8 days in Uruguay Itinerary

8 days in Uruguay Itinerary

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8 days in Uruguay Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Montevideo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Colonia del Sacramento
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Punta del Este
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  15​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
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.
Montevideo is known for shopping, nightlife, museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, take a stroll through Pocitos, hunt for treasures at Mercado del Puerto, and take a leisurely stroll along Rambla de Montevideo.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Montevideo trip itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Montevideo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from New York City to Montevideo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from New York City in January: high temperatures in Montevideo hover around 82°F and lows are around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Montevideo

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia
Pocitos ©
Pocitos
Rambla de Montevideo ©
Rambla de Montevideo

1
night
Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia del Sacramento ©
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): make a trip to La Calle de los Suspiros, then get to know the fascinating history of Barrio Historico, then enjoy the sea views from Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, and finally don't miss a visit to Porton de Campo.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Colonia del Sacramento holiday app .

You can drive from Montevideo to Colonia del Sacramento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Colonia del Sacramento can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse ©
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse
La Calle de los Suspiros ©
La Calle de los Suspiros

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): make a trip to The Fingers of Punta del Este, don't miss a visit to Puerto de Punta del Este, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Pinares, then explore the world behind art at Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, and finally kick back and relax at Playa Punta Ballena. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): get great views at Mirador Punta Ballena, kick back and relax at Playa Montoya, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mansa, and finally take in the views from Puente Leonel Viera.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Punta del Este travel route planner.

You can drive from Colonia del Sacramento to Punta del Este in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Colonia del Sacramento in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Punta del Este, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Maldonado
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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

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