21 days in Uruguay Itinerary

21 days in Uruguay Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Uruguay route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Montevideo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Colonia del Sacramento
— 3 nights
Drive
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Punta del Este
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cabo Polonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Punta del Diablo
— 4 nights
Drive to Carrasco International /General C L Berisso Airport, Fly to Riga

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Montevideo

— 5 nights
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Visiting Playa Pocitos and Orange Bike will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Plaza Independencia, take a stroll through Pocitos, get a sense of history and politics at Palacio Legislativo, and hunt for treasures at Mercado del Puerto.

To find maps and more tourist information, go to the Montevideo tour planner.

Riga, Latvia to Montevideo is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Riga to Montevideo is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Riga in January, things will get warmer in Montevideo: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Montevideo

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Colonia del Sacramento

— 3 nights
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Get in touch with nature at Rio de la Plata and Playa Fomento. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Santa Ana and Playa Real de San Carlos. The adventure continues: visit Barrio Historico, go for a walk through Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento, take in the views from Puerta de la Ciudadela, and delve into the distant past at Bastion de San Miguel.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Colonia del Sacramento trip planner.

Traveling by car from Montevideo to Colonia del Sacramento takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Punta del Este

— 5 nights

Monaco of South America

With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Mansa and Playa Solanas. Get outdoors at Playa Brava and Pan De Azucar. Get out of town with these interesting Punta del Este side-trips: Playa de Jose Ignacio (in Jose Ignacio), Piriapolis (Barcos del Este & Playa Punta Colorada) and Playa Punta Ballena (in Punta Ballena). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, examine the collection at Museo Del Mar, don't miss a visit to Puerto de Punta del Este, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Pinares.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Punta del Este trip maker app.

Drive from Colonia del Sacramento to Punta del Este in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. Traveling from Colonia del Sacramento in January, expect nights in Punta del Este to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cabo Polonio.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Cabo Polonio

— 2 nights
The isolated hamlet of Cabo Polonio, part of Uruguay's remote Rocha province, offers a different take on a South American beach holiday.
On the 17th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Medanos de la Barra de Valizas, enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio, and then stroll through Playa de la Calavera. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bosque de Ombues, then enjoy the sand and surf at La Pedrera, and then kick back and relax at Beaches at Cabo Polonio.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cabo Polonio travel planner.

You can drive from Punta del Este to Cabo Polonio in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Uruguay Standard Time (UYT) to Amazon Standard Time (AMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Punta del Diablo.

Things to do in Cabo Polonio

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Punta del Diablo

— 4 nights
Formerly a sleepy little fishing town, Punta del Diablo has become a popular seaside getaway with a wealth of attractions natural and manmade.
Visit Playa Grande and Playa de la Viuda for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Santa Teresa National Park and Playa de Punta del Diablo. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Los Pescadores, snap pictures at Puente Colgante, contemplate the long history of Fortress of Santa Teresa, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa del Rivero.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Punta del Diablo trip planner.

Getting from Cabo Polonio to Punta del Diablo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Punta del Diablo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Uruguay travel guide

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Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings
Switzerland of South America
One of the smallest countries in South America, tourist-friendly Uruguay is often called the "Switzerland of South America" because of its consistent economic development and progressive society. Open-minded Montevideo serves as the starting point of most Uruguay vacations, offering visitors an eclectic cultural scene and a chance to discover some of South America's major architectural treasures. Away from the cosmopolitan capital city, vacations in Uruguay involve exploring wildlife-rich areas along the Atlantic and touring the rustic interior on horseback, gaucho style. In this sports-loving country, the highlight of your Uruguay trip might just be a soccer match between Penarol and Nacional, the country's two major clubs.