30 days in Uruguay Itinerary

30 days in Uruguay Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Punta del Este
— 5 nights
2
Punta del Diablo
— 3 nights
3
Cabo Polonio
— 2 nights
4
Minas
— 3 nights
5
Colonia del Sacramento
— 5 nights
6
Montevideo
— 10 nights

5
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.
Popular historic sites such as Faro de Punta del Este and Catedral de San Fernando de Maldonado are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Museo – Taller de Casapueblo and Bodega Garzon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Punta del Este: Jose Ignacio (Laguna Jose Ignacio & Playa Mansa) and Pan De Azucar (in Pan de Azucar). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Lussich, kick back and relax at Playa Brava, stroll through Playa Mansa, and examine the collection at Museo del Mar.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Punta del Este trip planner.

Montevideo to Punta del Este is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Traveling from Montevideo in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Punta del Este, with lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Punta del Diablo.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Maldonado, Jose Ignacio, Bodega Garzon, Pan De Azucar
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Museo – Taller de Casapueblo ©
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo
Arboretum Lussich ©
Arboretum Lussich
Pan De Azucar ©
Pan De Azucar

3
nights
Punta del Diablo

Punta del Diablo ©
Formerly a sleepy little fishing town, Punta del Diablo has become a popular seaside getaway with a wealth of attractions natural and manmade.
Step off the beaten path and head to Santa Teresa National Park and Playa de la Viuda. Visiting Playa de Los Pescadores and Playa del Rivero will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Playa de Punta del Diablo, appreciate the history behind Faro Sandra Monumento A Artigas, browse the eclectic array of goods at Pescaderia Punta del Diablo, and contemplate the long history of Fortress of Santa Teresa.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Punta del Diablo trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Punta del Este to Punta del Diablo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Punta del Este to Punta del Diablo due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cabo Polonio.

Things to do in Punta del Diablo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocha
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Santa Teresa National Park ©
Santa Teresa National Park
Fortress of Santa Teresa ©
Fortress of Santa Teresa
Playa de la Viuda ©
Playa de la Viuda

2
nights
Cabo Polonio

Cabo Polonio ©
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 11th (Mon), kick back and relax at Beaches at Cabo Polonio and then kick back and relax at La Pedrera. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Medanos de la Barra de Valizas, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de la Calavera, and then visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Cabo Polonio trip planner.

Drive from Punta del Diablo to Cabo Polonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Minas.

Things to do in Cabo Polonio

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

La Pedrera, Medanos de la Barra de Valizas
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La Pedrera ©
La Pedrera
Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio ©
Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio
Beaches at Cabo Polonio ©
Beaches at Cabo Polonio

3
nights
Minas

Minas ©
The capital of Lavalleja Department, Minas has a population of over 38,000.
Step off the beaten path and head to Parque Salto del Penitente and Cerro del Verdun. Catedral de Canelones and Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora del Verdun are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: get outside with Valle del Hilo de la Vida, explore the striking landscape at Cerro Artigas, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Mina de Oro Arrospide, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Monastery.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Minas trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Cabo Polonio to Minas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cabo Polonio to Minas. In May, daytime highs in Minas are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Minas

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Catedral de Canelones
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Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora del Verdun ©
Parque Salto del Penitente ©
Parque Salto del Penitente
Cerro Arequita ©
Cerro Arequita

5
nights
Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia del Sacramento ©
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bodega Boutique El Legado and Plaza Mayor. Visiting Canteras del Cerro and Rio de la Plata will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colonia del Sacramento: Carmelo (Bodega Campo Tinto & Calera de las huerfanas). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Barrio Historico, steep yourself in history at Bastion de San Miguel, make a trip to Galeria de los Suspiros, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Portugues.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Colonia del Sacramento tour itinerary website.

You can drive from Minas to Colonia del Sacramento in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Colonia del Sacramento, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Montevideo.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Carmelo
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Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico
Bodega Boutique El Legado ©
Bodega Boutique El Legado
Basilica De Santisimo Sacramento ©
Basilica De Santisimo Sacramento

10
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Iglesia de las Carmelitas and Establecimiento Juanico. Visit Castillo Pittamiglio and Avenida 18 de Julio for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Parque Del Plata (in Ciudad de la Costa), Canelones (Pizzorno Family Estates & H. Stagnari Vinos de Autor) and Costa Llana Reserva (in San Jose de Mayo). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Bouza Bodega Boutique, see the interesting displays at Museo Casa de Gobierno, make a trip to Plaza Independencia, and try to win big at Sofitel Montevideo Casino.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Montevideo route website.

Traveling by car from Colonia del Sacramento to Montevideo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Montevideo

Museums Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Canelones, Parque Del Plata, Costa Llana Reserva
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Pizzorno Family Estates ©
Pizzorno Family Estates
Iglesia de las Carmelitas ©
Iglesia de las Carmelitas
Establecimiento Juanico ©
Establecimiento Juanico

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