleasant sights at Rambla de Montevideo.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Montevideo online holiday planner .

You can drive from Jose Ignacio to Montevideo in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Jose Ignacio in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Montevideo, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Montevideo

Shopping Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia
Ciudad Vieja ©
Ciudad Vieja
Rambla de Montevideo ©
Rambla de Montevideo

3
nights
Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia del Sacramento ©
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Colonia del Sacramento is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Barrio Historico, steep yourself in history at Plaza de toros Real de San Carlos, make a trip to Muelle del Puerto de Yates, and contemplate the waterfront views at Rio de la Plata.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Colonia del Sacramento online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Montevideo to Colonia del Sacramento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Colonia del Sacramento are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse ©
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse
La Calle de los Suspiros ©
La Calle de los Suspiros

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