19 days in Paraguay & Uruguay Itinerary

19 days in Paraguay & Uruguay Itinerary

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Asuncion, Paraguay
— 3 nights
Taxi to Ypacaraí, Bus to Ciudad Del Este
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Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Encarnacion, Paraguay
— 2 nights
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Drive to Posadas, Fly to El Palomar, Taxi to Puerto Madero, Bus to Colonia del Sacramento
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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 5 nights
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Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 4 nights
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Asuncion, Paraguay — 3 nights

Mother of Cities

Paraguay's capital and economic center, Asuncion ranks among the youngest cities on the continent, with more than half of its residents under 30 years of age.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lago Ypacarai (in San Bernardino) and Eco Reserva Mbatovi (in Paraguari). There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Casa de la Independencia, admire the striking features of The National Pantheon of Heroes and Oratory of the Virgin Our Lady Saint Mary of the Asuncion, make a trip to Costanera de Asuncion, and get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping del Sol.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Asuncion trip planner.

Santiago, Chile to Asuncion is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Ciudad Del Este.
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Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay — 2 nights

Supermarket of South America

The commercial center of eastern Paraguay, busy Ciudad Del Este serves primarily as a shopping destination for Argentines and Brazilians.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): make a trip to PRESA DE ITAIPU and then look for all kinds of wild species at Refugio Tati Yupi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Shopping Del Este Paraguay and then take in the dramatic scenery at Saltos del Monday.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ciudad Del Este journey planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Asuncion to Ciudad Del Este takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Asuncion to Ciudad Del Este, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. December in Ciudad Del Este sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Encarnacion.
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Encarnacion, Paraguay — 2 nights

Pearl of the South

Encarnacion offers a good selection of cultural and natural attractions.
On the 3rd (Tue), steep yourself in history at La Santisima Trinidad De Parana and then get to know the fascinating history of Costanera de la Ciudad de Encarnacion Paraguay. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with San Jose Beach and then delve into the distant past at Ruinas de Jesús.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Encarnacion road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ciudad Del Este to Encarnacion takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Ciudad Del Este to Encarnacion is minus 1 hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Colonia del Sacramento.
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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay — 2 nights

Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in the views from Puerta de la Ciudadela, make a trip to La Calle de los Suspiros, visit a coastal fixture at Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, then wander the streets of Barrio Historico, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): take a leisurely stroll along Paseo de San Gabriel, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Portugues, and then don't miss a visit to Galeria de los Suspiros.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Colonia del Sacramento road trip planning tool.

Getting from Encarnacion to Colonia del Sacramento by combination of car, flight, taxi, and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, bus, and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Paraguay Standard Time to Uruguay Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Encarnacion in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Colonia del Sacramento: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Montevideo.
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Montevideo, Uruguay — 5 nights

With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Montevideo is known for sightseeing, shopping, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Plaza Independencia, stroll around Parque Rodo, take a stroll through Pocitos, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Montevideo.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Montevideo driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Colonia del Sacramento to Montevideo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Punta del Este.
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Punta del Este, Uruguay — 4 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.
Step out of Punta del Este with an excursion to Playa Punta Ballena in Punta Ballena--about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, examine the collection at Museo Del Mar, don't miss a visit to The Fingers of Punta del Este, and kick back and relax at Playa Mansa.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Punta del Este travel planner.

You can drive from Montevideo to Punta del Este in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. January in Punta del Este sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
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Paraguay travel guide

3.8
Heart of South America
Divided in half by its eponymous river, Paraguay is a land of contrasts, especially between its lush eastern region where most of the population lives and the arid west, filled with rustic villages and old Jesuit colonies. Although under Spanish rule for three centuries and with a recent history of dictatorships and wars, Paraguay retained its native Guarani culture, with more than 80 percent of population of indigenous heritage. You'll find plenty of things to do in Paraguay, from touring cosmopolitan cities and quaint Jesuit colonies, to browsing affordable arts and crafts stores and sailing on rivers that crisscross the diverse natural landscape that makes up this landlocked nation.
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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.
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