Travel to Uruguay: useful information and recommended itineraries

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Uruguay is a small country in Latin America where the quality of life is excellent, there is little corruption and crime.
Considered the "South American Switzerland" it is famous for its green hinterland, the coast full of beaches and a tidy and clean capital.
A fascinating country to discover with a trip that allows you to admire the main attractions.

Index

  1. Travel informed: useful information, safety and necessary documents
  2. Where it is
  3. 9 days itinerary in Uruguay: colonial cities and nature
  4. 12-day itinerary: all of Uruguay
  5. Uruguay do it yourself: flights, costs, best time and advice
  6. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information, safety and necessary documents

  • Inhabitants: almost 3,5 million
  • Capital: Montevideo
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Local currency: Uruguayan peso UYU (€ 1,00 = 39,58 UYU)
  • Weather: it is of temperate type with inverted seasons compared to Italy. Winters, from May to September, are mild but windy, with temperatures ranging from a minimum of 8 ° to a maximum of 15 °. Summers, from November to March, are hot and sunny, and temperatures can reach highs of 38 °. Rains are frequent throughout the year.
  • Time zone: Uruguay is 3 hours behind Italy during solar time and 5 hours behind when daylight saving time applies.
  • vaccinations: no vaccination is mandatory, however it is necessary to pay attention to mosquito bites as cases of "Dengue" have been recorded in some areas.
  • Entry requirements: a valid passport is required and a visa is not required for stays of less than 90 days.
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is


    Uruguay is a country in South America that covers an area of ​​176.220 square kilometers. It borders to the north-east and north with Brazil, to the south-west with Argentina, to the south with the Rio de la Plata, finally to east its coasts are bathed by the Atlantic Ocean.





    9 days itinerary in Uruguay: colonial cities and nature

    1. First day: Arrival in Montevideo, transfer to the hotel and overnight
    2. Second day: Visit of Montevideo: Old Town with cathedral, theater and squares and New Town with the Uruguayan Congress Palace and some squares. Then the Prado area, the Botanical Gardens, the Presidential Palace and some monuments. Evening and overnight in Montevideo.
    3. Third day: Departure from Montevideo early in the morning towards Colonia del Sacramento; visit of one of the best preserved colonial towns with a beautiful historic center. Return to Montevideo in the evening and overnight.
    4. Fourth day: Transfer by bus to Punta del Este and the rest of the day to spend relaxing on one of the beautiful beaches of this well-known location.
    5. Fifth day: Visit of Punta del Este: Canegril, San Rafael, Beverly Hills, Montoya Beah, Rincon del Indio Park, Punta Ballena and much more. Overnight in Punta del Este.
    6. Sixth day: In the morning guided tour of Piriapolis a small colonial center on the ocean 30 Km from Punta del Este: visit of different panoramic points, the city center and the Azucar Reserve. Return to Punta del Este and overnight.
    7. Seventh day: Morning visit to Isla de Lobos where one of the largest colonies of sea lions in South America lives. Afternoon in Portezuelo, 24 Km from Punta del Este, to relax on a beautiful beach. Return to Punta del Este and overnight.
    8. Eighth day: Transfer to Montevideo and return flight to Italy or continuation of the trip to Argentina.
    9. Ninth day: arrival in Italy

    How much? Price details

    • Price per person starting from: € 2700
    • The price includes: international flights, mentioned excursions, mentioned transfers, accommodation in double room with breakfast, travel insurance
    • The fee does not include: meals, anything not expressly indicated in "the price includes"

    12-day itinerary: all of Uruguay

    1. First day: Arrival in Montevideo, transfer to the hotel, sunset along the Rambla and overnight
    2. Second day: Visit of Montevideo: Old Town with cathedral, theater and squares and New Town with the Uruguayan Congress Palace and some squares. Then the Prado area, the Botanical Gardens, the Presidential Palace and some monuments. Evening and overnight in Montevideo.
    3. Third day: Departure from Montevideo early in the morning towards Colonia del Sacramento; visit of one of the best preserved colonial towns with a beautiful historic center. Overnight in Colonia del Sacramento.
    4. Fourth day: Transfer by bus to Punta del Este and the rest of the day to spend relaxing on one of the beautiful beaches of this well-known location.
    5. Fifth day: Visit of Punta del Este: Canegril, San Rafael, Beverly Hills, Montoya Beah, Rincon del Indio Park, Punta Ballena and much more. Overnight in Punta del Este.
    6. Sixth day: Transfer by bus to La Paloma, a quiet fishing village which becomes a popular tourist resort during the summer. Relax on one of the beaches, surf or stroll to playa Botes. Overnight in La Paloma.
    7. Seventh day: Day in La Pedrera a small village with beautiful beaches of fine white sand 18 km from La Paloma. Relax and return to La Paloma in the evening.
    8. Eighth day: Transfer to Cabo Polonio, one of the most remote corners of Uruguay where very few people live and even in summer it is never attacked. Visit the lighthouse, the colony of sea lions and walk in this remote place without electricity. Overnight in Cabo Polonio.
    9. Ninth day: Horseback riding on the dunes from Cabo Polonio to Barra de Valizas, a rustic village with a wonderful atmosphere. During the ride stop at Monte de Ombues and at Cerro Buena Vista. Return and overnight in Cabo Polonio
    10. Tenth day: Transfer from Cabo Polonio to Punta del Diablo, also a fishing village, where you can spend the day surfing or relaxing on the beach with a good book. Overnight in Punta del Diablo.
    11. Eleventh day: Return to Montevideo and overnight.
    12. Twelfth day: Flight and return to Italy.

    How much? Price details

    • Price per person starting from: € 3300
    • The price includes: international flights, excursions as per program, transfers by bus or Jeep, overnight stay in a double room with breakfast, insurance
    • The fee does not include: meals, anything not expressly indicated in "the price includes"

    Uruguay do it yourself: flights, costs, best time and advice

    The cost of a trip to Uruguay depends a lot on the season; the best period to make these itineraries is certainly the summer which however coincides with the most expensive period. Alternatively, the mid-seasons are also perfect and in this way it is possible to save both on airplanes and accommodation.

    However don't think of this country as one of the economic ones in South America; an average meal costs approximately 711 UYU, € 18,00 and a single accommodation no less than 1186 UYU € 30 per night.
    However, if you travel low budget you can sleep and cook in the hostel, in this way you will spend about 1186 UYU, € 30,00 per day (in the middle seasons) per day.



    • Minimum period for a tour in Uruguay: 9 days
    • Recommended cities for base: Montevideo, Punta del Este, La Paloma, Colonia del Sacramento
    • Getting around: The bus system is efficient and well branched especially along the coast. From the main terminal in Montevideo there are also several departures to Brazil, Paraguay, most cities in the north of Argentina and Santiago in Chile. It is also possible to travel by taxi which are safe and reliable and use a taximeter (cost 79 UYU. , € 2,00 per Km)
    • Flights: A flight from Italy to Montevideo not in high season, if booked in time, costs approximately € 600,00 / € 700,00 which can also become € 1200,00 / € 1500,00 in tourist periods. The companies that fly from Italy to Uruguay are Iberia, Air Europa, Latam. Flights starting from € 600,00 -
    • Accommodations and accommodations: In Uruguay there are different types of accommodation: the cheaper hostels cost around € 15 per night out of season and € 20,00 in high season. Then there are hotels and pousadas that certainly have greater comforts but also higher prices. Hotel and b & b from € 30,00 per room -


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