30 days in Uruguay Itinerary

30 days in Uruguay Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Uruguay sightseeing planner

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Montevideo
— 5 nights
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Colonia del Sacramento
— 5 nights
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Carmelo
— 4 nights
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San Jose de Mayo
— 2 nights
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Minas
— 4 nights
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Rocha
— 3 nights
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Punta del Este
— 5 nights
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Montevideo

— 5 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: don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, take in the pleasant sights at Rambla de Montevideo, examine the collection at 1972 Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at Palacio Legislativo.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Montevideo trip builder website.

Sydney, Australia to Montevideo is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Uruguay Standard Time (UYT), which is usually a -13 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in June since evenings lows in Montevideo dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Montevideo

Wineries · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 6:

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: wander the streets of Barrio Historico, take an in-depth tour of Museo Portugues, enjoy the sea views from Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, and contemplate the long history of Plaza de toros Real de San Carlos.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Colonia del Sacramento road trip planning site.

You can drive from Montevideo to Colonia del Sacramento in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Carmelo.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 11:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mercedes (Represa de Palmar & Rambla de Mercedes) and Playa de la Agraciada (in Nueva Palmira). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Bodega Boutique El Legado, make a trip to Puente Giratorio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla y Museo del Carmen, and play a few rounds at Carmelo Golf.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Carmelo day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Colonia del Sacramento to Carmelo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to San Jose de Mayo.

Things to do in Carmelo

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wineries · Golf

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 15:

San Jose de Mayo

— 2 nights

Little Montevideo

San Jose de Mayo became known as a cultural center during the 19th century.
On the 16th (Thu), make a trip to Teatro Bartolome Maccio, get a taste of the local shopping with Espacio Cultural, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Jose de Mayo. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Sierras de Mahoma and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Remates Gonzalez.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Jose de Mayo trip builder.

Getting from Carmelo to San Jose de Mayo by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in June, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Minas.

Things to do in San Jose de Mayo

Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 15 — 17:

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: walk around Parque Salto del Penitente, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral De Minas, admire the engineering at Parque y Represa OSE, and make a trip to Plaza Libertad.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Minas online vacation planner.

Getting from San Jose de Mayo to Minas by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June in Minas, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rocha.

Things to do in Minas

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 21:

Rocha

— 3 nights
Relax on the remote, undeveloped beaches in Rocha, an eastern province of Uruguay noted for its sleepy beachfront towns and pristine nature.
Get out of town with these interesting Rocha side-trips: Cerro Buena Vista (in Cabo Polonio) and Medanos de la Barra de Valizas (in Valizas). Spend the 22nd (Wed) exploring nature at Santa Teresa National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Laguna de Rocha and stroll through Monte de Ombúes.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Rocha trip simple and quick.

Getting from Minas to Rocha by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Minas in June since evenings lows in Rocha dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Rocha

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 24:

Punta del Este

— 5 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 Punta del Este with an excursion to Barcos del Este in Piriapolis--about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, step off the mainland to explore Isla de Lobos, savor the flavors at The Wine Experience, and get outside with Paracaidismo Uru.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Punta del Este trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Rocha to Punta del Este takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 29th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 24 — 29:

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.