32 days in Uruguay Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Uruguay travel route planner
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Punta del Este
— 6 nights
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Rocha
— 5 nights
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Minas
— 3 nights
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Colonia del Sacramento
— 5 nights
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Montevideo
— 11 nights
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Punta del Este — 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Punta del Este: Pan De Azucar (in Pan de Azucar) and Playa Punta Ballena (in Punta Ballena). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, don't miss a visit to The Fingers of Punta del Este, examine the collection at Museo Del Mar, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mansa.

Make your Punta del Este itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Sydney, Australia to Punta del Este is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You'll gain 13 hours traveling from Sydney to Punta del Este due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in December: highs in Punta del Este hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rocha.
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Rocha — 5 nights

Relax on the remote, undeveloped beaches in Rocha, an eastern province of Uruguay noted for its sleepy beachfront towns and pristine nature.
Go for a jaunt from Rocha to Valizas to see Arroyo Valizas about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 18th (Mon) exploring nature at Santa Teresa National Park. Spend the 20th (Wed) exploring nature at Parque Nacional y Reserva de Fauna y Flora El Potrerillo de Santa Teresa. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fortress of Santa Teresa, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Anaconda, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa del Barco, and relax and rejuvenate at Balneario La Paloma.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rocha online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Punta del Este to Rocha in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rocha are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Minas.
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Minas — 3 nights

The capital of Lavalleja Department, Minas has a population of over 38,000.
Step out of Minas with an excursion to Bodega Garzon in Garzon--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: walk around Parque Salto del Penitente, identify plant and animal life at Cerro Arequita, get outside with Cerro del Verdun, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral De Minas.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Minas route planning site.

Drive from Rocha to Minas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December in Minas, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Colonia del Sacramento.
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Colonia del Sacramento — 5 nights

Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Explore Colonia del Sacramento's surroundings by going to Carmelo (Museo de Madera - Escultor Jose Castro, Bodega Boutique El Legado, &more). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Barrio Historico, go for a walk through Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento, take an in-depth tour of Museo Portugues, and steep yourself in history at Plaza de toros Real de San Carlos.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Colonia del Sacramento tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Minas to Colonia del Sacramento takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Colonia del Sacramento sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Montevideo.
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Montevideo — 11 nights

With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Step out of Montevideo with an excursion to Pizzorno Family Estates in Canelones--about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Plaza Independencia, ponder the world of politics at Palacio Legislativo, take a stroll through Ciudad Vieja, and stop by Pocitos.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Montevideo trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Colonia del Sacramento to Montevideo in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December in Montevideo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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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