20 days in Uruguay, Brazil & Buenos Aires Itinerary

20 days in Uruguay, Brazil & Buenos Aires Itinerary

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20 days in Uruguay, Brazil & Buenos Aires Itinerary

Start: Curitiba, Brazil
Drive:  10 h 30 min
1
Santa Cruz do Sul, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive:  11 h
2
Durazno, Uruguay
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 1 night
Ferry:  1 h 15 min
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Ferry:  2 h 15 min
5
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h
6
Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Cabo Polonio, Uruguay
— 1 night
Drive:  10 h 45 min
8
Santa Cruz do Sul, Brazil
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Bento Goncalves, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
10
Cambara do Sul, Brazil
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Curitiba, Brazil


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2
nights
Santa Cruz do Sul, Brazil

Santa Cruz do Sul ©
Santa Cruz do Sul is a city in central Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. On the 14th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Centro de Cultura Jornalista Francisco Jose Frantz, admire the local landmark of Praca Getulio Vargas, then sample the tasty concoctions at HBier Cerveja Artesanal, and finally examine the collection at Emilio Osmundo Assmann Municipal Museum.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Santa Cruz do Sul online driving holiday planner.

Curitiba to Santa Cruz do Sul is an approximately 5- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Durazno.

Things to do in Santa Cruz do Sul

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Emilio Osmundo Assmann Municipal Museum
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Praca Getulio Vargas ©
Praca Getulio Vargas
HBier Cerveja Artesanal ©
HBier Cerveja Artesanal

1
day
Durazno, Uruguay

Durazno ©
Durazno is the capital city of the department of Durazno in Uruguay. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Bioparque Washington Rodriguez Piquinela, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Pedro, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Historico de Durazno.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Durazno road trip app.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz do Sul to Durazno takes 9 hours. In January, daytime highs in Durazno are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Durazno

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Iglesia de San Pedro ©
Iglesia de San Pedro

1
night
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 16th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Historico.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Colonia del Sacramento sightseeing planner.

Traveling by bus from Durazno to Colonia del Sacramento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Colonia del Sacramento are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse ©
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse

4
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.
Visit Cemiterio de Recoleta and Calle Defensa for their historical value. Let the collections at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires and Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo capture your imagination. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Puerto Madero, get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, shop like a local with Recoleta, and get to know the fascinating history of La Boca.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Buenos Aires holiday builder app.

You can ride a ferry from Colonia del Sacramento to Buenos Aires in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Montevideo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa

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.
On the 21st (Tue), don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, get engrossed in the history at Cabildo de Montevideo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Montevideo, then stop by Ciudad Vieja, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Pocitos, admire the masterpieces at Palacio Taranco, then learn about winemaking at Pizzorno Family Estates, and finally get engrossed in the history at Casa Quinta de Luis Alberto de Herrera.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Montevideo trip itinerary website.

You can ride a ferry from Buenos Aires to Montevideo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Buenos Aires in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Montevideo, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods Museums Wineries

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 23rd (Thu), take in the views from Puente Leonel Viera, see the interesting displays at Museo del Mar, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Candelaria.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Punta del Este trip builder app.

Traveling by bus from Montevideo to Punta del Este takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Punta del Este can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cabo Polonio.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Puente Leonel Viera
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia Candelaria ©
Iglesia Candelaria
Museo del Mar ©
Museo del Mar
Puente Leonel Viera ©
Puente Leonel Viera

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Beaches at Cabo Polonio, then get outside with Cerro Buena Vista, and then visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cabo Polonio online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Punta del Este to Cabo Polonio by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Uruguay Time (UYT) to Amazon Time (AMT) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Santa Cruz do Sul.

Things to do in Cabo Polonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Beaches at Cabo Polonio ©
Beaches at Cabo Polonio
Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio ©
Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio
Cerro Buena Vista ©
Cerro Buena Vista

3
nights
Santa Cruz do Sul, Brazil

Santa Cruz do Sul ©
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Igreja Matriz Sao Sebastiao Martir and Univates University Museum of Natural Science. You'll explore and learn at Regional Center of Culture Rio Pardo Memorial of the Army and Colegio Maua Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Rio Pardo (Igreja Metodista de Rio Pardo & Rua da Ladeira). Explore Santa Cruz do Sul further: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Sao Joao Batista, appreciate the history behind Praca da Bandeira, make a trip to Portico de Santa Cruz do Sul, and head outdoors with Parque Municipal da Gruta dos Indios.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Santa Cruz do Sul holiday builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cabo Polonio to Santa Cruz do Sul. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cabo Polonio to Santa Cruz do Sul. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bento Goncalves.

Things to do in Santa Cruz do Sul

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Rio Pardo, Igreja Matriz Sao Sebastiao Martir, Univates University Museum of Natural Science
Highlights from your plan
Colegio Maua Museum ©
Colegio Maua Museum
Igreja Matriz Sao Sebastiao Martir ©
Igreja Matriz Sao Sebastiao Martir
Catedral Sao Joao Batista ©
Catedral Sao Joao Batista

2
nights
Bento Goncalves, Brazil

Bento Goncalves ©
Founded in 1875, the young city of Bento Goncalves boasts a rich recent history and attractions that tastefully complement its surrounding natural features.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Miolo Wine Group, then do a tasting at Casa Valduga Winery, then indulge your taste buds at Aurora Winery, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Caminhos de Pedra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Vale dos Vinhedos and then examine the collection at Famiglia Tasca.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Bento Goncalves day trip planner.

Drive from Santa Cruz do Sul to Bento Goncalves in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cambara do Sul.

Things to do in Bento Goncalves

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Famiglia Tasca
Highlights from your plan
Aurora Winery ©
Aurora Winery
Vale dos Vinhedos ©
Vale dos Vinhedos
Casa Valduga Winery ©
Casa Valduga Winery

2
nights
Cambara do Sul, Brazil

Cambara do Sul ©
Perfectly placed for exploring the dramatic landscape surrounding it, Cambara do Sul has developed into a major hub for ecotourism.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): look for gifts at Sabores da Querencia, then explore the stunning scenery at Canion Fortaleza Cambara do Sul, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of National Park of Aparados da Serra.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cambara do Sul trip planner.

You can drive from Bento Goncalves to Cambara do Sul in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cambara do Sul

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Canion Fortaleza Cambara do Sul ©
Canion Fortaleza Cambara do Sul
Sabores da Querencia ©
Sabores da Querencia
National Park of Aparados da Serra ©
National Park of Aparados da Serra

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