33 days in Uruguay Itinerary

33 days in Uruguay Itinerary

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33 days in Uruguay Itinerary

Start: Stockholm
Fly:  20 h
1
Montevideo
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Colonia del Sacramento
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Minas
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Maldonado
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Punta del Diablo
— 3 nights
Bus + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
6
Cabo Polonio
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  28 h
End: Stockholm

7
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at 1972 Museum and Iglesia de las Carmelitas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montevideo: Costa Llana Reserva (in San Jose de Mayo) and Pizzorno Family Estates (in Canelones). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, wander the streets of Pocitos, get lost in a book at Libreria Puro Verso, and try your luck at Sofitel Montevideo Casino.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Montevideo trip planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Montevideo is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Stockholm to Montevideo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Stockholm in June: high temperatures in Montevideo hover around 19°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Montevideo

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Pizzorno Family Estates, Costa Llana Reserva
Highlights from your plan
Rambla de Montevideo ©
Rambla de Montevideo
1972 Museum ©
1972 Museum
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia

6
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 hidden gems such as Bodega Boutique El Legado and Galeria de los Suspiros. Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica De Santisimo Sacramento, explore the ancient world of Convento de San Francisco, and take a leisurely stroll along Muelle del Puerto de Yates.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Colonia del Sacramento tour planning tool .

Traveling by car from Montevideo to Colonia del Sacramento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Colonia del Sacramento can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Minas.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Museo Cars, Bodega Boutique El Legado
Highlights from your plan
Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico
Bodega Boutique El Legado ©
Bodega Boutique El Legado
Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento ©
Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento

4
nights
Minas

Minas ©
The capital of Lavalleja Department, Minas has a population of over 38,000.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parque Salto del Penitente and Grutas de Salamanca. Take a break from Minas with a short trip to Grutas de Salamanca in Aigua, about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Cerro Arequita, go deep underground at Mina de Oro Arrospide, look for gifts at Alfajores Artesanales Villa Serrana, and make a trip to Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora del Verdun.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Minas using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Colonia del Sacramento to Minas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Minas, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Maldonado.

Things to do in Minas

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Grutas de Salamanca
Highlights from your plan
Parque Salto del Penitente ©
Parque Salto del Penitente
Cerro Arequita ©
Cerro Arequita
Grutas de Salamanca ©
Grutas de Salamanca

6
nights
Maldonado

Maldonado ©
One of the larger cities in the country, Maldonado draws visitors primarily interested in the city's coastline and the wider region's beaches.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Arboretum Lussich and Rambla General Jose Artigas. Venture out of the city with trips to Piriapolis (La Reserva de Fauna, Cerro San Antonio, & more), Pan De Azucar (in Pan de Azucar) and Playa de Jose Ignacio (in Jose Ignacio). There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Mirador Punta Ballena, make a trip to Fundacion Pablo Atchugarry, explore the world behind art at Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, and admire the landmark architecture of Casapueblo.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Maldonado tour itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Minas to Maldonado takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Minas in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 11°C in Maldonado. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Punta del Diablo.

Things to do in Maldonado

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Punta del Este, Piriapolis, Pan De Azucar, Playa de Jose Ignacio
Highlights from your plan
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo ©
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo
Arboretum Lussich ©
Arboretum Lussich
La Reserva de Fauna ©
La Reserva de Fauna

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Santa Teresa National Park and Playa de Los Pescadores. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Fortress of Santa Teresa, appreciate the history behind Artigas Monument, take in the views from Puente Colgante, and hunt for treasures at Pescaderia Punta del Diablo.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Punta del Diablo online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Maldonado to Punta del Diablo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Maldonado to Punta del Diablo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Cabo Polonio.

Things to do in Punta del Diablo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rocha, Puente Colgante
Highlights from your plan
Santa Teresa National Park ©
Santa Teresa National Park
Fortress of Santa Teresa ©
Fortress of Santa Teresa
Playa de la Viuda ©
Playa de la Viuda

3
nights
Cabo Polonio

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Beaches at Cabo Polonio and Bosque de Ombues. Venture out of the city with trips to La Pedrera (in La Pedrera) and La Paloma (Faro Cabo Santa Maria & Playa Los Botes). The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio, identify plant and animal life at Monte de Ombúes, and explore the striking landscape at Medanos de la Barra de Valizas.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cabo Polonio trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Punta del Diablo to Cabo Polonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo Polonio

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Valizas, La Paloma, Monte de Ombúes, La Pedrera
Highlights from your plan
Beaches at Cabo Polonio ©
Beaches at Cabo Polonio
Medanos de la Barra de Valizas ©
Medanos de la Barra de Valizas
Monte de Ombúes ©
Monte de Ombúes

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