30 days in Uruguay & Paraguay Itinerary

30 days in Uruguay & Paraguay Itinerary

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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 3 nights
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 4 nights
Drive
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Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Melo, Uruguay
— 1 night
Drive
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Tacuarembo, Uruguay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Encarnacion, Paraguay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay
— 3 nights
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Pedro Juan Caballero, Paraguay
— 3 nights
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Asuncion, Paraguay
— 4 nights
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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

— 3 nights
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Matriz, take a stroll through Barrio Historico, stop by Almacen La Carlota, then don't miss a visit to La Calle de los Suspiros, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Colonia del Sacramento journey builder app.

Zurich, Switzerland to Colonia del Sacramento is an approximately 37-hour flight. You can also travel. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Colonia del Sacramento is minus 4 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 12°C. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Montevideo.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Nature

Montevideo, Uruguay

— 4 nights
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Montevideo is known for shopping, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Pocitos, explore the world behind art at Palacio Taranco, don't miss a visit to Galeria SOA Arte Contemporaneo, and get a sense of history and politics at Palacio Legislativo.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Montevideo holiday planner.

You can drive from Colonia del Sacramento to Montevideo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Montevideo

Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods · Parks

Punta del Este, Uruguay

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): stroll through Playa Pinares and then don't miss a visit to The Fingers of Punta del Este. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Punta Ballena, then stroll through Arboretum Lussich, then kick back and relax at Playa Solanas, and finally make a trip to La Vista Punta Del Este.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Punta del Este trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Montevideo to Punta del Este takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Punta del Este sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Melo.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Melo, Uruguay

— 1 night
Melo is the capital city of the Cerro Largo Department of north-eastern Uruguay. Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nuestra Senora del Pilar y San Rafael, then examine the collection at Museo Posta del Chuy, and then examine the collection at Museo Historico General Aparicio Saravia.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Melo road trip planner.

You can drive from Punta del Este to Melo in 4 hours. Traveling from Punta del Este in September, you will find days in Melo are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tacuarembo.

Things to do in Melo

Museums · Historic Sites

Tacuarembo, Uruguay

— 3 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.
Step out of Tacuarembo to go to Rivera and see Minas de Corrales, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Pozo Hondo, see the interesting displays at Museo del Indio y del Gaucho Washington Escobar, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Fructuosus Cathedral, and stroll through Gruta de los Helechos.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tacuarembo day trip planning site.

Drive from Melo to Tacuarembo in 3 hours. Traveling from Melo to Tacuarembo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melo in September, you will find days in Tacuarembo are a bit cooler (18°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). On the 3rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Encarnacion.

Things to do in Tacuarembo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Encarnacion, Paraguay

— 3 nights

Pearl of the South

Encarnacion offers a good selection of cultural and natural attractions.
Venture out of the city with trips to Trinidad (Parque Ecologico Ita Cajon & La Santisima Trinidad De Parana) and Mision Jesuita de San Cosme y San Damian (in San Cosme y Damian). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Ruinas de Jesús, get to know the fascinating history of Costanera de la Ciudad de Encarnacion Paraguay, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Catedral Nuestra Senora, and stroll through San Jose Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Encarnacion trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Tacuarembo to Encarnacion in 10.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Tacuarembo in October; daily highs in Encarnacion reach 33°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ciudad Del Este.

Things to do in Encarnacion

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay

— 3 nights

Supermarket of South America

The commercial center of eastern Paraguay, busy Ciudad Del Este serves primarily as a shopping destination for Argentines and Brazilians.
Step out of Ciudad Del Este with an excursion to Refugio Tati Yupi in Hernandarias--about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Saltos del Monday, buy something for everyone on your list at SAX, make a trip to PRESA DE ITAIPU, and join in the after-dark buzz at Monalisa Paraguay.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ciudad Del Este vacation planner.

Drive from Encarnacion to Ciudad Del Este in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Encarnacion to Ciudad Del Este due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pedro Juan Caballero.

Things to do in Ciudad Del Este

Shopping · Fun & Games · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Pedro Juan Caballero, Paraguay

— 3 nights
Home to a famous shopping center, Pedro Juan Cabellero welcomes visitors looking for deals on clothing, electronics, furniture, and many other consumer goods.
Pedro Juan Caballero is known for shopping and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Parque Nacional Cerro Cora, browse the different shops at Shopping Planet Outlet, and browse the range of quality goods at Shopping China Importados.

Discover how to plan a Pedro Juan Caballero trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Ciudad Del Este to Pedro Juan Caballero in 6.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Ciudad Del Este to Pedro Juan Caballero, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Pedro Juan Caballero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Asuncion.

Things to do in Pedro Juan Caballero

Parks · Shopping · Nature

Asuncion, Paraguay

— 4 nights

Mother of Cities

Paraguay's capital and economic center, Asuncion ranks among the youngest cities on the continent, with more than half of its residents under 30 years of age.
Get out of town with these interesting Asuncion side-trips: San Bernardino (Aventura Xtrema & Lago Ypacarai), Vivant (in Lambare) and Catedral Virgen de Caacupe (in Caacupe). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Casa de la Independencia, don't miss a visit to Costanera de Asuncion, explore the galleries of Museo del Barro, and explore the wide array of goods at Paseo La Galeria.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Asuncion sightseeing planner.

You can take a bus from Pedro Juan Caballero to Asuncion in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Asuncion can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Asuncion

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

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.

Paraguay travel guide

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Shopping Malls · Landmarks · Gift & Specialty Shops
Heart of South America
Divided in half by its eponymous river, Paraguay is a land of contrasts, especially between its lush eastern region where most of the population lives and the arid west, filled with rustic villages and old Jesuit colonies. Although under Spanish rule for three centuries and with a recent history of dictatorships and wars, Paraguay retained its native Guarani culture, with more than 80 percent of population of indigenous heritage. You'll find plenty of things to do in Paraguay, from touring cosmopolitan cities and quaint Jesuit colonies, to browsing affordable arts and crafts stores and sailing on rivers that crisscross the diverse natural landscape that makes up this landlocked nation.