12 days in Buenos Aires & Uruguay Itinerary

12 days in Buenos Aires & Uruguay Itinerary

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12 days in Buenos Aires & Uruguay Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
2
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h
3
Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
La Paloma, Uruguay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Garzon, Uruguay
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
6
Jose Ignacio, Uruguay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Minas, Uruguay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 1 night
9
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

1
night
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take a stroll through Recoleta.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Buenos Aires travel planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Buenos Aires is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in October: high temperatures in Buenos Aires hover around 24°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for the ferry ride to Montevideo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Recoleta ©
Recoleta
Fragata ARA Sarmiento ©
Fragata ARA Sarmiento

3
nights
Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
On the 8th (Tue), stroll around Parque Rodo. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Escaramuza Libros, do a tasting at Varela Zarranz Winery, and then kick back and relax at Balneario Kiyu.

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Traveling by ferry from Buenos Aires to Montevideo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Montevideo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Montevideo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Varela Zarranz Winery, Balneario Kiyu
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Plaza de la Armada ©
Plaza de la Armada
Japanese Garden ©
Japanese Garden
El Rosedal ©
El Rosedal

2
nights
Punta del Este, Uruguay

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.
On the 11th (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa Portezuelo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Ballena, then kick back and relax at Playa Pinares, and finally kick back and relax at Playa Mansa. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Las Grutas, kick back and relax at Playa Brava, then make a trip to The Fingers of Punta del Este, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Before you visit Punta del Este, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Minas to Punta del Este takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Punta del Este are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to La Paloma.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Maldonado
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Playa Brava ©
Playa Brava
Playa Portezuelo ©
Playa Portezuelo
Playa Mansa ©
Playa Mansa

1
night
La Paloma, Uruguay

La Paloma ©
A small coastal city set on the edge of an attractive bay, La Paloma has a population of only around 3,500.
On the 13th (Sun), visit a coastal fixture at Faro Cabo Santa Maria and then kick back and relax at Playa Los Botes.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the La Paloma online trip maker .

You can drive from Punta del Este to La Paloma in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Garzon.

Things to do in La Paloma

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches
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Faro Cabo Santa Maria ©
Faro Cabo Santa Maria
Playa Los Botes ©
Playa Los Botes

few
hours
Garzon, Uruguay

Garzon
A sleepy hamlet with small art galleries, antique shops, and epicurean restaurants, Garzon stands in stark contrast to its glitzy neighbor, Punta del Este, which lies about an hour's drive westward.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): don't miss a visit to La Plaza Principal del Pueblo Garzon.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Garzon trip itinerary planner .

Getting from La Paloma to Garzon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Mon) before leaving for Jose Ignacio.
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1
night
Jose Ignacio, Uruguay

Jose Ignacio ©
An upmarket spa town with plentiful natural sites and ecotourism, Jose Ignacio attracts an exclusive crowd with its feeling of pristine seclusion and small town charm.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): head outdoors with Haras Godiva.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Jose Ignacio trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Garzon to Jose Ignacio in an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You'll set off for Minas on the 15th (Tue).

Things to do in Jose Ignacio

Outdoors
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Haras Godiva ©
Haras Godiva

1
night
Minas, Uruguay

Minas ©
The capital of Lavalleja Department, Minas has a population of over 38,000.
You've now added Parque Salto del Penitente to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral De Minas and then identify plant and animal life at Parque Salto del Penitente.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Minas online journey planner .

You can drive from Jose Ignacio to Minas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Montevideo.

Things to do in Minas

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Parque Salto del Penitente ©
Parque Salto del Penitente
Plaza Libertad ©
Plaza Libertad
Catedral De Minas ©
Catedral De Minas

1
night
Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): do a tasting at Esencia Uruguay and then stroll through Playa Pocitos. Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at Palacio Legislativo, then learn about winemaking at Bodega Artesana, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Costa Llana Reserva.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Montevideo trip planner .

Drive from Minas to Montevideo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Montevideo

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trips

Bodega Artesana, Costa Llana Reserva
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Playa Pocitos ©
Playa Pocitos
Esencia Uruguay ©
Esencia Uruguay
Palacio Legislativo ©
Palacio Legislativo

1
night
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): shop like a local with Puerto Madero.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires online tour planner .

You can ride a ferry from Montevideo to Buenos Aires in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Shopping Neighborhoods
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero

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