11 days in Uruguay Itinerary

11 days in Uruguay Itinerary

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Fly to Ezeiza, Shuttle to Terminal Madero, Ferry to Colonia del Sacramento
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Colonia del Sacramento
— 2 nights
Drive
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Punta del Diablo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cabo Polonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jose Ignacio
— 2 nights
Drive to Carrasco International /General C L Berisso Airport, Fly to Rio Galeão – Tom Jobim International Airport

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Colonia del Sacramento

— 2 nights
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Barrio Historico, take in the views from Puerta de la Ciudadela, delve into the distant past at Bastion de San Miguel, make a trip to La Calle de los Suspiros, then visit a coastal fixture at Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Rio de la Plata. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a walk through Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento, take in the waterfront at Paseo de San Gabriel, then make a trip to Bastion de San Pedro, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Portugues, and finally make a trip to Galeria de los Suspiros.

Before you visit Colonia del Sacramento, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Colonia del Sacramento is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, with highs in Colonia del Sacramento at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Punta del Diablo.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Punta del Diablo

— 2 nights
Formerly a sleepy little fishing town, Punta del Diablo has become a popular seaside getaway with a wealth of attractions natural and manmade.
Spend the 2nd (Sat) exploring nature at Santa Teresa National Park. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fortress of Santa Teresa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de la Viuda, snap pictures at Puente Colgante, and pause for some photo ops at Faro Sandra Monumento A Artigas.

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You can drive from Colonia del Sacramento to Punta del Diablo in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Uruguay Standard Time to Amazon Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cabo Polonio.

Things to do in Punta del Diablo

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Medanos de la Barra de Valizas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de la Calavera, and then visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Pedrera, enjoy the sand and surf at Beaches at Cabo Polonio, and then identify plant and animal life at Bosque de Ombues.

To see ratings and more tourist information, read Cabo Polonio trip planner.

Getting from Punta del Diablo to Cabo Polonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Jose Ignacio.

Things to do in Cabo Polonio

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Jose Ignacio

— 2 nights
An upmarket spa town with plentiful natural sites and ecotourism, Jose Ignacio attracts an exclusive crowd with its feeling of pristine seclusion and small town charm.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Mansa, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Jose Ignacio, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Pueblo Garzon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to La Plaza Principal del Pueblo Garzon, then learn about winemaking at Bodega Garzon, and then take in the views from Puente Circular.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Jose Ignacio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cabo Polonio to Jose Ignacio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cabo Polonio to Jose Ignacio due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in Jose Ignacio can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jose Ignacio

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Uruguay travel guide

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Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Art Museums
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.