28 days in Uruguay Itinerary

28 days in Uruguay Itinerary

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28 days in Uruguay Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Montevideo
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h
2
Punta del Este
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Cabo Polonio
— 3 nights
taxi + bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Punta del Diablo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Minas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Trinidad
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
7
Colonia del Sacramento
— 5 nights
+3
ferry + foot + shuttle + Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Seattle

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at 1972 Museum and Ciudad Vieja. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Iglesia de las Carmelitas and Pizzorno Family Estates. Explore Montevideo's surroundings by going to Florida (Prado Piedra Alta & Catedral de Florida). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, explore the historical opulence of Pittamiglio"s Castle, admire the masterpieces at Palacio Taranco, and wander the streets of Pocitos.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Montevideo trip itinerary builder .

Seattle, USA to Montevideo is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Seattle to Montevideo, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Montevideo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Florida, Pizzorno Family Estates
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Rambla de Montevideo ©
Rambla de Montevideo
Iglesia de las Carmelitas ©
Iglesia de las Carmelitas
1972 Museum ©
1972 Museum

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa de Jose Ignacio and Arboretum Lussich. Popular historic sites such as Capilla San Rafael and Catedral de San Fernando de Maldonado are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Punta del Este: Cerro San Antonio (in Piriapolis), Laguna Jose Ignacio (in Jose Ignacio) and Pan De Azucar (in Pan de Azucar). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museo del Mar, explore the world behind art at Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, take some stellar pictures from Mirador Punta Ballena, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mansa.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Punta del Este trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Montevideo to Punta del Este takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Punta del Este, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cabo Polonio.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Maldonado, Jose Ignacio, Pan De Azucar, Cerro San Antonio
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Playa de Jose Ignacio ©
Playa de Jose Ignacio
Arboretum Lussich ©
Arboretum Lussich
Pan De Azucar ©
Pan De Azucar

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Medanos de la Barra de Valizas and Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio. Get outdoors at Bosque de Ombues and Playa Los Botes. Get out of town with these interesting Cabo Polonio side-trips: La Pedrera (in La Pedrera) and Faro Cabo Santa Maria (in La Paloma). It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Beaches at Cabo Polonio and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de la Calavera.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cabo Polonio travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Punta del Este to Cabo Polonio in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Uruguay Time (UYT) to Amazon Time (AMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Punta del Diablo.

Things to do in Cabo Polonio

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Valizas, La Paloma, La Pedrera
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Medanos de la Barra de Valizas ©
Medanos de la Barra de Valizas
La Pedrera ©
La Pedrera
Faro Cabo Santa Maria ©
Faro Cabo Santa Maria

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 Cerro Verde e Islas de la Coronilla and Playa de Punta del Diablo. Escape the urban bustle at Playa de Los Pescadores and Santa Teresa National Park. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fortress of Santa Teresa and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Grande.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Punta del Diablo driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Cabo Polonio to Punta del Diablo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to Minas.

Things to do in Punta del Diablo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rocha, Cerro Verde e Islas de la Coronilla
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Playa de Punta del Diablo ©
Playa de Punta del Diablo
Playa de Los Pescadores ©
Playa de Los Pescadores
Santa Teresa National Park ©
Santa Teresa National Park

3
nights
Minas

Minas ©
The capital of Lavalleja Department, Minas has a population of over 38,000.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Grutas de Salamanca and Grutas de Salamanca. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cerro Catedral and Museo de Replicas en Miniaturas. The adventure continues: walk around Parque Salto del Penitente and ride a horse along Cabalgatas en Villa Serrana.

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

Drive from Punta del Diablo to Minas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Amazon Time to Uruguay Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, daytime highs in Minas are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Minas

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Aigua, Maldonado
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Grutas de Salamanca ©
Grutas de Salamanca
Parque Salto del Penitente ©
Parque Salto del Penitente
Grutas de Salamanca ©
Grutas de Salamanca

2
nights
Trinidad

Trinidad ©
Trinidad is the capital city of Flores in southern Uruguay.LocationThe city is located on the intersection of Route 3 with Route 14.GeographyThe stream Arroyo Sarandí, flows west of the city, while the stream Arroyo Porongos flows east of the city, both tributaries of the river Río Yí.Trinidad occupies an area of on an altitude of above sea level.HistoryInitially it was called "Porongos". Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Pedro, then walk around Parque Centenario, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva de Flora y Fauna Dr. Rodolfo TaliceReserva de Flora y Fauna Dr. Rodolfo Talice. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque natural de flora y fauna Dr. Talice.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Trinidad vacation planner.

Drive from Minas to Trinidad in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Iglesia de San Pedro
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Parque Centenario ©
Parque Centenario
Iglesia de San Pedro ©
Iglesia de San Pedro

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Santa Ana and Playa Fomento. Barrio Historico and Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica De Santisimo Sacramento, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antik Objetos con Alma, take a leisurely stroll along Muelle del Puerto de Yates, and steep yourself in history at Bastion de San Miguel.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Colonia del Sacramento travel route planner .

Traveling by bus from Trinidad to Colonia del Sacramento takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Colonia del Sacramento are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Antik Objetos con Alma, Playa Santa Ana, Museo Cars
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Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico
Basilica De Santisimo Sacramento ©
Convento de San Francisco ©
Convento de San Francisco

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