9 days in Uruguay Itinerary

9 days in Uruguay Itinerary

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Punta del Este
— 3 nights
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Colonia del Sacramento
— 2 nights
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Montevideo
— 3 nights
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Punta del Este

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.
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo and Museo Del Mar are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Playa Mansa and Playa Punta Ballena for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Punta del Este: Barcos del Este (in Piriapolis), Jose Ignacio (Playa de Jose Ignacio & Playa Mansa) and Parque Salto del Penitente (in Minas). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Solanas, stroll through Playa Brava, and don't miss a visit to The Fingers of Punta del Este.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Punta del Este itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to Punta del Este is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Uruguay Standard Time (UYT), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in January: high temperatures in Punta del Este hover around 30°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

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Colonia del Sacramento

Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take in the views from Puerta de la Ciudadela, explore the ancient world of Bastion de San Miguel, make a trip to La Calle de los Suspiros, enjoy the sea views from Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, then visit Barrio Historico, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Rio de la Plata. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Fomento, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Ana, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Matriz.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Colonia del Sacramento travel route planning tool.

Drive from Punta del Este to Colonia del Sacramento in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Colonia del Sacramento are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Montevideo.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Montevideo

With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): go for a walk through Rambla de Montevideo, stop by Ciudad Vieja, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Montevideo, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia. On your second day here, wander the streets of Pocitos, then don't miss a visit to Montevideo Sign, then admire the striking features of Palacio Salvo, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Palacio Legislativo.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Montevideo trip app.

You can drive from Colonia del Sacramento to Montevideo in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. January in Montevideo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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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.