29 days in Uruguay Itinerary

29 days in Uruguay Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Uruguay attractions planner

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Montevideo
— 7 nights
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Colonia del Sacramento
— 5 nights
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Carmelo
— 4 nights
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Minas
— 4 nights
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Cabo Polonio
— 2 nights
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Punta del Este
— 6 nights
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Montevideo

— 7 nights
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
When in Montevideo, make a side trip to see Pizzorno Family Estates in Canelones, approximately Canelones away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Plaza Independencia, visit Pocitos, walk around Parque Rodo, and hunt for treasures at Mercado del Puerto.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Montevideo planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Montevideo is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in August: high temperatures in Montevideo hover around 20°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Montevideo

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Colonia del Sacramento

— 5 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Barrio Historico, examine the collection at Museo Cars, make a trip to Porton de Campo, and take in the pleasant sights at Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Colonia del Sacramento route builder site.

Getting from Montevideo to Colonia del Sacramento by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Colonia del Sacramento are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carmelo.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmelo: Playa de la Agraciada (in Nueva Palmira) and Mercedes (Represa de Palmar & Rambla de Mercedes). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Bodega Boutique El Legado, play a few rounds at Carmelo Golf, take in the exciting artwork at Museo de Madera - Escultor Jose Castro, and pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla y Museo del Carmen.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Carmelo online travel planner.

You can drive from Colonia del Sacramento to Carmelo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Carmelo can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Minas.

Things to do in Carmelo

Wineries · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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Minas

— 4 nights
The capital of Lavalleja Department, Minas has a population of over 38,000.
Minas is known for parks, nature, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parque Salto del Penitente, take in the dramatic natural features at Cerro Arequita, head outdoors with Cerro del Verdun, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral De Minas.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Minas trip planner.

You can drive from Carmelo to Minas in 5.5 hours. Another option is to 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 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cabo Polonio.

Things to do in Minas

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums
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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 24th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de la Calavera, head outdoors with Cerro Buena Vista, and then visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Beaches at Cabo Polonio and then kick back and relax at La Pedrera.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cabo Polonio trip maker tool.

Getting from Minas to Cabo Polonio by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minas to Cabo Polonio. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Cabo Polonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Punta del Este

— 6 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Punta del Este side-trips: Piriapolis (Cerro San Antonio & Barcos del Este) and Pan De Azucar (in Pan de Azucar). The adventure continues: make a trip to The Fingers of Punta del Este, awaken your taste buds at The Wine Experience, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Brava, and admire the landmark architecture of Museo – Taller de Casapueblo.

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You can drive from Cabo Polonio to Punta del Este in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cabo Polonio to Punta del Este due to the time zone difference. August in Punta del Este sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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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.