8 Day Highlights of Uruguay


Filled with beauty and liveliness, Uruguay is probably the most underestimated country in South America. Often shadowed by its neighbour Brazil and Argentina, this verdant and sea fronting country, has more to offer than you might think, especially if you are an admirer of the delicate art of making wine.
From the summery Atlantic beaches to the UNESCO awarded city of Colonia del Sacramento, or, the two-month Carnaval celebration filled with candombe sounds - a type of music and dance originated from the African slaves in the 19th century - everything in Uruguay goes hand in hand with feelings of freedom and joy.
On this 8-day trip, you will see some of the most prestigious spots in Uruguay while having enough time to savour each one of them carefully. Your Uruguayan adventure start at Colonia de Sacramento where you will be doing a very educational city tour. The Old District is sure to be the highlight of this tour as not much else can beat the incredible beauty of the old city. You will also be spending some days in the reinvigorating Estancia Finca Piedra where you will eat well, look well, and feel well, as you surround yourself with nature. Montevideo will be another treasure; it is a city where historic heritage meets a modern and entrepreneurial spirit. Punta del Este will be the perfect end to your trip, as nothing gives a holiday a more pleasant finish than the warmth of the sun and the fresh breeze of the sea.

Highlights

  • Regular Colonia Walking

  • Estancia Finca Piedra

  • Regular Montevideo City Tour

  • Regular Punta del Este City Tour

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Day 1:

You will spend your first day in the beautiful city of Colonia where a private transfer will welcome you at the port and will take you to the hotel where you will be staying. After checking-in, you can enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure and get to know this captivating corner of Uruguay a little better. Perhaps, you would like to take a walk along one of the sunny beaches and enjoy the relaxing sea breeze. You could also wander around the famous main square 'Plaza Independencia', or if you have some time left, pay a little visit to Casa de la Cultura which is open from 9 am to 8 pm.

Day 2:

Your second day will be dedicated to officially getting to know the city by doing a 'Regular Colonia Walking Tour'. This walk is very educational and will take you through Colonia's Old District. It will give you all the information and visual proof as to why Colonia de Sacramento was recognised as a World Heritage Site back in 1995. The Old District was founded in 1680 by the Portuguese on the Rio de Plata and is a beautiful and peaceful area. It is still very well preserved today, allowing visitors to witness the fusion of the Portuguese, Spanish and post-colonial styles present in this historic Uruguayan urban landscape. Your tour will start at the old city gates toward the famous “Street of Sighs” (or Calle de los Suspiros) which is a narrow pedestrian way with no sidewalks and paved with wedge stones that date back to 1720. The stop on your tour is the Main Square, followed by the ruins of the San Francisco Church which is the oldest ruin in Uruguay dating back to the 17th century. You will then visit the Lighthouse, the Governor’s House and finally the Sacramento Basilica. Every corner of this city is extra special. Once the tour is over you are free to continue on your own and keep exploring.

Day 3:

On your third day, you will visit Estancia Finca Piedra, a place where you will find peacefulness, relaxation and adventure all in one. You will start with breakfast, and after checking out, you will be taken in a private transport with a guide over to the Estancia. The trip won't take long as the estancia is in San Jose, only 68 miles from Colonia and 77 miles from Montevideo. When you arrive, expect nothing else but pure, beautiful nature all around you, including 20 hectares of selected vineyards. The Estancia Finca Piedra is an authentic ecotourism ranch and is perfect for anyone looking to unwind while experiencing the Uruguayan country life with all its perks. Here you can be alone; activities include horse riding (with a friendly 'gaucho'), cart rides, bird watching, trekking, savouring delicious homemade meals (the Estancia offers their best selection of 100% natural meats), vineyard tours, wine tasting, and so much more. The hosts speak Spanish, English and French and while on the Estancia you can choose between guided (or unguided) activities. When you are out, keep an eye out for the beautiful wildlife as you could spot foxes, rabbits, lizards, anteaters or beautiful birds. The Estancia also features a fantastic swimming pool overlooking the vineyards, a boutique offering traditional Uruguayan paraphernalia and souvenirs, a spa, a game room, a large arena for rodeo events as well as rural infrastructure for breeding cattle. Here you will learn everything about the agriculture of this 1000-hectare ranch, as well as the history, culture and lifestyle of Uruguay. You will have one full day here so do make sure to make the most out of it.

Day 4:

Start the day with breakfast followed by check out from Estancia Finca Piedra. You will then be taken on a private transfer (with a guide) to the city of Montevideo. Upon arrival, check-in at your selected hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. You could spend some time relaxing at the hotel, or you could go out and start exploring on your own. You could wander around Montevideo's Plaza de la Independencia (once home to a Spanish citadel). The plaza has easy access to Ciudad Vieja ('The Old Town') which features fantastic art deco buildings, colonial homes and other landmarks including the towering Palacio Salvo and the neoclassical performance hall 'Solís Theatre'. To get the most out of your visit bring your camera and your best walking shoes!

Day 5:

Another day, another city tour, but this time in Montevideo. You will start the day with breakfast, as usual, followed by a pick up from the hotel which will take you on the 'Regular Montevideo City Tour'. Montevideo is Uruguay’s capital and a major city along the Rio de la Plata. It revolves around the Plaza de la Independencia, and it's known as a for having a vibrant and eclectic atmosphere, rich cultural life, and for being a fast-growing tech centre with an ever-expanding entrepreneurial community. The city was established back in 1724 by a Spanish soldier named Bruno Mauricio de Zabala, so expect nothing less than a place full of interesting history that can still be witnessed today through its beautiful art deco and neoclassical buildings. Montevideo is a city of contrast, it's also fun and laid-back, and there couldn't be a better proof of that than the exclusive beachside suburb of Carrasco near the airport. So what will you be able to see? You can expect to see Montevideo's monuments, gardens and parks. The highlights will be the Old City, Constitution Square, Cathedral and Colonial Town Hall, Solis Theatre, Independence Square (featuring the mausoleum José Gervasio Artigas, a famous national hero in the country). As you continue on you will see the Government House (Museum of the Presidents) as well as '18 de Julio', the main downtown shopping street where you will see lots of shops, cafés and also some office buildings. Next on comes the Parliament Building and you could opt to visit the inside should you wish (access fee applies). It took 17 years to build Uruguay's Parliament construction began in 1908 and was completed in 1925. The building uses 12 types of wood and local marble in 52 different colours. It is an impressive landmark in the city and established as the pride of Uruguay. As you leave the Parliament, you will continue to Batlle & Ordoñez Park, passing by the Obelisk, La Carreta (Covered Wagon) monument as well as the “Centenario” Soccer Stadium. You will also see the residential area of Carrasco, and stop at Plaza Virgilio to view the monument dedicated to the Fallen Navy Soldiers. Make sure to stop and take pictures as the view of the city here is stunning. The tour will end in the best way possible as you will return to the city centre while driving along the coastal beaches.

Day 6:

On day 6 you will be travelling again but not before enjoying breakfast at the hotel. After you have checked-out, you will be taken on a private transfer to the bus station to take a regular bus departure to the seaside resort of Punta del Este. Upon arrival, you will go to your selected hotel from the Punta del Este bus station on a private transfer. The rest of the day is as usual on travelling days, yours to enjoy at your leisure. As Punta del Este is a fantastic seaside resort town what most guests opt to do is walk around the lovely beaches and spend some quality time by the sea relaxing and taking photos.

Day 7:

After breakfast, a pick up awaits at the hotel's lobby to take you on the Regular Punta del Este City Tour. Punta del Este is a beautiful resort city, on a narrow peninsula in southeast Uruguay, it is recognised for its fantastic beaches, surf culture and overall laid-back attitude. It is also very popular among Argentines and Brazilians as a preferred holiday destination due to its many beaches, elegant seaside homes, yacht harbour, high-rise apartment buildings, pricey hotels as well as glitzy restaurants. It is also known as South America’s most glamorous resorts and a hidden gem of Uruguay. After all, it is not by chance that this is the most expensive place in Uruguay. It is also known as the “St. Tropez of South America” and is famous for being a favourite destination for the regional and international jet set as well as a world-renowned location for film festivals and international conferences. The highlight of this town is the pristine beaches and welcoming atmosphere. As for your tour, you will start by exploring the city's residential districts, followed by
the fantastic beach areas of Playa Mansa and Playa Brava. In the tree-lined communities of San Rafael, Cantegril and Beverly Hills, you can expect to see mansions along with their luxurious private gardens. The tour will also you take to the Tudor-styled San Rafael Hotel & Casino, as well as to Punta Ballena which is a must-see for its panoramic views of the city and coast. You will also stop at Casapueblo, a Moroccan style atelier once home to the renowned Uruguayan artist, Carlos Páez Vilaró. Entrance to the atelier is optional, and the fee is not included. As the tour ends, it's time to go back to the hotel and enjoy some much-deserved relaxation time. Your legs will thank you for it!

Day 8:

Your last day has arrived which means that after breakfast it is time to say goodbye and check out from your hotel. A private transfer will take you to the airport the Montevideo Airport where you will catch your flight back home.

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