46 days in Uruguay Itinerary

46 days in Uruguay Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Toronto
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Punta del Este
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Rocha
— 6 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
3
Punta del Diablo
— 3 nights
Bus + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
4
Cabo Polonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Minas
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Colonia del Sacramento
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Carmelo
— 4 nights
Bus:  6 h 30 min
8
Salto
— 4 nights
Bus:  5 h 45 min
9
Montevideo
— 8 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Toronto

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Punta del Este: Punta Ballena (Playa Punta Ballena & Playa Solanas), Piriapolis (Playa Punta Colorada & Cerro San Antonio) and Pan De Azucar (in Pan de Azucar). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, don't miss a visit to The Fingers of Punta del Este, step off the mainland to explore Isla de Lobos, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Montoya.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Punta del Este trip maker app.

Toronto, Canada to Punta del Este is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Uruguay Standard Time is 2 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Toronto in December: high temperatures in Punta del Este hover around 28°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rocha.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Maldonado, Piriapolis, Pan De Azucar
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

6
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.
Spend the 29th (Sun) exploring nature at Santa Teresa National Park. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Fortress of Santa Teresa, take in the views from Puente Circular, tour the pleasant surroundings at Balneario Punta Rubia, and kick back and relax at Playa La Moza.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rocha trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Punta del Este to Rocha in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Punta del Diablo.

Things to do in Rocha

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Balneario Punta Rubia
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

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Punta del Diablo: Chuy (Fuerte de San Miguel & Parque Nacional San Miguel). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de la Viuda, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa del Rivero, take in the views from Puente Colgante, and appreciate the history behind Faro Sandra Monumento A Artigas.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Punta del Diablo tour itinerary website.

Getting from Rocha to Punta del Diablo by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rocha to Punta del Diablo is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cabo Polonio.

Things to do in Punta del Diablo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
On the 7th (Tue), visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio, enjoy the sand and surf at Beaches at Cabo Polonio, then stroll through Playa Los Botes, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Faro Cabo Santa Maria. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional de Cabo Polonio and then kick back and relax at Playa de la Calavera.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cabo Polonio trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Punta del Diablo to Cabo Polonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Minas.

Things to do in Cabo Polonio

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

La Paloma
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

4
nights
Minas

Minas ©
The capital of Lavalleja Department, Minas has a population of over 38,000.
Take a break from Minas with a short trip to Catedral de Canelones in Canelones, about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: walk around Parque Salto del Penitente, admire the natural beauty at Parque Rodo, don't miss a visit to Plaza Libertad, and stop by Alfajores Artesanales Villa Serrana.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Minas online trip builder.

You can drive from Cabo Polonio to Minas in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Amazon Standard Time (AMT) to Uruguay Standard Time (UYT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, daily temperatures in Minas can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Minas

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Catedral de Canelones
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Arequita ©
Cerro Arequita
Parque Salto del Penitente ©
Parque Salto del Penitente
Museo de Replicas en Miniaturas ©
Museo de Replicas en Miniaturas

7
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, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Barrio Historico, contemplate the long history of Plaza de toros Real de San Carlos, take in the views from Puerta de la Ciudadela, and contemplate the waterfront views at Rio de la Plata.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Colonia del Sacramento road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Minas to Colonia del Sacramento takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Colonia del Sacramento are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Carmelo.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Santa Ana, Museo Cars
Highlights from your plan
Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse ©
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse
La Calle de los Suspiros ©
La Calle de los Suspiros

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.
Explore Carmelo's surroundings by going to Playa de la Agraciada (in Nueva Palmira), Represa de Palmar (in Mercedes) and Fray Bentos (Balneario Las Canas & Ex Frigorífico Anglo). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Bodega Boutique El Legado, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Sere, pause for some photo ops at Plaza Artigas, and tee off at Carmelo Golf.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Carmelo route planner.

You can drive from Colonia del Sacramento to Carmelo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can take a bus to Salto.

Things to do in Carmelo

Outdoors Wineries Beaches

Side Trips

Fray Bentos, Playa de la Agraciada, Represa de Palmar
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Boutique El Legado ©
Bodega Boutique El Legado
Balneario Las Canas ©
Balneario Las Canas
Playa de la Agraciada ©
Playa de la Agraciada

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Salto: Paysandu (Meseta de Artigas, Museo Historico 'Casa del Espiritu de Paysandu', &more) and Meseta de Artigas (in Chapicuy). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Acuamania, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen, admire the striking features of Visitas Guiadas, and cool off at Parque Termal Agua Clara.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Salto trip itinerary builder.

Take a bus from Carmelo to Salto in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Carmelo, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Salto, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Montevideo.

Things to do in Salto

Historic Sites Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Paysandu, Meseta de Artigas, Bodega Bertolini & Broglio, Parque Termal Agua Clara
Highlights from your plan
Gruta del Padre Pio ©
Gruta del Padre Pio
Bodega Bertolini & Broglio ©
Bodega Bertolini & Broglio
Meseta de Artigas ©
Meseta de Artigas

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Montevideo side-trips: Canelones (Pizzorno Family Estates & Cuchilla alta). The adventure continues: make a trip to Plaza Independencia, admire the striking features of Palacio Salvo, hunt for treasures at Mercado del Puerto, and take in the pleasant sights at Rambla de Montevideo.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Montevideo trip planner.

You can take a bus from Salto to Montevideo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Salto in January, expect nights in Montevideo to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are little chillier, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Montevideo

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Canelones
Highlights from your plan
Pizzorno Family Estates ©
Pizzorno Family Estates
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia
Pocitos ©
Pocitos

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