59 days in Uruguay Itinerary

59 days in Uruguay Itinerary

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Punta del Este
— 10 nights
Drive
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Rocha
— 7 nights
Drive
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Cabo Polonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Punta del Diablo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Treinta Y Tres
— 1 night
Drive
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Minas
— 4 nights
Drive
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Montevideo
— 21 nights
Drive
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Colonia del Sacramento
— 10 nights
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Punta del Este

— 10 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Mansa and Playa Brava. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Solanas and Playa Punta Ballena. Get out of town with these interesting Punta del Este side-trips: Jose Ignacio (Playa Mansa & Playa de Jose Ignacio), Faro de Jose Ignacio (in Maldonado) and Piriapolis (Playa Punta Colorada, Playa Hermosa, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, surround yourself with nature on Senderos Tours, don't miss a visit to The Fingers of Punta del Este, and awaken your taste buds at The Wine Experience.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Punta del Este driving holiday app.

Belo Horizonte, Brazil to Punta del Este is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Belo Horizonte in January, you will find days in Punta del Este are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rocha.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Rocha

— 7 nights
Relax on the remote, undeveloped beaches in Rocha, an eastern province of Uruguay noted for its sleepy beachfront towns and pristine nature.
Visit La Pedrera and Las Achiras Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Santa Teresa National Park and Playa Grande. Spend the 16th (Sat) exploring nature at Parque Nacional y Reserva de Fauna y Flora El Potrerillo de Santa Teresa. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fortress of Santa Teresa, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Anaconda, stroll through Playa del Barco, and take in the views from Puente Circular.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rocha trip planner.

Getting from Punta del Este to Rocha by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January in Rocha, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car 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 19th (Tue), get outside with Cerro Buena Vista, explore the striking landscape at Medanos de la Barra de Valizas, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bosque de Ombues. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Playa de la Calavera and then visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cabo Polonio online trip planner.

You can drive from Rocha to Cabo Polonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Uruguay Standard Time to Amazon Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Punta del Diablo.

Things to do in Cabo Polonio

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Punta del Diablo

— 3 nights
Formerly a sleepy little fishing town, Punta del Diablo has become a popular seaside getaway with a wealth of attractions natural and manmade.
We've included these beaches for you: Cerro Verde e Islas de la Coronilla and Playa del Rivero. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Grande and Playa de la Viuda. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Los Pescadores, appreciate the history behind Faro Sandra Monumento A Artigas, and ride a horse along Cabalgatas Punta del Diablo.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Punta del Diablo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cabo Polonio to Punta del Diablo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Treinta Y Tres.

Things to do in Punta del Diablo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Treinta Y Tres

— 1 night
Treinta y Tres is the capital city of the Treinta y Tres Department in eastern Uruguay.LocationThe city is located on Route 8, on the north banks of Olimar Grande River. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): paddle through the water with Aventura Nativa and then look for all kinds of wild species at Quebrada de los Cuervos.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Treinta Y Tres sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Punta del Diablo to Treinta Y Tres in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Punta del Diablo to Treinta Y Tres, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in Treinta Y Tres are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Minas.

Things to do in Treinta Y Tres

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Trails

Minas

— 4 nights
The capital of Lavalleja Department, Minas has a population of over 38,000.
Popular historic sites such as Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora del Verdun and Catedral De Minas are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Cerro Arequita and Cerro Artigas. When in Minas, make a side trip to see Represa Arq. Stewart Vargas in Villa Serrana, approximately Villa Serrana away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Salto del Penitente, see the interesting displays at Museo de Replicas en Miniaturas, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Mina de Oro Arrospide, and head outdoors with Valle del Hilo de la Vida.

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Getting from Treinta Y Tres to Minas by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Minas sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Montevideo.

Things to do in Minas

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Montevideo

— 21 nights
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Catedral de Montevideo and Iglesia San Juan Bautista will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Cuchilla alta and Playa Pocitos. Get out of town with these interesting Montevideo side-trips: Playa Costa Azul Canelones (in Costa Azul), Capilla Susana Soca (in Doctor Francisco Soca) and Canelones (Bodega Garaje Casa Grande, Varela Zarranz Winery, &more). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Pocitos, explore the world behind art at Palacio Taranco, get a sense of history and politics at Palacio Legislativo, and take in the pleasant sights at Rambla de Montevideo.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Montevideo trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Minas to Montevideo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January in Montevideo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Montevideo

Museums · Parks · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Colonia del Sacramento

— 10 nights
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Get in touch with nature at Rio de la Plata and Playa Santa Ana. Barrio Historico and Plaza de toros Real de San Carlos are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colonia del Sacramento: Casa Evans (in Conchillas) and Carmelo (Playa Sere, Bodega Boutique El Legado, &more). Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Fomento, snap pictures at Puerta de la Ciudadela, and wander the streets of Plaza Mayor.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Colonia del Sacramento road trip website.

Drive from Montevideo to Colonia del Sacramento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Colonia del Sacramento sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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.