19 days in Uruguay Itinerary

19 days in Uruguay Itinerary

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19 days in Uruguay Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  18 h 30 min
1
Punta del Este
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Rocha
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
3
Punta del Diablo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Treinta Y Tres
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h 30 min
5
Minas
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Colonia del Sacramento
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Montevideo
— 4 nights
Fly:  18 h
End: Newark

3
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Mansa and Playa Montoya. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa de Jose Ignacio. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Punta del Este: Playa Solanas (in Punta Ballena), Pan De Azucar (in Pan de Azucar) and Playa Mansa (in Jose Ignacio). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, kick back and relax at Playa Punta Ballena, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Brava, and make a trip to The Fingers of Punta del Este.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Punta del Este trip itinerary planner .

Newark, USA to Punta del Este is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Uruguay Time (UYT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in February, expect Punta del Este to be warmer, temps between 77°F and 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rocha.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Maldonado, Jose Ignacio, Playa Punta Colorada, Pan De Azucar
Highlights from your plan
Playa Mansa ©
Playa Mansa
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo ©
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo
Playa Brava ©
Playa Brava

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.
Kids will enjoy Playa La Moza and Playa del Barco. You'll get in some beach time at La Pedrera and Beaches at Cabo Polonio. Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring nature at Santa Teresa National Park. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Puente Circular.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rocha travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Punta del Este to Rocha by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Rocha are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Punta del Diablo.

Things to do in Rocha

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa del Rivero, identify plant and animal life at Cerro Verde e Islas de la Coronilla, and then identify plant and animal life at Medanos de la Barra de Valizas. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Puente Colgante, kick back and relax at Playa de Los Pescadores, and then kick back and relax at Playa de la Viuda.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Punta del Diablo trip planner .

You can take a bus from Rocha to Punta del Diablo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rocha to Punta del Diablo is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Treinta Y Tres.

Things to do in Punta del Diablo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

La Coronilla, Medanos de la Barra de Valizas
Highlights from your plan
Playa de la Viuda ©
Playa de la Viuda
Playa de Los Pescadores ©
Playa de Los Pescadores
Playa del Rivero ©
Playa del Rivero

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Arco Bicentenario De Artigas, then appreciate the history behind Plaza 19 de Abril, then stroll through Quebrada de los Cuervos, and finally pause for some photo ops at Obelisco Fundadores de Treinta y Tres.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Treinta Y Tres trip builder .

Drive from Punta del Diablo to Treinta Y Tres in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Punta del Diablo to Treinta Y Tres due to the time zone difference. In February, daytime highs in Treinta Y Tres are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Minas.

Things to do in Treinta Y Tres

Parks Outdoors Trails
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 ©

1
night
Minas

Minas ©
The capital of Lavalleja Department, Minas has a population of over 38,000.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Cerro Arequita, examine the collection at Museo de Replicas en Miniaturas, then stroll around Parque Salto del Penitente, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral De Minas.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Minas trip itinerary app .

You can take a bus from Treinta Y Tres to Minas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February in Minas, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Minas

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Parque Salto del Penitente ©
Parque Salto del Penitente
Cerro Arequita ©
Cerro Arequita
Museo de Replicas en Miniaturas ©
Museo de Replicas en Miniaturas

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Santa Ana and Playa Fomento. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Barrio Historico and Bastion de San Miguel. There's lots more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, contemplate the waterfront views at Rio de la Plata, take an in-depth tour of Museo Portugues, and take a stroll through Plaza Mayor.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Colonia del Sacramento tour itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Minas to Colonia del Sacramento in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Colonia del Sacramento are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Montevideo.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Santa Ana
Highlights from your plan
Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse ©
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse
Museo Portugues ©
Museo Portugues

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes and Cabildo de Montevideo. Pocitos and Ciudad Vieja are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Montevideo: Canelones (Cuchilla alta & Pizzorno Family Estates). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Pocitos, explore the world behind art at Centro Municipal de Exposiciones SUBTE, and take a leisurely stroll along Rambla de Montevideo.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Montevideo road trip app .

You can drive from Colonia del Sacramento to Montevideo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in February, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Montevideo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Canelones
Highlights from your plan
Pizzorno Family Estates ©
Pizzorno Family Estates
Ciudad Vieja ©
Ciudad Vieja
Pocitos ©
Pocitos

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