27 days in Puerto Iguazu, Uruguay & Buenos Aires Itinerary

27 days in Puerto Iguazu, Uruguay & Buenos Aires Itinerary

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27 days in Puerto Iguazu, Uruguay & Buenos Aires Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Rocha, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Cabo Polonio, Uruguay
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
7
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 7 nights
Fly + shuttle:  20​h 45​min
End: Ljubljana, Slovenia

4
nights
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

Puerto Iguazu ©
The gateway to a national park inscribed on the World Heritage List, growing Puerto Iguazu sits on the confluence of two major rivers near the border with Paraguay and Brazil.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cataratas del Iguazu - Lado Argentino and La Aripuca. Change things up with these side-trips from Puerto Iguazu: Iguazu National Park (Iguazu Falls & Isla San Martin) and Wanda Mines (in Wanda). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Guiraoga, look for gifts at Capriccio Alfajores & Gourmet, explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Iguazu, and take in the waterfront at Paseo de la Identidad.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Puerto Iguazu day trip tool .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Puerto Iguazu is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Ljubljana in December, things will get warmer in Puerto Iguazu: highs are around 35°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Iguazu National Park, Wanda Mines
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Cataratas del Iguazu - Lado Argentino ©
Guiraoga ©
Guiraoga

4
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa de Jose Ignacio and Fundacion Pablo Atchugarry. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Punta del Este: Pan De Azucar (in Pan de Azucar) and Cerro San Antonio (in Piriapolis). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Brava, don't miss a visit to The Fingers of Punta del Este, explore the world behind art at Ralli Museum Punta del Este, and identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Lussich.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Punta del Este attractions planning site .

You can fly from Puerto Iguazu to Punta del Este in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Puerto Iguazu in December: highs in Punta del Este hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Rocha.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Maldonado, Cerro San Antonio, Pan De Azucar, Playa de Jose Ignacio
Highlights from your plan
Playa de Jose Ignacio ©
Playa de Jose Ignacio
Playa Brava ©
Playa Brava
Fundacion Pablo Atchugarry ©
Fundacion Pablo Atchugarry

2
nights
Rocha, Uruguay

Rocha ©
Relax on the remote, undeveloped beaches in Rocha, an eastern province of Uruguay noted for its sleepy beachfront towns and pristine nature.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at La Pedrera and then steep yourself in history at Fortress of Santa Teresa. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Santa Teresa National Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rocha trip planner .

Getting from Punta del Este to Rocha by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cabo Polonio.

Things to do in Rocha

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

La Pedrera
Highlights from your plan
Santa Teresa National Park ©
Santa Teresa National Park
Fortress of Santa Teresa ©
Fortress of Santa Teresa
La Pedrera ©
La Pedrera

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.
On the 5th (Sun), stroll through Beaches at Cabo Polonio and then enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cabo Polonio vacation planner.

Getting from Rocha to Cabo Polonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rocha to Cabo Polonio is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Montevideo.

Things to do in Cabo Polonio

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

4
nights
Montevideo, Uruguay

With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Walking tours and 1972 Museum. Step out of Montevideo to go to Canelones and see Pizzorno Family Estates, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Mirador Panoramico de Montevideo, don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, ponder the world of politics at Palacio Municipal de Montevideo, and explore the historical opulence of Pittamiglio's Castle.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Montevideo trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Cabo Polonio to Montevideo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Amazon Time (AMT) to Uruguay Time (UYT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. January in Montevideo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trip

Pizzorno Family Estates
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
1972 Museum ©
1972 Museum
Mirador Panoramico de Montevideo ©
Mirador Panoramico de Montevideo

2
nights
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento ©
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
On the 10th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Rio de la Plata, go for a walk through Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento, and then don't miss a visit to Galeria de los Suspiros. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Barrio Historico, then take in the views from Puerta de la Ciudadela, then wander the streets of Plaza Mayor, and finally make a trip to Muelle del Puerto de Yates.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Colonia del Sacramento trip planner.

Drive from Montevideo to Colonia del Sacramento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Colonia del Sacramento can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Nature Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Rio de la Plata ©
Rio de la Plata
Puerta de la Ciudadela ©
Puerta de la Ciudadela
Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento ©
Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento

7
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Horseback Riding Tours and Museo de La Plata. Get out of town with these interesting Buenos Aires side-trips: Catedral de San Isidro (in San Isidro), Delta El Tigre (in Tigre) and Lujan (Basilica de Lujan & Museos & Cripta Basilica Nuestra Senora De Lujan). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Plata, get to know the resident critters at Temaiken Biopark, examine the collection at Museo River Plate, and make a trip to Paseo La Plaza.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires road trip planning website .

Ride a ferry from Colonia del Sacramento to Buenos Aires in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

La Plata, Lujan, Delta El Tigre, Catedral de San Isidro, Temaiken Biopark
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Catedral de la Plata ©
Catedral de la Plata
Museo de La Plata ©
Museo de La Plata

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