8 days in Uruguay Itinerary

8 days in Uruguay Itinerary

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8 days in Uruguay Itinerary

Start: Sao Leopoldo
Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Punta del Este
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Montevideo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Colonia del Sacramento
— 1 night
Drive:  13​h 15​min
End: Sao Leopoldo

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mansa, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Candelaria, and finally explore the world behind art at Ralli Museum Punta del Este. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from Faro de Punta del Este, stroll through Playa Brava, then examine the collection at Museo del Mar, and finally look for gifts at Punta Shopping.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Punta del Este day trip planner .

Sao Leopoldo, Brazil to Punta del Este is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. When traveling from Sao Leopoldo in December, plan for slightly colder days in Punta del Este, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Montevideo.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Maldonado
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Museo – Taller de Casapueblo ©
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo
Museo del Mar ©
Museo del Mar
Playa Mansa ©
Playa Mansa

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Avenida 18 de Julio as well as Theatre Solis. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pocitos and Palacio Taranco. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes and Fortaleza del Cerro. When in Montevideo, make a side trip to see Cuchilla alta in Canelones, approximately 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: hunt for treasures at Mercado del Puerto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Montevideo, make a trip to Plaza Independencia, and kick back and relax at Playa Pocitos.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Montevideo day trip planning website .

You can take a bus from Punta del Este to Montevideo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Punta del Este in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Montevideo: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Montevideo

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Cuchilla alta
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Rambla de Montevideo ©
Rambla de Montevideo
Mercado del Puerto ©
Mercado del Puerto
Ciudad Vieja ©
Ciudad Vieja

1
night
Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia del Sacramento ©
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
On the 30th (Mon), wander the streets of Barrio Historico, take an in-depth tour of Museo Portugues, don't miss a visit to La Calle de los Suspiros, then enjoy the sea views from Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, and finally contemplate the long history of Plaza de toros Real de San Carlos.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Colonia del Sacramento trip planner .

Traveling by car from Montevideo to Colonia del Sacramento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse ©
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse
La Calle de los Suspiros ©
La Calle de los Suspiros

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