34 days in Argentina & Uruguay Itinerary

34 days in Argentina & Uruguay Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South America holiday planner

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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 3 nights
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Minas, Uruguay
— 2 nights
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Cabo Polonio, Uruguay
— 3 nights
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Valizas, Uruguay
— 1 night
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Punta del Diablo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
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Rocha, Uruguay
— 3 nights
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Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 4 nights
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Piriapolis, Uruguay
— 2 nights
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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 4 nights
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Ferry to Buenos Aires, Drive to El Palomar, Fly to San Carlos de Bariloche
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 1 night
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Cordoba, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Puerto Madryn, Argentina
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Montevideo, Uruguay

— 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.
Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes has been added to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Castillo Pittamiglio and Iglesia de las Carmelitas. Palacio Taranco and Museo Torres Garcia will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: do a tasting at Bouza Bodega Boutique, see the interesting displays at Museo del Gaucho y de la Moneda, kick back and relax at Playa Pocitos, and take a stroll through Avenida 18 de Julio.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Montevideo online route planner.

Brasilia, Brazil to Montevideo is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Brasilia in October, expect Montevideo to be a bit cooler, temps between 23°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Minas.

Things to do in Montevideo

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Minas, Uruguay

— 2 nights
The capital of Lavalleja Department, Minas has a population of over 38,000.
On the 4th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Grutas de Salamanca and then stroll through Parque Salto del Penitente. On your second day here, go deep underground at Mina de Oro Arrospide, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora del Verdun, then examine the collection at Museo de Replicas en Miniaturas, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Budista Chagdud Gonpa Sengue Dzong.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Minas day trip planning website.

Drive from Montevideo to Minas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cabo Polonio.

Things to do in Minas

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Cabo Polonio, Uruguay

— 3 nights
The isolated hamlet of Cabo Polonio, part of Uruguay's remote Rocha province, offers a different take on a South American beach holiday.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Beaches at Cabo Polonio and Parque Nacional de Cabo Polonio. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio and Playa de la Calavera. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Cerro Buena Vista.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cabo Polonio trip planner.

You can drive from Minas to Cabo Polonio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minas to Cabo Polonio due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Valizas.

Things to do in Cabo Polonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

Valizas, Uruguay

— 1 night
With its rustic spas, simple fishing villages, and artisans producing crafts, Valizas remains a popular choice for bohemian vacationers.
On the 9th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Bosque de Ombues and then take in the dramatic natural features at Medanos de la Barra de Valizas.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Valizas travel planner.

Valizas is just a stone's throw from Cabo Polonio. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Punta del Diablo.

Things to do in Valizas

Wildlife · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Punta del Diablo, Uruguay

— 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.
On the 10th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Faro Sandra Monumento A Artigas, stroll through Playa Grande, and then kick back and relax at Cerro Verde e Islas de la Coronilla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): look for gifts at Paseo de los Artesanos, then snap pictures at Puente Colgante, and then try out the rides at Complejo Turistico Chuy.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Punta del Diablo trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Valizas to Punta del Diablo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rocha.

Things to do in Punta del Diablo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Rocha, Uruguay

— 3 nights
Relax on the remote, undeveloped beaches in Rocha, an eastern province of Uruguay noted for its sleepy beachfront towns and pristine nature.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fortress of Santa Teresa and Faro Cabo Santa Maria. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Balneario Punta Rubia and Playa La Moza. There's much more to do: stroll through Monte de Ombúes, contemplate the waterfront views at Playa del Barco, and kick back and relax at Playa Los Botes.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocha online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Punta del Diablo to Rocha takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Amazon Standard Time (AMT) to Uruguay Standard Time (UYT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in November, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Rocha

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Punta del Este, Uruguay

— 4 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.
You'll explore and learn at Museo Del Mar and Guerra Galeria de Arte. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ralli Museum Punta del Este and Arboretum Lussich. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Cuartel de Dragones, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa el Emir, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Fernando de Maldonado, and admire the landmark architecture of Museo – Taller de Casapueblo.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Punta del Este day trip tool.

You can drive from Rocha to Punta del Este in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Punta del Este can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Piriapolis.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Piriapolis, Uruguay

— 2 nights
Founded in 1890, Piriapolis ranks among the premier beach resort destinations in the country.
On the 19th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Castillo Pittamiglio - Universo Pittamiglio and then stroll through Playa Hermosa. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Playa Solanas, kick back and relax at Balneario Argentino, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chihuahua.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Piriapolis journey planner.

You can drive from Punta del Este to Piriapolis in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Piriapolis can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Piriapolis

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

— 4 nights
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 Molino Quemado. Plaza Mayor and Granja Colonia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Colonia del Sacramento: Carmelo (Playa Sere & Canteras del Cerro). Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Paseo de San Gabriel, make a trip to Centro Cultural Bastion Del Carmen, explore the ancient world of Convento de San Francisco, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ferrando.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Colonia del Sacramento travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Piriapolis to Colonia del Sacramento takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. In November, daily temperatures in Colonia del Sacramento can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

— 1 night
Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): stop by Chocolates Rapanui, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia San Eduardo, and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Bonita.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Carlos de Bariloche trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, car, and flight from Colonia del Sacramento to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Colonia del Sacramento in November, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in San Carlos de Bariloche: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Cordoba.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Cordoba, Argentina

— 2 nights

The Learned One

History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Colegio Nacional de Monserrat and then stroll through Reserva Natural Vaquerias. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at El Cerro de la Cruz, then kick back and relax at Balneario Playas de Oro, and then examine the collection at Museo Emilio Caraffa.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cordoba road trip planner.

You can fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Cordoba in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in November: highs in Cordoba hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to fly to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Cordoba

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Ushuaia, Argentina

— 2 nights

End of the World

Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
On the 29th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On the next day, kick back and relax at Playa Larga, see the interesting displays at Museo Yamana, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Fin del Mundo, then see the interesting displays at CASA BEBAN, and finally don't miss a visit to Galeria Tematica Historia Fueguina.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ushuaia travel route planner.

You can fly from Cordoba to Ushuaia in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Cordoba in November; daily highs in Ushuaia reach 11°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

— 3 nights
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): examine the collection at Museo de Gemas, stroll through Estancia San Lorenzo, and then get to know the fascinating history of The Town of Gaiman. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Costas de Patagonia, get a new perspective on nature at Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Casa del Poeta.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Madryn itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Ushuaia to Puerto Madryn in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

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.

Argentina travel guide

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Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.