32 days in Uruguay Itinerary

32 days in Uruguay Itinerary

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32 days in Uruguay Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
1
Colonia del Sacramento
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Carmelo
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Paysandu
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Salto
— 4 nights
bus:  5​h 45​min
5
Montevideo
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Minas
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Rocha
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Punta del Este
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Santiago

4
nights
Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia del Sacramento ©
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Colonia del Sacramento is known for historic sites, museums, nature, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Barrio Historico, snap pictures at Puerta de la Ciudadela, take an in-depth tour of Museo Portugues, and stop by De La Plaza.

Start your trip to Colonia del Sacramento by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Santiago, Chile to Colonia del Sacramento is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time (CLT) to Uruguay Time (UYT) is 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Carmelo.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse ©
La Calle de los Suspiros ©
La Calle de los Suspiros

3
nights
Carmelo

Carmelo ©
Founded in 1816 by Uruguayan national hero Jose Gervasio Artigas, Carmelo houses a population of under 20,000, though plenty more come here to enjoy holidays on the banks of the Arroyo de las Vacas River.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmelo: Playa de la Agraciada (in Nueva Palmira) and Casa Evans (in Conchillas). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Bodega Boutique El Legado, don't miss a visit to Balneario Zagarzazu, stroll through Playa Sere, and take in the exciting artwork at Museo de Madera - Escultor Jose Castro.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmelo trip planner .

Drive from Colonia del Sacramento to Carmelo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Carmelo are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Paysandu.

Things to do in Carmelo

Outdoors Wineries Golf

Side Trips

Casa Evans, Playa de la Agraciada
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Boutique El Legado ©
Bodega Boutique El Legado
Playa de la Agraciada ©
Playa de la Agraciada
Bodega Zubizarreta ©
Bodega Zubizarreta

2
nights
Paysandu

Paysandu ©
Situated on the banks of the Uruguay River, the city of Paysandu nestles up close to the border with Argentina, and, with a population of over 76,000, represents the country's fourth-largest city.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): admire the striking features of Teatro Florencio Sanchez, then pause for some photo ops at Monumento a Perpetuidad, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Basilica de Paysandu, and finally make a trip to Meseta de Artigas. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Puente General Artigas, don't miss a visit to Cementerio de Paysandu, then don't miss a visit to Camino de Leandro Gomez, and finally head outdoors with Plaza Constitucion.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Paysandu day trip website .

Traveling by car from Carmelo to Paysandu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Paysandu, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Salto.

Things to do in Paysandu

Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Plaza Constitucion ©
Plaza Constitucion
Meseta de Artigas ©
Meseta de Artigas
Monumento a Perpetuidad ©
Monumento a Perpetuidad

4
nights
Salto

Salto ©
In a thriving citrus-growing region, Salto allows visitors to explore attractive riverfront areas and admire neatly preserved 19th-century architecture.
Go for a jaunt from Salto to Chapicuy to see Meseta de Artigas about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Visitas Guiadas, get outside with Cantera El Terrible, find something for the whole family at Acuamania, and cool off at Aquatic Park Termas de Salto Grande.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Salto road trip site .

Getting from Paysandu to Salto by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In October, daily temperatures in Salto can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Montevideo.

Things to do in Salto

Theme Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bodega Bertolini & Broglio, Meseta de Artigas
Highlights from your plan
Aquatic Park Termas de Salto Grande ©
Bodega Bertolini & Broglio ©
Bodega Bertolini & Broglio
Cantera El Terrible ©
Cantera El Terrible

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Montevideo side-trips: Pizzorno Family Estates (in Canelones) and Las Piedras Shopping (in Las Piedras). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, wander the streets of Pocitos, walk around Parque Rodo, and take a leisurely stroll along Rambla de Montevideo.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Montevideo trip itinerary planning app .

Take a bus from Salto to Montevideo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Salto in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Montevideo: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Minas.

Things to do in Montevideo

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Las Piedras Shopping, Pizzorno Family Estates
Highlights from your plan
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia
Rambla de Montevideo ©
Rambla de Montevideo
Ciudad Vieja ©
Ciudad Vieja

3
nights
Minas

Minas ©
The capital of Lavalleja Department, Minas has a population of over 38,000.
Minas is known for parks, nature, outdoors, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Parque Salto del Penitente, stop by Alfajores Artesanales Villa Serrana, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque Rodo, and head outdoors with Valle del Hilo de la Vida.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Minas online road trip planner .

You can drive from Montevideo to Minas in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October in Minas, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rocha.

Things to do in Minas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Parque Salto del Penitente ©
Parque Salto del Penitente
Cerro Arequita ©
Cerro Arequita

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rocha: Cerro Buena Vista (in Cabo Polonio) and Galeria Pueblo Garzon (in Garzon). Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring nature at Santa Teresa National Park. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Fortress of Santa Teresa, explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional y Reserva de Fauna y Flora El Potrerillo de Santa Teresa, take in the views from Puente Circular, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Rocha.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rocha route builder tool .

Traveling by car from Minas to Rocha takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Rocha can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Rocha

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Galeria Pueblo Garzon, Cerro Buena Vista
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

5
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: Pan De Azucar (in Pan de Azucar), Playa Solanas (in Punta Ballena) and Cerro San Antonio (in Piriapolis). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to The Fingers of Punta del Este, examine the collection at Museo del Mar, snap pictures at Puente Leonel Viera, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Brava.

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

You can drive from Rocha to Punta del Este in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Punta del Este, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Maldonado, Pan De Azucar, Cerro San Antonio
Highlights from your plan
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo ©
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo
The Fingers of Punta del Este ©
The Fingers of Punta del Este
Puerto de Punta del Este ©
Puerto de Punta del Este

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