38 days in Uruguay Itinerary

38 days in Uruguay Itinerary

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38 days in Uruguay Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Cabo Polonio
— 5 nights
taxi + bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Punta del Diablo
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Punta del Este
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Minas
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Montevideo
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Colonia del Sacramento
— 6 nights
+3
ferry + foot + bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Santiago

5
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.
Visit Faro Cabo Santa Maria and Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio for their historical value. Visit Beaches at Cabo Polonio and Aguas Dulces for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Cabo Polonio: La Paloma (Playa Los Botes, Luna llena en el anden, & more), Guardia Del Monte (in Rocha) and La Pedrera (in La Pedrera). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Bosque de Ombues, explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional de Cabo Polonio, and take in the dramatic natural features at Medanos de la Barra de Valizas.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cabo Polonio road trip planner .

Santiago, Chile to Cabo Polonio is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Punta del Diablo.

Things to do in Cabo Polonio

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

La Paloma, Rocha, Valizas, La Pedrera
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La Pedrera ©
La Pedrera
Beaches at Cabo Polonio ©
Beaches at Cabo Polonio
Faro Cabo Santa Maria ©
Faro Cabo Santa Maria

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa de Los Pescadores and Playa de la Viuda. Discover out-of-the-way places like Fortress of Santa Teresa and Santa Teresa National Park. Explore Punta del Diablo's surroundings by going to Chuy (Monumento La Mano de Alberti & Complejo Turistico Chuy). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Punta del Diablo, appreciate the history behind Artigas Monument, stroll through Playa del Rivero, and identify plant and animal life at Cerro Verde e Islas de la Coronilla.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Punta del Diablo trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Cabo Polonio to Punta del Diablo by combination of taxi and bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Punta del Diablo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rocha, Chuy, La Coronilla
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Playa de Los Pescadores ©
Playa de Los Pescadores
Playa de la Viuda ©
Playa de la Viuda
Playa del Rivero ©
Playa del Rivero

8
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa de Jose Ignacio and Playa Punta Colorada. Visit Playa Hermosa and Playa de Los Ingleses for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Pan De Azucar (in Pan de Azucar), Playa Solanas (in Punta Ballena) and Castillo Pittamiglio (in Maldonado). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Lussich, get great views at Mirador Punta Ballena, make a trip to Fundacion Pablo Atchugarry, and see the interesting displays at Museo del Mar.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Punta del Este trip planner.

Drive from Punta del Diablo to Punta del Este in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Amazon Time (AMT) to Uruguay Time (UYT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. October in Punta del Este sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Minas.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Maldonado, Piriapolis, Pan De Azucar, Playa de Jose Ignacio
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Playa de Jose Ignacio ©
Playa de Jose Ignacio
Playa Punta Colorada ©
Playa Punta Colorada
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

4
nights
Minas

Minas ©
The capital of Lavalleja Department, Minas has a population of over 38,000.
Visiting Parque Salto del Penitente and Cerro Arequita will get you outdoors. Buddhist Monastery and Catedral De Minas will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Minas: Grutas de Salamanca (in Aigua) and Represa Arq. Stewart Vargas (in Villa Serrana). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Valle del Hilo de la Vida, see the interesting displays at Museo de Replicas en Miniaturas, walk around Salus' Park, and explore the striking landscape at Cerro Artigas.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Minas trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Punta del Este to Minas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Montevideo.

Things to do in Minas

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Represa Arq. Stewart Vargas, Grutas de Salamanca
Highlights from your plan
Parque Salto del Penitente ©
Parque Salto del Penitente
Grutas de Salamanca ©
Grutas de Salamanca
Cerro Arequita ©
Cerro Arequita

9
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.
Popular historic sites such as Iglesia de las Carmelitas and Cementerio del Buceo are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pizzorno Family Estates and Pittamiglio's Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Montevideo side-trips: Canelones (Iglesia de San Jacinto & Establecimiento Juanico) and Balneario Kiyu (in Libertad). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at 1972 Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, take some stellar pictures from Mirador Panoramico de Montevideo, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Orange Bike.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Montevideo road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Minas to Montevideo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Montevideo are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Montevideo

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Canelones, Balneario Kiyu
Highlights from your plan
Pizzorno Family Estates ©
Pizzorno Family Estates
Iglesia de las Carmelitas ©
Iglesia de las Carmelitas
Establecimiento Juanico ©
Establecimiento Juanico

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.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Sere and Playa Ferrando. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica De Santisimo Sacramento and Convento de San Francisco. Change things up with these side-trips from Colonia del Sacramento: Carmelo (Puente Giratorio, Bodega Boutique El Legado, & more) and Nueva Helvecia (Molino Quemado & Extrablatt). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza Mayor, take in the waterfront at Paseo de San Gabriel, examine the collection at Granja Colonia, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Matriz.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Colonia del Sacramento online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Montevideo to Colonia del Sacramento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Carmelo, Nueva Helvecia, Museo Cars
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

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