23 days in Uruguay Itinerary

23 days in Uruguay Itinerary

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23 days in Uruguay Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Ferry:  2 h 15 min
1
Montevideo
— 4 nights
Bus:  2 h
2
Punta del Este
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Rocha
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
4
Punta del Diablo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Minas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Colonia del Sacramento
— 5 nights
Ferry:  1 h 15 min
End: Buenos Aires

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.
Step out of Montevideo with an excursion to Pizzorno Family Estates in Canelones--about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, take a stroll through Ciudad Vieja, take a leisurely stroll along Rambla de Montevideo, and hunt for treasures at Mercado del Puerto.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Montevideo road trip app .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Montevideo is an approximately 2.5-hour ferry ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect slightly colder evenings in Montevideo when traveling from Buenos Aires in January, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Montevideo

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Pizzorno Family Estates
Highlights from your plan
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia
Pocitos ©
Pocitos
Rambla de Montevideo ©
Rambla de Montevideo

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Punta del Este: Piriapolis (Playa Punta Colorada & Cerro San Antonio), Playa Solanas (in Punta Ballena) and Pan De Azucar (in Pan de Azucar). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to The Fingers of Punta del Este, take some stellar pictures from Mirador Punta Ballena, snap pictures at Puente Leonel Viera, and head off the coast to Isla Gorriti.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Punta del Este travel itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Montevideo to Punta del Este in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Punta del Este are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rocha.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Maldonado, Piriapolis, Pan De Azucar
Highlights from your plan
Playa Mansa ©
Playa Mansa
The Fingers of Punta del Este ©
The Fingers of Punta del Este
Puerto de Punta del Este ©
Puerto de Punta del Este

4
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.
Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring nature at Santa Teresa National Park. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Fortress of Santa Teresa, explore the activities along Laguna de Rocha, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa La Moza, and stroll through Playa Anaconda.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rocha trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Punta del Este to Rocha takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Rocha sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Punta del Diablo.

Things to do in Rocha

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Beaches at Cabo Polonio
Highlights from your plan
Santa Teresa National Park ©
Santa Teresa National Park
Fortress of Santa Teresa ©
Fortress of Santa Teresa
Laguna de Rocha ©
Laguna de Rocha

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio, appreciate the history behind Artigas Monument, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de la Viuda, and finally kick back and relax at Playa del Rivero. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Fuerte de San Miguel, snap pictures at Puente Colgante, and then stroll through Playa de Los Pescadores.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Punta del Diablo trip maker tool .

Getting from Rocha to Punta del Diablo by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rocha to Punta del Diablo is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Minas.

Things to do in Punta del Diablo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio, Puente Colgante, Fuerte de San Miguel
Highlights from your plan
Playa de la Viuda ©
Playa de la Viuda
Playa del Rivero ©
Playa del Rivero
Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio ©
Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio

3
nights
Minas

Minas ©
The capital of Lavalleja Department, Minas has a population of over 38,000.
Minas is known for wildlife, parks, nature, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Cerro Arequita, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Salto del Penitente, see human ingenuity at work at Parque y Represa OSE, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral De Minas.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Minas trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Punta del Diablo to Minas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Punta del Diablo to Minas. In January, daily temperatures in Minas can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Minas

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

5
nights
Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia del Sacramento ©
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colonia del Sacramento: Carmelo (Carmelo Golf, Bodega Boutique El Legado, & more). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Barrio Historico, contemplate the long history of Plaza de toros Real de San Carlos, explore the activities along Rio de la Plata, and go for a walk through Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Colonia del Sacramento trip website .

Getting from Minas to Colonia del Sacramento by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Colonia del Sacramento sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry back home.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Carmelo, Museo Cars, Playa Santa Ana
Highlights from your plan
Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse ©
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse
Bodega Boutique El Legado ©
Bodega Boutique El Legado

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