38 days in Uruguay Itinerary

38 days in Uruguay Itinerary

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38 days in Uruguay Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly + bus:  6​h 30​min
1
Punta del Este
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Rocha
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Cabo Polonio
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Punta del Diablo
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h 30​min
5
Rivera
— 3 nights
bus:  5​h
6
Salto
— 5 nights
bus:  6​h 30​min
7
Carmelo
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
8
Montevideo
— 8 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Santiago

6
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Arboretum Lussich and Playa Punta Colorada. Get a sense of the local culture at Ralli Museum Punta del Este and Vina Eden. Explore Punta del Este's surroundings by going to Playa de Jose Ignacio (in Jose Ignacio), Parque Salto del Penitente (in Minas) and Piriapolis (Rambla de Piriapolis, Cerro San Antonio, & more). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pan De Azucar, step off the mainland to explore Isla Gorriti, examine the collection at Museo del Mar, and get great views at Mirador Punta Ballena.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Punta del Este online sightseeing planner .

Santiago, Chile to Punta del Este is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Punta del Este is 1 hour. In September in Punta del Este, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rocha.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Maldonado, Piriapolis, Playa de Jose Ignacio, Pan De Azucar, Parque Salto del Penitente
Highlights from your plan
Parque Salto del Penitente ©
Parque Salto del Penitente
Arboretum Lussich ©
Arboretum Lussich
Playa de Jose Ignacio ©
Playa de Jose Ignacio

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Fortress of Santa Teresa and Grutas de Salamanca. Step out of the city life by going to Santa Teresa National Park and Monte de Ombúes. Step out of Rocha to go to La Pedrera and see La Pedrera, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa de Punta del Diablo, snap pictures at Puente Circular, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aguas Dulces, and wander the wide-open spaces of Guardia Del Monte.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rocha online road trip planner .

Drive from Punta del Este to Rocha in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Rocha sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cabo Polonio.

Things to do in Rocha

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

La Pedrera, Grutas de Salamanca
Highlights from your plan
Santa Teresa National Park ©
Santa Teresa National Park
Fortress of Santa Teresa ©
Fortress of Santa Teresa
La Pedrera ©
La Pedrera

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Los Botes, enjoy the sea views from Faro Cabo Santa Maria, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Beaches at Cabo Polonio, and finally enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Luna llena en el anden, take an in-depth tour of Museo De La Paloma, and then identify plant and animal life at Bosque de Ombues.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cabo Polonio trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Rocha to Cabo Polonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rocha to Cabo Polonio due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Punta del Diablo.

Things to do in Cabo Polonio

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

La Paloma, Bosque de Ombues
Highlights from your plan
Beaches at Cabo Polonio ©
Beaches at Cabo Polonio
Faro Cabo Santa Maria ©
Faro Cabo Santa Maria
Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio ©
Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio

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 out of the city life by going to Playa de Los Pescadores and Playa del Rivero. Explore hidden gems such as Cabalgatas Punta del Diablo and Complejo Turistico Chuy. When in Punta del Diablo, make a side trip to see Monumento La Mano de Alberti in Chuy, approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de la Viuda and take in the views from Puente Colgante.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Punta del Diablo trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Cabo Polonio to Punta del Diablo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rivera.

Things to do in Punta del Diablo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Chuy, Puente Colgante
Highlights from your plan
Playa de Los Pescadores ©
Playa de Los Pescadores
Playa de la Viuda ©
Playa de la Viuda
Playa del Rivero ©
Playa del Rivero

3
nights
Rivera

Rivera ©
The capital of the department of the same name, Rivera stands on the border with Brazil, with the city of Santana do Livramento only a street away.
Get in touch with nature at Parque Gran Bretana and Subida de Pena. Do some cultural sightseeing at Saint Fructuosus Cathedral and Minas de Corrales, Capital del Oro. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rivera: Tacuarembo (Polideportivo Tacuarembo, Museo del Indio y del Gaucho Washington Escobar, & more) and Piedra Pintada (in Artigas). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Sineriz Shopping, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepcion, and make a trip to Plaza Artigas.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rivera trip maker app .

You can drive from Punta del Diablo to Rivera in 9.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Amazon Time to Uruguay Time is 1 hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Salto.

Things to do in Rivera

Historic Sites Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Tacuarembo, Subida de Pena, Piedra Pintada
Highlights from your plan
Parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepcion ©
Museo de Geociencias ©
Museo de Geociencias

5
nights
Salto

Salto ©
In a thriving citrus-growing region, Salto allows visitors to explore attractive riverfront areas and admire neatly preserved 19th-century architecture.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gruta del Padre Pio and Teatro Florencio Sanchez. Iglesia Catedral de San Juan and Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Salto: Paysandu (Cascadas Del Queguay, Monumento al General Jose Gervasio Artigas, & more). There's much more to do: get outside with Hot Springs of Arapey, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Hombre y la Tecnologia, make a splash at Aquatic Park Termas de Salto Grande, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Bellas Artes.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Salto holiday planner .

Traveling by bus from Rivera to Salto takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Salto can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Carmelo.

Things to do in Salto

Outdoors Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Paysandu
Highlights from your plan
Gruta del Padre Pio ©
Gruta del Padre Pio
Teatro Florencio Sanchez ©
Teatro Florencio Sanchez
Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen ©
Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica De Santisimo Sacramento and Bodega Boutique El Legado. Discover out-of-the-way places like Convento de San Francisco and Galeria de los Suspiros. Get out of town with these interesting Carmelo side-trips: Fray Bentos (Ex Frigorífico Anglo & Balneario Las Canas) and Colonia del Sacramento (Paseo de San Gabriel, Museo del Humor, & more).

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Carmelo online trip maker .

You can take a bus from Salto to Carmelo in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Salto in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Carmelo: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Montevideo.

Things to do in Carmelo

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Colonia del Sacramento, Fray Bentos
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Boutique El Legado ©
Bodega Boutique El Legado
Basilica De Santisimo Sacramento ©
Basilica De Santisimo Sacramento
Convento de San Francisco ©
Convento de San Francisco

8
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.
Pizzorno Family Estates and 1972 Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Iglesia de las Carmelitas and Avenida 18 de Julio. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montevideo: Establecimiento Juanico (in Canelones) and Molino Quemado (in Nueva Helvecia). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo del Gaucho y de la Moneda, take some stellar pictures from Mirador Panoramico de Montevideo, stroll around El Prado, and grab your bike and head to Orange Bike.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Montevideo vacation planner.

Traveling by bus from Carmelo to Montevideo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Montevideo, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Montevideo

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Canelones, Molino Quemado
Highlights from your plan
Pizzorno Family Estates ©
Pizzorno Family Estates
Iglesia de las Carmelitas ©
Iglesia de las Carmelitas
1972 Museum ©
1972 Museum

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