48 days in Uruguay Itinerary

48 days in Uruguay Itinerary

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48 days in Uruguay Itinerary

Start: Norwich
Fly + Drive:  28 h
1
Cabo Polonio
— 2 nights
Taxi + Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Punta del Diablo
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
3
Rocha
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Maldonado
— 7 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Ferry:  4 h 15 min
5
Colonia del Sacramento
— 10 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Carmelo
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
7
Montevideo
— 12 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Minas
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  27 h
End: Norwich

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Beaches at Cabo Polonio and Parque Nacional de Cabo Polonio. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Faro Cabo Santa Maria and Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio. Change things up with a short trip to Playa Los Botes in La Paloma (about 46 minutes away). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Medanos de la Barra de Valizas and kick back and relax at Playa de la Calavera.

To find traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Cabo Polonio trip itinerary planning site .

Norwich, UK to Cabo Polonio is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Amazon Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Punta del Diablo.

Things to do in Cabo Polonio

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

La Paloma, Medanos de la Barra de Valizas
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Beaches at Cabo Polonio ©
Beaches at Cabo Polonio
Faro Cabo Santa Maria ©
Faro Cabo Santa Maria
Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio ©
Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa de la Viuda, kick back and relax at Playa de Los Pescadores, and then pause for some photo ops at Artigas Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Cerro Verde e Islas de la Coronilla, then kick back and relax at Playa del Rivero, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Grande, and finally take in the views from Puente Colgante.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Punta del Diablo tour planner.

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Cabo Polonio to Punta del Diablo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Rocha.

Things to do in Punta del Diablo

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
Step out of the city life by going to La Pedrera and Playa de Punta del Diablo. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fortress of Santa Teresa and Galeria Pueblo Garzon. Take a break from Rocha with a short trip to Grutas de Salamanca in Aigua, about 1h 10 min away. Spend the 17th (Mon) exploring nature at Santa Teresa National Park. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Balneario Punta Rubia, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Rocha, identify plant and animal life at Monte de Ombúes, and snap pictures at Puente Circular.

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Traveling by bus from Punta del Diablo to Rocha takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Punta del Diablo to Rocha. In August in Rocha, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Maldonado.

Things to do in Rocha

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

La Pedrera, Grutas de Salamanca, Galeria Pueblo Garzon
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La Pedrera ©
La Pedrera
Santa Teresa National Park ©
Santa Teresa National Park
Playa de Punta del Diablo ©
Playa de Punta del Diablo

7
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.
Get outdoors at Playa de Jose Ignacio and Playa Punta Colorada. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ralli Museum Punta del Este and Playa Hermosa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Maldonado: Cerro San Antonio (in Piriapolis), Pan De Azucar (in Pan de Azucar) and Vina Eden (in Punta del Este). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Lussich, take some stellar pictures from Mirador Punta Ballena, examine the collection at Museo Mazzoni, and do a tasting at Alto de la Ballena.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Maldonado tour planner.

Getting from Rocha to Maldonado by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Maldonado can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Maldonado

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Punta del Este, 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
Ralli Museum Punta del Este ©
Ralli Museum Punta del Este

10
nights
Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia del Sacramento ©
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Portugues and Museo Municipal Dr. Bautista Rebuffo. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento and Galeria de los Suspiros. There's still lots to do: stop by Barrio Historico, delve into the distant past at Convento de San Francisco, steep yourself in history at Bastion de San Miguel, and examine the collection at Museo Cars.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Colonia del Sacramento online travel planner .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Maldonado to Colonia del Sacramento in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Colonia del Sacramento sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmelo.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Munay Pampa, Antik Objetos con Alma, Museo Cars, Playa Santa Ana
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Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico
Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento ©
Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento
Galeria de los Suspiros ©
Galeria 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.
Visit Balneario Las Canas and Playa Sere for some beach relaxation. Appreciate the collections at Ex Frigorífico Anglo and Museo de Madera - Escultor Jose Castro. Get out of town with these interesting Carmelo side-trips: Arbol Timbo (in Villa Soriano) and Balneario Concordia (in Dolores). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Bodega Boutique El Legado, tee off at Carmelo Golf, delve into the distant past at Calera de las huerfanas, and explore the striking landscape at Canteras del Cerro.

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Getting from Colonia del Sacramento to Carmelo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Montevideo.

Things to do in Carmelo

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Fray Bentos, Arbol Timbo, Balneario Concordia
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Bodega Boutique El Legado ©
Bodega Boutique El Legado
Balneario Las Canas ©
Balneario Las Canas
Ex Frigorífico Anglo ©
Ex Frigorífico Anglo

12
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.
Visit Playa Malvin and Playa La Mulata for some beach relaxation. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pizzorno Family Estates and Museo Casa de Gobierno. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montevideo: Costa Llana Reserva (in San Jose de Mayo) and Canelones (Bodega Garaje Casa Grande & Establecimiento Juanico). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de las Carmelitas, see the interesting displays at Museo de Historia del Arte - MuHAr, and visit Ciudad Vieja.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Montevideo trip planning tool .

Take a bus from Carmelo to Montevideo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Montevideo, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Minas.

Things to do in Montevideo

Museums Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Canelones, Costa Llana Reserva
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Pizzorno Family Estates ©
Pizzorno Family Estates
1972 Museum ©
1972 Museum
Establecimiento Juanico ©
Establecimiento Juanico

2
nights
Minas

Minas ©
The capital of Lavalleja Department, Minas has a population of over 38,000.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral De Minas, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Salto del Penitente, then see the interesting displays at Museo de Replicas en Miniaturas, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Cerro Arequita. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora del Verdun, then go deep underground at Mina de Oro Arrospide, and then get outside with Valle del Hilo de la Vida.

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You can drive from Montevideo to Minas in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Minas

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Parque Salto del Penitente ©
Parque Salto del Penitente
Cerro Arequita ©
Cerro Arequita
Museo de Replicas en Miniaturas ©
Museo de Replicas en Miniaturas

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