59 days in Uruguay Itinerary

59 days in Uruguay Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Uruguay travel route planner

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Punta del Este
— 5 nights
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Rocha
— 6 nights
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Cabo Polonio
— 2 nights
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Minas
— 4 nights
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Tacuarembo
— 3 nights
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Salto
— 5 nights
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Paysandu
— 3 nights
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Mercedes
— 2 nights
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Carmelo
— 4 nights
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Colonia del Sacramento
— 7 nights
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San Jose de Mayo
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Montevideo
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Punta del Este

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pan De Azucar (in Pan de Azucar) and Piriapolis (Barcos del Este, Cerro San Antonio, &more). The adventure continues: make a trip to The Fingers of Punta del Este, take in the views from Puente Leonel Viera, see the interesting displays at Museo Del Mar, and try to win big at Conrad Casino.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Punta del Este online travel planner.

Montevideo to Punta del Este is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. August in Punta del Este sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rocha.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Rocha

— 6 nights
Relax on the remote, undeveloped beaches in Rocha, an eastern province of Uruguay noted for its sleepy beachfront towns and pristine nature.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rocha: La Pedrera (La Pedrera & Eco Equus Cabalgatas). Spend the 10th (Mon) exploring nature at Santa Teresa National Park. Spend the 12th (Wed) exploring nature at Parque Nacional y Reserva de Fauna y Flora El Potrerillo de Santa Teresa. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fortress of Santa Teresa, kick back and relax at Las Achiras Beach, wander the wide-open spaces of Guardia Del Monte, and stroll through Playa Grande.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rocha trip planner.

Traveling by car from Punta del Este to Rocha takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Rocha, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cabo Polonio.

Things to do in Rocha

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Cabo Polonio

— 2 nights
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 15th (Sat), stroll through Playa de la Calavera and then enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): get outside with Cerro Buena Vista, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bosque de Ombues, and then stroll through Beaches at Cabo Polonio.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cabo Polonio trip builder 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Minas.

Things to do in Cabo Polonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Minas

— 4 nights
The capital of Lavalleja Department, Minas has a population of over 38,000.
Step out of Minas with an excursion to Bodega Garzon in Garzon--about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Salto del Penitente, don't miss a visit to Plaza Libertad, stop by Alfajores Artesanales Villa Serrana, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora del Verdun.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Minas online travel planner.

You can drive from Cabo Polonio to Minas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Amazon Standard Time (AMT) to Uruguay Standard Time (UYT) is 1 hour. August in Minas sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tacuarembo.

Things to do in Minas

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tacuarembo

— 3 nights
Established by presidential decree in 1831, Tacuarembo grew over time into the capital of its eponymous department, largely because of its agricultural industry fed by the Tacuarembo river that flows through the northern part of town.
Step out of Tacuarembo with an excursion to Valle del Lunarejo in Rivera--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Pozo Hondo, soothe aching muscles at Balneario Ipora, see the interesting displays at Museo Carlos Gardel, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Artes Visuales de Tacuarembo (MUART).

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tacuarembo online day trip planner.

You can drive from Minas to Tacuarembo in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Uruguay Standard Time to Amazon Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Tacuarembo can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Salto.

Things to do in Tacuarembo

Parks · Nature · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Salto

— 5 nights
In a thriving citrus-growing region, Salto allows visitors to explore attractive riverfront areas and admire neatly preserved 19th-century architecture.
Take a break from Salto with a short trip to Meseta de Artigas in Chapicuy, about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see what you can catch with Best Dorado Fishing, laugh and play at Parque Termal Agua Clara, admire the landmark architecture of Visitas Guiadas, and get outside with PescaDorados.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Salto trip planner.

Drive from Tacuarembo to Salto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tacuarembo to Salto is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tacuarembo in August: highs in Salto hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Paysandu.

Things to do in Salto

Outdoors · Theme Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Paysandu

— 3 nights
Situated on the banks of the Uruguay River, the city of Paysandu nestles up close to the border with Argentina, and, with a population of over 76,000, represents the country's fourth-largest city.
Paysandu is known for historic sites, fun & games, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Monumento a Perpetuidad, see the interesting displays at Museo Historico 'Casa del Espiritu de Paysandu', pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Basilica de Paysandu, and don't miss a visit to Cementerio de Paysandu.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Paysandu trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Salto to Paysandu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Mercedes.

Things to do in Paysandu

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Mercedes

— 2 nights
Mercedes is the capital and largest city of the department of Soriano in Uruguay. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Mercedes, don't miss a visit to Espacio Memoria, then head outdoors with Represa de Palmar, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Rambla de Mercedes. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Balneario Las Canas, then take in the waterfront at Fray Bentos Rambla, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza Constitucion.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mercedes trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Paysandu to Mercedes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Paysandu in August, Mercedes is a bit cooler at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carmelo.

Things to do in Mercedes

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Carmelo

— 4 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Carmelo side-trips: Casa Evans (in Conchillas) and Playa de la Agraciada (in Nueva Palmira). There's much more to do: do a tasting at Bodega Boutique El Legado, play a few rounds at Carmelo Golf, make a trip to Muelle Antiguo y playa, and view the masterpieces at Museo de Madera - Escultor Jose Castro.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Carmelo vacation maker site.

You can drive from Mercedes to Carmelo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Mercedes in September: highs in Carmelo hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Carmelo

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours · Golf

Side Trips

Colonia del Sacramento

— 7 nights
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: wander the streets of Barrio Historico, see the interesting displays at Museo Cars, take in the pleasant sights at Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento, and don't miss a visit to Porton de Campo.

For more things to do and other tourist information, use the Colonia del Sacramento trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carmelo to Colonia del Sacramento takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Colonia del Sacramento, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Jose de Mayo.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Jose de Mayo

— 2 nights

Little Montevideo

San Jose de Mayo became known as a cultural center during the 19th century.
On the 14th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Balneario Kiyu, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Jose de Mayo, and then make a trip to Teatro Bartolome Maccio. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Espacio Cultural, head outdoors with Sierras de Mahoma, and then browse for treasures at Remates Gonzalez.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose de Mayo driving holiday planner.

Drive from Colonia del Sacramento to San Jose de Mayo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Montevideo.

Things to do in San Jose de Mayo

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Montevideo

— 15 nights
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Explore Montevideo's surroundings by going to Ruta Panoramica Carlos Paes Villaro (in Maldonado), Las Piedras Shopping (in Las Piedras) and Canelones (Pizzorno Family Estates & H. Stagnari Vinos de Autor). There's much more to do: make a trip to Plaza Independencia, visit Pocitos, sample some tasty brews at The Wine Experience, and get a sense of history and politics at Palacio Legislativo.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Montevideo trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from San Jose de Mayo to Montevideo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Montevideo sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Montevideo

Museums · Wineries · Shopping · Tours

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.