As you might imagine, Uruguay is a popular destination for nearby residents of Buenos Aires. These six days of Uruguay tours will show you why. When Argentines travel to Uruguay for the weekend, they usually head to quaint Colonia, with its UNESCO World Heritage Site old town, just an hour away by ferry. You’ll start there before traveling on to Montevideo to enjoy two nights in the bustling but modest-sized capital. Montevideo is filled with urban amenities and old world charm. Then it’s on to the playground of the rich and famous, the center of Uruguay’s Riviera, Punta del Este, for three full days of glamorous leisure with the international beach set.

Please note costs are dependent on hotel availability and time of year.

Weekly departures available, or contact us to arrange a private departure.

Day 1: Buenos Aires - Colonia - Montevideo

From your Buenos Aires hotel, you will be taken to the port at Puerto Madero to catch the ferry to Colonia where your Uruguay tours begin. On arrival, you will be met by a guide who will show you the city’s sights and describe the rich history of Uruguay’s oldest settlement. The tour takes in the old city, historic buildings and museums as well seeing where the bulls fight and horses race. After arriving in Montevideo, you will be transferred to your hotel for dinner and an evening on your own. (B)

Day 2: Montevideo

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be taken to see some of Montevideo’s most famed edifices, including the ornate Legislative Palace, town hall and the cathedral plus some of its neighborhoods, the old city, Prado and Carrasco. The memorable setting for lunch is the cast iron 19th century marketplace, Mercado del Puerto, where eateries abound. In the afternoon you will be taken to Montevideo’s nearby vineyards to taste Uruguay’s most famous varietal, Tannat, before being returned to your hotel for dinner and a free evening. (B)

Day 3: Montevideo to Punta del Este

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up for the eighty-mile drive east to the southern sea coast, where the Argentina’s glamour set go for Uruguay beach holidays. Today’s Uruguay tours will acquaint you with all the region has to offer for the rest of your stay. Along the way, you will visit the beach town of Piriapolis, with a quirky history and architecture to match. Arriving at Punta del Este, you’ll see the calm mansa beach on the west side of the peninsula and the rougher ocean beach, brava, to the east, a distinction marked by the art landmark, Los Dedos, giant fingers emerging from the sand. You’ll pass along Avenida Juan Gorlero, visit some of the neighborhoods and stop at the landmark, Casapueblo, part art studio/part residence/part hotel, the creation of Uruguayan abstract painter, Carlos Paez Vilaro. You will be taken to your hotel to begin your own exploration of the exotic environs of Punta del Este. (B)

Days 4-5: Punta del Este

Two more days of glitzy resort life await you. After breakfast at the hotel, spend your time as you like, enjoying the beaches, cafes, surf and nightlife, a simpler, more glamorous life than what awaits you back home. (B)

Day 6: Punta del Este - Home

After breakfast, you will be transferred from the hotel to Laguna del Sauce International Airport for your return to Buenos Aires or your next destination, ending your Uruguay tours with Southern Explorations. (B)


When to Visit
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Uruguay has a temperate climate with little seasonal variation. Summers are hot from December to March and winters mild, June to August. The most pleasant time to travel to Uruguay is late spring/early summer and late summer/early autumn, when the weather is still warm but less humid.

Hot, humid weather makes December through March the most popular time for Uruguay tours to the beaches of Punta del Este. Rainfall occurs as tropical downpours, heavy and brief. Almost every day is sunny.

April and May are warm with cool nights. The hours of sunshine decrease with fog commonplace, coming inland from the sea and rivers. Rainfall becomes less dramatic as the season progresses, shifting from tropical storms to longer, lighter showers.

June through August is mild and damp with sunshine lasting five or six hours a day. Precipitation usually takes the form of drizzle from overcast skies. Temperatures tend to stay above freezing so frosts are unlikely and snow very rare. The season experiences a cold, sometimes strong, pampero wind from the south.

From September through November the days are warm, though the nighttime temperatures remain cool. The clouds begin to clear away, providing longer periods of sun, but fog develops quite regularly. Spring is still subject to the pampero wind which can suddenly force temperatures down.
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Uruguay Triangle Tour

Per Person
Included in tour cost
  • Ferry ticket
  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • English-speaking certified guides
  • Entrance fees for all scheduled tours, national parks & archaeological sites
  • Meals as indicated
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • Domestic airfare within South America
  • International airfare to and from Central & South America

Uruguay Triangle Tour

Trip Dates
Can’t find a date that works for you in the list below? Southern Explorations can arrange a private departure on any date that works with your schedule. Custom tours are also available. Contact us for details.
Friday, December 23, 2016 to Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Saturday, January 21, 2017 to Thursday, January 26, 2017
Saturday, February 11, 2017 to Thursday, February 16, 2017
Saturday, March 11, 2017 to Thursday, March 16, 2017
Saturday, April 22, 2017 to Thursday, April 27, 2017
Saturday, May 27, 2017 to Thursday, June 1, 2017
Saturday, July 1, 2017 to Thursday, July 6, 2017
Saturday, August 26, 2017 to Thursday, August 31, 2017
Friday, September 1, 2017 to Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017 to Thursday, October 26, 2017
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 to Sunday, November 26, 2017
Saturday, December 23, 2017 to Thursday, December 28, 2017

Punta del Este
Hotel upgrades are available, please contact us to discuss your options.
Hotel upgrades are available, please contact us to discuss your options.

Uruguay - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I choose an itinerary?
A: We offer both active and cultural tours highlighting the colonial towns, wine country, wildlife and pristine beaches of Uruguay. These itineraries vary in length and level of accommodation. Our Adventure Travel Coordinators would be happy to chat with you to help you find the itinerary that best meets your needs and interests.
Q: Can I make changes or additions to these tours?
A: Yes! We are happy to put together a custom Uruguay tour for you if our current itineraries are not quite what you are looking for. We can also add extensions onto any of our existing tours.
Q: What is the weather like?
A: Uruguay has a temperate climate with little seasonal variation. Summers are hot from December to March, and winters are mild, from June to August.
Q: When is the best time to go to Uruguay?
A: The most pleasant time to travel to Uruguay is late spring/early summer and late summer/early autumn, when the weather is still warm but less humid. The busiest times of year are December through February, when international visitors - particularly Argentineans - flock to the hot, beautiful beaches of Uruguay.
Q: What is a typical day like on a Uruguay tour?
A: A typical day in Uruguay will vary from tour to tour, but you can generally expect to start your excursions right after breakfast, with a full day of scheduled activities or sightseeing. A lunch break is included and you’ll retire to your accommodations in the late afternoon, with evenings free.
Q: How physically fit do I need to be to enjoy a trip to Uruguay?
A: Our Uruguay trips vary in level of activity, so the requirements differ based on itinerary. Please check our physical ratings for each itinerary to see what may be required of you when assessing your ability to enjoy a trip. If you have any specific questions, please contact your Adventure Travel Coordinator. We have personal experience with these activities and can help you decide whether a trip is right for you.
Q: How much time do we need to visit Uruguay?
A: Most of our Uruguay trips are between seven and 10 days, depending on how much of the country you would like to see.
Q: How far in advance should I book?
A: For the best guide availability and selection in hotels, we recommend booking three to six months in advance. December through February are especially popular times for Uruguay travel, so more advance planning is ideal. For the Christmas holiday season and the week prior to Easter, we recommend booking a year in advance.
Q: What are your booking and cancellation policies?
A: Click here to see our booking and cancellation policies.
Q: Do you use certified guides?
A: Our guides have been carefully selected for their knowledge, professionalism, experience and ability to effectively manage groups with finesse. We only hire guides who are native to the destination and licensed or certified in accordance with the government regulations of their country. All are fluent in Spanish and English. Most have advanced degrees in tourism, biology, native culture or other related field. All guides are experienced in the outdoors and trained in basic first aid.
Q: What kind of accommodations can I expect?
A: In major cities we offer a variety of hotels including boutique properties and larger business-style hotels. Throughout the rest of the country we work with a combination of estancias, small traditional hotels, and remote lodges. The majority of the properties are family-run or locally owned. All of our accommodations are clean and comfortable, with private bathrooms and hot water. We offer basic or luxury options in many locations, depending on taste and budget.
Q: Do tours include airfare?
A: Travelers are responsible for their own international airfare. Internal flights are quoted separately from our base trip costs. We will include any necessary internal flight pricing in your quote.
Q: How many people are on your tours?
A:  Eight travelers is the maximum for our Uruguay trips, but the majority of our departures are private.
Q: Will I get more information on packing, vaccines, currency, electricity, etc.?
A: After booking you will receive a link to our online trip portal, which includes all of the need-to-know information that is specific to your itinerary. This includes packing lists, restaurant recommendations, tipping guides, FAQs, vaccine recommendations and currency information. Your Adventure Travel Coordinator will also be a great resource for any other information you may need.