35 days in Uruguay Itinerary

35 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
— 4 nights
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Fray Bentos
— 1 night
Drive
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Salto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rivera
— 4 nights
Drive
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Minas
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Paloma
— 1 night
Drive
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Cabo Polonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Punta del Diablo
— 2 nights
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Punta del Este
— 5 nights
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Montevideo
— 8 nights
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Colonia del Sacramento

— 4 nights
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Popular historic sites such as Basilica De Santisimo Sacramento and Molino Quemado are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bodega Boutique El Legado and Galeria de los Suspiros. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colonia del Sacramento: Extrablatt (in Nueva Helvecia), Munay Pampa (in Minuano) and Calera de las huerfanas (in Carmelo). And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento, see the interesting displays at Museo Ferroviario de Piriápolis, appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza Mayor, and delve into the distant past at Bastion de San Miguel.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Colonia del Sacramento trip maker.

New York City, USA to Colonia del Sacramento is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry. You can also do a combination of train, flight, shuttle, and ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from New York City to Colonia del Sacramento. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in April, with highs in Colonia del Sacramento at 26°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Fray Bentos.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 2 — 7:

Fray Bentos

— 1 night
The capital of Rio Negro Department, Fray Bentos sits on the banks of the Uruguay River as one of the region's most important port towns.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museo Solari, see the interesting displays at Ex Frigorífico Anglo, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Balneario Las Canas.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fray Bentos day trip site.

You can drive from Colonia del Sacramento to Fray Bentos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Fray Bentos when traveling from Colonia del Sacramento in April, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Salto.

Things to do in Fray Bentos

Museums · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 8:

Salto

— 4 nights
In a thriving citrus-growing region, Salto allows visitors to explore attractive riverfront areas and admire neatly preserved 19th-century architecture.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gruta del Padre Pio and Museo Historico 'Casa del Espiritu de Paysandu'. Visiting Plaza Constitucion and Hot Springs of Arapey will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Salto: Paysandu (Monumento al General Jose Gervasio Artigas & Casa de Cultura). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catedral de San Juan, head outdoors with PescaDorados, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Hombre y la Tecnologia, and do a tasting at Bodega Bertolini & Broglio.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Salto trip tool.

Traveling by car from Fray Bentos to Salto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Salto sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rivera.

Things to do in Salto

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 8 — 12:

Rivera

— 4 nights
The capital of the department of the same name, Rivera stands on the border with Brazil, with the city of Santana do Livramento only a street away.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sineriz Shopping and Melancía Rivera Mall & Free Shops. Get some historical perspective at Saint Fructuosus Cathedral and Parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepcion. Change things up with these side-trips from Rivera: Tacuarembo (Museo del Indio y del Gaucho Washington Escobar & Gruta de los Helechos). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Parque Gran Bretana, take some stellar pictures from Escaleras del Cerro Marconi, don't miss a visit to Plaza Artigas, and admire all the interesting features of Subida de Pena.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rivera trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Salto to Rivera in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Minas.

Things to do in Rivera

Shopping · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 16:

Minas

— 2 nights
The capital of Lavalleja Department, Minas has a population of over 38,000.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Mina de Oro Arrospide, take in the dramatic natural features at Cerro Artigas, then stroll around Parque Salto del Penitente, and finally admire the engineering at Represa Arq. Stewart Vargas. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Salus' Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Budista Chagdud Gonpa Sengue Dzong, and then get outside with Valle del Hilo de la Vida.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Minas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rivera to Minas takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in April, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Paloma.

Things to do in Minas

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 18:

La Paloma

— 1 night
A small coastal city set on the edge of an attractive bay, La Paloma has a population of only around 3,500.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): stroll through La Pedrera, then kick back and relax at Balneario Punta Rubia, and then visit a coastal fixture at Faro Cabo Santa Maria.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our La Paloma trip planner.

You can drive from Minas to La Paloma in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, daytime highs in La Paloma are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cabo Polonio.

Things to do in La Paloma

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 19:

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 20th (Tue): stroll through Bosque de Ombues, then enjoy the sand and surf at Beaches at Cabo Polonio, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monte de Ombúes. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Medanos de la Barra de Valizas, then kick back and relax at Playa de la Calavera, and then enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cabo Polonio trip planner.

You can drive from La Paloma to Cabo Polonio in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paloma to Cabo Polonio due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Punta del Diablo.

Things to do in Cabo Polonio

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Fortress of Santa Teresa and then explore the striking landscape of Santa Teresa National Park. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa del Rivero, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de la Viuda, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Punta del Diablo.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Punta del Diablo trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Cabo Polonio to Punta del Diablo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Punta del Diablo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 21 — 23:

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa de Jose Ignacio and Playa Punta Colorada. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pan De Azucar and Mirador Punta Ballena. Venture out of the city with trips to Piriapolis (Iglesia de Piria & Playa Hermosa) and Haras Godiva (in Jose Ignacio). There's lots more to do: stroll through Arboretum Lussich, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Candelaria, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Solanas, and admire the masterpieces at Ralli Museum Punta del Este.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Punta del Este trip builder website.

You can drive from Punta del Diablo to Punta del Este in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Punta del Diablo to Punta del Este, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Montevideo.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 23 — 28:

Montevideo

— 8 nights
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 explore and learn at 1972 Museum and Museo Torres Garcia. Escape the urban bustle at Orange Bike and El Rosedal. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montevideo: Canelones (Establecimiento Juanico & Pizzorno Family Estates). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de las Carmelitas, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, look for gifts at Escaramuza Libros, and make a trip to Mercado Ferrando.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Montevideo visit planner.

Drive from Punta del Este to Montevideo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Punta del Este in April since evenings lows in Montevideo dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Montevideo

Museums · Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 6:

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.