60 days in Uruguay Itinerary

60 days in Uruguay Itinerary

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Fly to Carrasco International /General C L Berisso Airport, Drive to Cabo Polonio
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Cabo Polonio
— 3 nights
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Rocha
— 5 nights
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Punta del Este
— 7 nights
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Minas
— 4 nights
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Trinidad
— 2 nights
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Tacuarembo
— 3 nights
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Rivera
— 4 nights
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Salto
— 5 nights
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Carmelo
— 5 nights
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Colonia del Sacramento
— 7 nights
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Montevideo
— 12 nights
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Cabo Polonio

— 3 nights
The isolated hamlet of Cabo Polonio, part of Uruguay's remote Rocha province, offers a different take on a South American beach holiday.
Visiting Cerro Buena Vista and Beaches at Cabo Polonio will get you outdoors. Spend the 18th (Wed) exploring nature at Parque Nacional de Cabo Polonio. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Bosque de Ombues, kick back and relax at Playa de la Calavera, take in the dramatic natural features at Medanos de la Barra de Valizas, and visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cabo Polonio road trip site.

Johor Bahru, Malaysia to Cabo Polonio is an approximately 41-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 12 hours traveling from Johor Bahru to Cabo Polonio due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rocha.

Things to do in Cabo Polonio

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Rocha

— 5 nights
Relax on the remote, undeveloped beaches in Rocha, an eastern province of Uruguay noted for its sleepy beachfront towns and pristine nature.
Get outdoors at Santa Teresa National Park and La Pedrera. Change things up with a short trip to Grutas de Salamanca in Aigua (about 1h 5 min away). Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring nature at Parque Nacional y Reserva de Fauna y Flora El Potrerillo de Santa Teresa. There's much more to do: stroll through Monte de Ombúes, explore the activities along Laguna de Rocha, and kick back and relax at Playa La Moza.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rocha vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Cabo Polonio to Rocha takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cabo Polonio to Rocha, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. August in Rocha sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Rocha

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Punta del Este

— 7 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Isla de Lobos and Cabalgatas en Villa Serrana. Get out of town with these interesting Punta del Este side-trips: Barcos del Este (in Piriapolis), Pan De Azucar (in Pan de Azucar) and Senderos Tours (in La Paloma). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with MAREAS Escuela de Buceo, stroll through Playa de Jose Ignacio, take a memorable drive along Ruta Panoramica Carlos Paes Villaro, and don't miss a visit to Puerto de Punta del Este.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Punta del Este attractions planner.

You can drive from Rocha to Punta del Este in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Punta del Este sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Minas.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Minas

— 4 nights
The capital of Lavalleja Department, Minas has a population of over 38,000.
Take a break from the city and head to Cerro Arequita and Valle del Hilo de la Vida. There's still lots to do: stroll around Parque Salto del Penitente, take in the dramatic natural features at Cerro Artigas, don't miss a visit to Plaza Libertad, and see human ingenuity at work at Parque y Represa OSE.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Minas itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Punta del Este to Minas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Minas can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Minas

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Trinidad

— 2 nights
Trinidad is the capital city of Flores in southern Uruguay.LocationThe city is located on the intersection of Route 3 with Route 14.GeographyThe stream Arroyo Sarandí, flows west of the city, while the stream Arroyo Porongos flows east of the city, both tributaries of the river Río Yí.Trinidad occupies an area of on an altitude of above sea level.HistoryInitially it was called "Porongos". Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Grutas del Palacio and then stroll through Reserva de Flora y Fauna Dr. Rodolfo TaliceReserva de Flora y Fauna Dr. Rodolfo Talice. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque natural de flora y fauna Dr. Talice.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Trinidad trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Minas to Trinidad in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Trinidad, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Tacuarembo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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.
Get outdoors at Pozo Hondo and Gruta de los Helechos. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Balneario Ipora, examine the collection at Museo del Indio y del Gaucho Washington Escobar, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Fructuosus Cathedral.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tacuarembo journey builder tool.

Traveling by bus from Trinidad to Tacuarembo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Trinidad to Tacuarembo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Trinidad in September, you will find days in Tacuarembo are little chillier (18°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rivera.

Things to do in Tacuarembo

Museums · Parks · Spas · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rivera

— 4 nights
The capital of the department of the same name, Rivera stands on the border with Brazil, with the city of Santana do Livramento only a street away.
Take a break from the city and head to Valle del Lunarejo and Subida de Pena. The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Parque Gran Bretana, look for gifts at Barao Free Shop, join the crowd at Autodromo Eduardo P. Cabrera, and make a trip to Plaza Artigas.

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You can drive from Tacuarembo to Rivera in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Amazon Standard Time (AMT) to Uruguay Standard Time (UYT) is 1 hour. When traveling from Tacuarembo in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Rivera: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Salto.

Things to do in Rivera

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Salto

— 5 nights
In a thriving citrus-growing region, Salto allows visitors to explore attractive riverfront areas and admire neatly preserved 19th-century architecture.
Step out of the city life by going to Meseta de Artigas and Plaza Constitucion. Get out of town with these interesting Salto side-trips: Paysandu (Meseta de Artigas & Camino de Leandro Gomez). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Best Dorado Fishing, admire the landmark architecture of Visitas Guiadas, and do a tasting at Bodega Bertolini & Broglio.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Salto online tour itinerary builder.

Drive from Rivera to Salto in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Salto can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carmelo.

Things to do in Salto

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Wineries

Side Trips

Carmelo

— 5 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 outdoors at Represa de Palmar and Carmelo Golf. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmelo: Rambla de Mercedes (in Mercedes), Playa de la Agraciada (in Nueva Palmira) and Arbol Timbo (in Villa Soriano). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Bodega Boutique El Legado, tour the pleasant surroundings at Canteras del Cerro, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Sere.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Carmelo holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Salto to Carmelo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Salto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Carmelo, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Carmelo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Colonia del Sacramento

— 7 nights
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Visiting Rio de la Plata and Playa Santa Ana will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colonia del Sacramento: Munay Pampa (in Minuano) and Sierras de Mahoma (in San Jose de Mayo). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Barrio Historico, visit a coastal fixture at Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, get outside with Plaza de Armas Manuel Lobo, and make a trip to La Calle de los Suspiros.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Colonia del Sacramento route maker.

Getting from Carmelo to Colonia del Sacramento by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Colonia del Sacramento are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Montevideo.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Montevideo

— 12 nights
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Get in touch with nature at Orange Bike and Japanese Garden. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montevideo: Canelones (Cuchilla alta & Pizzorno Family Estates). There's much more to do: make a trip to Plaza Independencia, grab your bike and head to Velodromo Municipal, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado del Puerto, and visit Pocitos.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Montevideo trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Colonia del Sacramento to Montevideo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or 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 12th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Montevideo

Outdoors · Parks · Wineries · Museums

Side Trip

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.