14 days in Uruguay, Curitiba & Itajai Itinerary

14 days in Uruguay, Curitiba & Itajai Itinerary

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1
Curitiba, Brazil
— 1 night
2
Itajai, Brazil
— 2 nights
3
Rocha, Uruguay
— 2 nights
4
Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 3 nights
5
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 4 nights

1
night
Curitiba, Brazil

Curitiba ©
The word "Brazil" isn't often mentioned in the same breath as "excellent urban planning"--except in Curitiba.
You've added Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Panoramic Tower, Jardim Botanico de Curitiba, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): see a show at Opera de Arame, head outdoors with Parque Tingui, enjoy breathtaking views from Panoramic Tower, admire the masterpieces at Museu Oscar Niemeyer, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botanico de Curitiba, and finally make a trip to Praca Rui Barbosa.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Curitiba sightseeing planning tool.

Osasco to Curitiba is an approximately 4-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. December in Curitiba sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Itajai.

Things to do in Curitiba

Parks Nightlife Outdoors
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Museu Oscar Niemeyer ©
Museu Oscar Niemeyer
Parque Tingui ©
Parque Tingui
Jardim Botanico de Curitiba ©
Jardim Botanico de Curitiba

2
nights
Itajai, Brazil

Itajai ©
With a rich heritage of Portuguese and German immigration, Itajai boasts many interesting cultural attractions, such as landmark works of architecture, restaurants serving diverse examples of local cuisine (in particular, freshly-caught seafood), and local history museums.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Parque Unipraias Camboriu, Passarela Estaiada da Barra and Barra Sul Playground. On the 22nd (Sun), laugh and play at Parque Unipraias Camboriu and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cabecudas Beach. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Bico do Papagaio, thentake in the waterfront at Passarela Estaiada da Barra, thenlet the kids burn off some steam at Barra Sul Playground, and finally head outdoors with Canto do Morcego.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Itajai trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Curitiba to Itajai by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Curitiba in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of °C in Itajai. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Rocha.

Things to do in Itajai

Parks Outdoors Transportation

Side Trip

Balneario Camboriu
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Parque Unipraias Camboriu ©
Parque Unipraias Camboriu
Cabecudas Beach ©
Cabecudas Beach
Bico do Papagaio ©
Bico do Papagaio

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nights
Rocha, Uruguay

Rocha ©
Relax on the remote, undeveloped beaches in Rocha, an eastern province of Uruguay noted for its sleepy beachfront towns and pristine nature.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio, thenstroll through Las Achiras Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Fortress of Santa Teresa.

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

The Route module can help you plan travel from Itajai to Rocha. Traveling from Itajai in December, things will get slightly colder in Rocha: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Rocha

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio
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Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio ©
Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio
Fortress of Santa Teresa ©
Fortress of Santa Teresa
Las Achiras Beach ©
Las Achiras Beach

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Brava and Playa Portezuelo. Relax by the water at Playa Mansa and Playa Punta Ballena. Step out of Punta del Este to go to Minas and see Cerro Arequita, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Fernando de Maldonado, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and enjoy the sea views from Faro de Punta del Este.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Punta del Este online travel planner.

Getting from Rocha to Punta del Este by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Punta del Este can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Montevideo.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Maldonado, Cerro Arequita
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Playa Brava ©
Playa Brava
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo ©
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo
Faro de Punta del Este ©
Faro de Punta del Este

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Faro de Punta Carretas and Avenida 18 de Julio. Get a sense of the local culture at Museo Casa de Gobierno and Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales. Step out of Montevideo with an excursion to Balneario Kiyu in Libertad--about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo del Gaucho y de la Moneda, get a sense of history and politics at Palacio Municipal de Montevideo, admire the masterpieces at Palacio Taranco, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Matriz.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Montevideo trip builder.

Drive from Punta del Este to Montevideo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Punta del Este in December, expect nights in Montevideo to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit warmer, around °C. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Montevideo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Balneario Kiyu
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Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales ©
Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales
Museo del Gaucho y de la Moneda ©
Museo del Gaucho y de la Moneda
Museo Casa de Gobierno ©
Museo Casa de Gobierno

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