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Taste of Uruguay

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Cheese, wine and olive oil were introduced in Uruguay by families of immigrants that arrived to these lands more than 250 years ago. Today, many vineyards, wineries and local cheese artisan producers open their doors to visitors from all over the world to taste these hidden Uruguayan gastronomy treasures!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Colonia
Day 2 : Drive to Montevideo | Walking tour of city
Day 3 : Morning exploration of Montevideo | Onward to Estancia Charabon
Day 4 : Cabo Polonio Sanddune Trekking
Day 5 : Garzon Village
Day 6 : On to Jose Ignacio | Day at Leisure
Day 7 : Punta del Este Gourmet
Day 8 : Return to Montevideo

Highlights

  • Visit local wineries, an olive oil plant and cheese farm
  • Climb the sand dunes in Valizas for a panoramic view of the dunes and ocean
  • Relax at the Estancia Charabon, a glimpse of the traditional gaucho life
  • Walk to cobbled streets of Colonia and Montevideo with your guide

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Trip Type

  • Adventure Life Exclusive

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Church and vineyards Wine cellar Passing along the grapes Stone buildings Wandering the road in Uruguay Flowers and grape vines at Bodega Juanico Street-side view of Historic Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Day 1 Arrive Colonia

Arrive today to Colonia del Sacramento by ferry from Buenos Aires and begin a walking city tour along the cobbled streets of the old town of Colonia. This is an exciting opportunity to visit the best sights of the city of Colonia. Due to its Colonial beginnings, the city's layout is different from the majority of Uruguayan cities. It's a very picturesque city with cobbled streets and quaint stone houses alternating with small bars, excellent restaurants, art and craft shops, museums. The trip can be customized based on your specific interests.

Day 2 Drive to Montevideo | Walking tour of city

This morning enjoy a private transfer from Colonia to Montevideo, where you will enjoy lunch at the Port Market. After lunch, enjoy a walking city tour of the Ciudad Vieja (the colonial historic neighborhood) and visit some local museums. The evening is free to enjoy dinner at one of Montevideo's restaurants or the nightlife that ranges from cozy tango bars to trendy, modern discos.

Day 3 Morning exploration of Montevideo | Onward to Estancia Charabon

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
This morning take a guided city tour of this cosmopolitan city and a visit to a winery in the region with a tasting. In the afternoon transfer to Estancia Charabon. Surrounded by the hills of Rocha, this 2300 acre estancia contains natural and eucalyptus forests. Enjoy the evening relaxing and dining at the Estancia.

Day 4 Cabo Polonio Sanddune Trekking

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, transfer to the small fishing village of Valizas, the starting point of today´s trekking adventure. After exploring this small village, cross the Valizas Stream and dive into the Uruguayan desert. Climb the high sand dunes until you arrive at the highest point of the “Cerro de la Buena Vista”, from where you have stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean, the dune system and the surrounding wetlands. Start your descent and walk along the beach until arriving to Cabo Polonio, the small village surrounded by sand dunes which cannot be accessed by car. Enjoy lunch in one of the small restaurants and watch the sea lions sprawling on the rocks next to the lighthouse. In the afternoon, take one of the 4-wheel-trucks out of Cabo Polonio. Transfer back to Estancia Charabon for dinner this evening.

Day 5 Garzon Village

Today, transfer to Pueblo Garzon, a small, picturesque village just 30 minutes from Jose Ignacio, where time seems to have stood still. Stroll around the central square, where everyone knows everyone and gathers for a chat. Just a few kilometers outside the village, Colinas de Garzon Extra Virgin Olive Oil Boutique Plant awaits you for a visit to their production facilities followed by a tasting of their award-winning olive oils. Enjoy this afternoon at leisure in Pueblo Garzon, where you will spend the night in a small, charming posadas.

Day 6 On to Jose Ignacio | Day at Leisure

Transfer to Jose Ignacio after breakfast this morning. The rest of the day is a free day to enjoy the area. Stroll through the village, climb the lighthouse, enjoy good food in one of the many local restaurants or just lay back and relax on the beach.

Day 7 Punta del Este Gourmet

Visit one of the few wineries in the region of Punta del Este, Altos de la Ballena, one of the youngest wineries in the region. Take a tour and learn why the owners made the unusual decision to open a winery close to Punta del Este. Afterwards, continue to the cheese farm Nonno Antonio, where you will learn about the art of making artisan cheese and taste the different varieties. Finish the day with a visit to Casapueblo museum, the home and studio of famous former Uruguayan artist Carlos Paez Vilaro. In the evening, return to your hotel in Jose Ignacio.

Day 8 Return to Montevideo

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast this morning before taking your private transfer back to Montevideo. From here you can connect with a ferry to Buenos Aires or your return flight home.

Colonia - Hotels

El Charabon

Hotel Casa Anna

Jose Ignacio - Hotels

Montevideo - Hotels

Per person starting at
$3,775

Notes

$990 - $1,300 single supplement

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
    • 2 Nights Hotel
    • 5 Nights Lodge
  • 2 Days Private Guide Service
  • 1 Day Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are included.

Excluded

  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $250 Meals not Included
  • $30 Airport Departure Tax
  • $60 Optional Excursions
  • $105 One-Way Ferry Ticket from Buenos Aires to Colonia
  • $150 One-Way Ferry Ticket from Montevideo to Buenos Aires
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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