16 days in Uruguay Itinerary

16 days in Uruguay Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Uruguay holiday planner

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Fly to Carrasco International /General C L Berisso Airport, Drive to Maldonado
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Maldonado
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cabo Polonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Punta del Diablo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colonia del Sacramento
— 3 nights
Drive
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Montevideo
— 4 nights
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Maldonado

— 3 nights
One of the larger cities in the country, Maldonado draws visitors primarily interested in the city's coastline and the wider region's beaches.
Ralli Museum Punta del Este and Museo Del Mar are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Playa de Jose Ignacio and Fundacion Pablo Atchugarry. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Solanas, admire the striking features of Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, get great views at Mirador Punta Ballena, and head off the coast to Isla de Lobos.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Maldonado trip itinerary maker.

Valparaiso, USA to Maldonado is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Uruguay Standard Time is 3 hours. In December, Maldonado is a bit warmer than Valparaiso - with highs of 75°F and lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cabo Polonio.

Things to do in Maldonado

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Medanos de la Barra de Valizas and then visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at La Pedrera and then kick back and relax at Beaches at Cabo Polonio.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cabo Polonio trip tool.

Traveling by car from Maldonado to Cabo Polonio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Maldonado to Cabo Polonio due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Punta del Diablo.

Things to do in Cabo Polonio

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Faro Sandra Monumento A Artigas, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Los Pescadores, and then stroll through Playa de Punta del Diablo. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Fortress of Santa Teresa and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de la Viuda.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Punta del Diablo road trip planner.

Getting from Cabo Polonio to Punta del Diablo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Punta del Diablo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

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Colonia del Sacramento

— 3 nights
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Visit Barrio Historico and Plaza Mayor for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento and Bastion de San Miguel. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica De Santisimo Sacramento, take a leisurely stroll along Muelle del Puerto de Yates, don't miss a visit to Galeria de los Suspiros, and explore the ancient world of Convento de San Francisco.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Colonia del Sacramento journey builder.

Getting from Punta del Diablo to Colonia del Sacramento by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Punta del Diablo to Colonia del Sacramento. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Montevideo.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Montevideo

— 4 nights
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Iglesia de las Carmelitas and Palacio Taranco. Step off the beaten path and head to 1972 Museum and Mirador Panoramico de Montevideo. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Pocitos, don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Montevideo, and look for gifts at Punta Carretas Shopping.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Montevideo trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Colonia del Sacramento to Montevideo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Montevideo, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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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.