23 days in Uruguay Itinerary

23 days in Uruguay Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Uruguay attractions planner

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Fly to Ezeiza, Shuttle to Terminal Madero, Ferry to Colonia del Sacramento
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Colonia del Sacramento
— 2 nights
Drive
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Salto
— 1 night
Bus
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Montevideo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Treinta Y Tres
— 1 night
Drive
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Punta del Diablo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cabo Polonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Punta del Este
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tacuarembo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jose Ignacio
— 2 nights
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Drive to Carrasco International /General C L Berisso Airport, Fly to La Guardia Airport, Drive to New York City

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Colonia del Sacramento

— 2 nights
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Bring the kids along to Barrio Historico and Plaza de toros Real de San Carlos. Get some historical perspective at Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse and Calera de las huerfanas. Change things up with these side-trips from Colonia del Sacramento: Carmelo (Museo de Madera - Escultor Jose Castro & Playa Sere). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Rio de la Plata, contemplate the long history of Bastion de San Miguel, take an in-depth tour of Museo Portugues, and take in the views from Puerta de la Ciudadela.

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New York City, USA to Colonia del Sacramento is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry. You can also do a combination of train, flight, shuttle, and ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from New York City to Colonia del Sacramento. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from New York City in June, with highs in Colonia del Sacramento at 61°F and lows at 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Salto.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

Salto

— 1 night
In a thriving citrus-growing region, Salto allows visitors to explore attractive riverfront areas and admire neatly preserved 19th-century architecture.
On the 5th (Fri), get outside with Hot Springs of Arapey, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Hombre y la Tecnologia, and then find something for the whole family at Acuamania. On your second day here, try out the rides at Aquatic Park Termas de Salto Grande, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gruta del Padre Pio, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo de la Ciudad de Salto.

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You can drive from Colonia del Sacramento to Salto in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in June, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can catch the bus to Montevideo.

Things to do in Salto

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Montevideo

— 3 nights
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Visit Catedral de Montevideo and Castillo Pittamiglio for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Velodromo Municipal and El Rosedal. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Plaza Independencia, go for a walk through Rambla de Montevideo, examine the collection at 1972 Museum, and explore the world behind art at Centro Municipal de Exposiciones SUBTE.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Montevideo trip itinerary planning tool.

You can take a bus from Salto to Montevideo in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daytime highs in Montevideo are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Treinta Y Tres.

Things to do in Montevideo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites

Treinta Y Tres

— 1 night
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 10th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Arco Bicentenario De Artigas, then pause for some photo ops at Plaza 19 de Abril, then trek along Quebrada de los Cuervos, and finally pause for some photo ops at Obelisco Fundadores de Treinta y Tres.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Treinta Y Tres holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Montevideo to Treinta Y Tres takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Treinta Y Tres, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Punta del Diablo.

Things to do in Treinta Y Tres

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Punta del Diablo

— 2 nights
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 (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Los Pescadores, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cerro Verde e Islas de la Coronilla, and then snap pictures at Puente Colgante. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Grande, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de la Viuda, and then hunt for treasures at Pescaderia Punta del Diablo.

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Drive from Treinta Y Tres to Punta del Diablo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Treinta Y Tres to Punta del Diablo due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cabo Polonio.

Things to do in Punta del Diablo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): kick back and relax at Beaches at Cabo Polonio and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional de Cabo Polonio. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Cerro Buena Vista, then take in the dramatic natural features at Medanos de la Barra de Valizas, then stroll through Bosque de Ombues, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cabo Polonio planner.

You can drive from Punta del Diablo to Cabo Polonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Cabo Polonio

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Punta del Este

— 3 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo – Taller de Casapueblo and Museo Del Mar. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Iglesia Candelaria and Faro de Punta del Este. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Punta Colorada (in Piriapolis), Pan De Azucar (in Pan de Azucar) and Playa Punta Ballena (in Punta Ballena). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Brava, make a trip to The Fingers of Punta del Este, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Arboretum Lussich.

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Traveling by car from Cabo Polonio to Punta del Este takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cabo Polonio to Punta del Este is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in June, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tacuarembo.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Tacuarembo

— 2 nights
Established by presidential decree in 1831, Tacuarembo grew over time into the capital of its eponymous department, largely because of its agricultural industry fed by the Tacuarembo river that flows through the northern part of town.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Fructuosus Cathedral and then see the interesting displays at Museu FordT City. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Pozo Hondo and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gruta de los Helechos.

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Drive from Punta del Este to Tacuarembo in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Uruguay Standard Time (UYT) to Amazon Standard Time (AMT) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Punta del Este in June: high temperatures in Tacuarembo hover around 53°F and lows are around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Jose Ignacio.

Things to do in Tacuarembo

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Jose Ignacio

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): stroll through Playa de Jose Ignacio. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Jose Ignacio, then get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Pueblo Garzon, and then learn about winemaking at Bodega Garzon.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Jose Ignacio route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Tacuarembo to Jose Ignacio takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tacuarembo to Jose Ignacio, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Tacuarembo in June, with highs in Jose Ignacio at 59°F and lows at 50°F. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Jose Ignacio

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trip

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.