Sunsets, sand dunes, sea lions, whales, remote lighthouses, and trendy nightclubs- Uruguay's coast offers something for all travelers. Our Uruguay trip explores the shores of the Rio Plata and Atlantic Ocean with visits to Punta del Este, La Paloma and Punta del Diablo. Relax in comfortable beachfront lodges with ample time for horseback riding or simply relaxing at the beach.
Day 1 : Arrive Punta del Este Day 2 : Hike Cerro Verde | Visit Karumbé Green Turtle Center Day 3 : Cabo Polonio Sand dune Trekking Day 4 : Canoeing and Biking the Rocha Region Day 5 : Explore Punta del Este Day 6 : Free day in Jose Ignacio Day 7 : Montevideo
Volunteer at Karumbé to help the preservation of the green sea turtle
Canoe across Rocha Lagoon while keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife
This morning trek along the beach towards Cerro Verde, the “Green Hill” located in the middle of the beach which allows you to see beautiful views of the Atlantic coastline. Visit Karumbé, a local organization dedicated to the preservation of the Green Turtle. You can even give Karumbé a hand with today´s activities. In the afternoon transfer back to the small seaside village of Punta del Diablo and relax at beachfront accommodations for the evening.
After breakfast, a private transfer will take you to the small fishing village of Valizas. Enjoy a short tour of the area before you head to the Uruguayan desert. Climb the sand dunes and attempt to make it to the highest point of the "Cerro de la Buena Vista". From here you will have stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding dunes and neighboring wetlands. Next hike to the small village of Cabo Polonio where you will enjoy lunch while you watch the sea lions sprawling on nearby rocks. Return to your hotel in La Paloma for the evening.
After a leisurely morning, you are picked up for a drive to the Rocha Lagoon. This spot is well known for its bird watching opportunities and is a protected area. Canoe across the lagoon while keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife. On the other side of the lagoon, enjoy a picnic lunch before heading out on bikes towards the city of Jose Ignacio, where you will spend the evening
Discover the beach destination of Punta del Este today with a guided city tour. Visit Punta del Este's most important attractions such as Juan Gorlero, the port, and the residential areas of San Rafael, Rincon del Indio and Cantegril. You will also visit the Indigenous Park and complete the tour with a visit to the Casapueblo Museum, the former home of Uruguayan artist Carlos Paez Vilaro, from where you can enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in all of Uruguay. Return to your hotel in Jose Ignacio.
The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.