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Discovering Uruguay’s Beaches, Estancias and Natural Gems

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PRIVATE TOUR - 9 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 3042

Private Tour Highlights

  • Tucking into a delicious lunch at La Perla while looking out at the seals and sea lions relaxing on the rocks at Cabo Polonio.
  • Lying under the shade of swaying palm trees at Rocha Palm Groves, an area rich in natural treasures and historical intrigue.
  • Perusing the market stalls and museums of Montevideo, brimming with colorful streets and exquisite architecture.
  • Reveling in the natural delights of Humedales del Este, by canoeing, birdwatching, horse riding, fishing and hiking.
  • Glimpsing the chic neighborhoods of Punta del Este, a lively coastal town with intriguing surrealist art strewn along its enticing beaches.
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Tour Overview

Tour three exceptional and distinct Uruguayan highlights including Montevideo, Cabo Polonio, and Punta del Este while Discovering Uruguay’s Beaches, Estancias and Natural Gems! Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, is now home to about half of the population. Montevideo is also the location of cutting-edge art galleries, vast parks, and “asados”, traditional barbecues. Cabo Polonio is a small and charming fishing village, and our final stop, Punta del Este, is a well known seaside resort town, a place to see and be seen.

Looking to explore Uruguay? Montevideo is, without a doubt, a “must-see.” Known for its high quality of life and worldliness, Montevideo is now home to about half of Uruguay’s population, not to mention cutting-edge art galleries, vast parks, historic architecture and “asados” worth writing home about. First settled by the Spanish and Portuguese as a mercantile and military base, Montevideo soon came to be Río de la Plata’s main port, a role that’s shaped the city’s profound cultural heritage in no small measure. On this particular tour, you’ll see the Prado district, the Legislative Palace, Mercado del Puerto, an indoor market full of small shops that sell books, crafts, clothing and textiles and so much more.

From Montevideo, you’ll head to Cabo de Polonio, a small fishing village that’s only accessible by horseback or by cars with four-wheeled drive on account of shifting sand dunes—sand dunes that make you feel as if you’re in the middle of the Sahara

Last but not least, you’ll head to Uruguay’s most well known seaside resort town: Punta del Este. Located in the province of Maldonado, just two hours from Montevideo (the capital of Uruguay), Punta del Este has come to be known for its long, white beaches; high-end resorts & restaurants; cutting-edge art galleries; all-night nightlife; and water sports, from sailing and fishing to windsurfing, jet-skiing, scuba diving and surfing. (Other non-water sports, such as polo, golf, tennis and rugby, are common Punta del Este pastimes as well.)

Inclusions
Prices include hotel accommodation complete with daily continental breakfast, city tours in English including all entrance fees, all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling, and meals where specified. Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are already included.
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Double £$2911 £$3042 £$3259 £$3446
Single £$4912 £$5134 £$5587 £$5981

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Montevideo

Overnight flight to Montevideo.

Overnight flight to Montevideo.

Day
2

Montevideo

Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Unpack, settle in or just take it easy. In the afternoon, see the historic quarter— its highlights, its architectural nuances and galleries. After that, explore El Mercado del Puerto, an indoor market with small shops that sell books, crafts, clothing and textiles. The market has come to be a venue for local, up-and-coming musicians a common "meet up" for Montevideanos. Be sure to take in the wood smoke and try out some Uruguayan food for lunch (included).
Note: Hotel check-in is normally after 2 p.m. Early check-in may be granted (subject to availability, not guaranteed).
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Montevideo-Uruguay
Day
3

Montevideo – Colonia

After breakfast, transfer to the bus station to take the bus to Colonia del Sacramento. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel.
In the afternoon, explore Colonia's historic quarter—the stone-paved streets, colonial architecture, forts, Spanish and Portuguese museums, the port and last, but by no means least, Ferrando Beach. From the beach, follow the Coastal Rambla, an esplanade from the Old City to the "Real de San Carlos," and visit the bullring, the horses' race course and the old port. Lunch at Meson de la Plaza (included).
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Colonia-Uruguay
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4

Colonia – Montevideo – Punta del Este

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Transfer to the bus terminal and take the bus to Montevideo, then continue on to Punta del Este. Today, take a city tour featuring some of Punta del Este's foremost highlights, the port; Juan Gorlero, the main avenue, and some residential neighborhoods, such as the San Rafael, Rincón del Indio, Cantegril and Golf. After that, cross La Barra, an undulated bridge, and visit the Indigenous Park as well as Mansa and Brava beaches and Beverly Hills, one of Punta del Este's most elegant neighborhoods.
And, last but not least, visit Casapueblo, once the self-designed home of Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró's and now an art gallery, museum, hotel and sculpture in its own right. Transfer to Las Cumbres Boutique Hotel for overnight stay.
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Punta-del-Este-Uruguay
Day
5

Cabo Polonio – Estancia Guardia del Monte

After breakfast, head for Cabo Polonio, a small fishing village that's only accessible by horseback or by cars with four-wheel drive on account of shifting sand dunes—sand dunes that make one feel as if they're in the middle of the Sahara. Have lunch at La Perla, or The Pearl, a small, local posada, or lodge, that looks out on the sea. After lunch, check out the seals and sea lions on the surrounding islands. (Collectively these islands have one of the largest populations of seals in the world.) Then, continue on to Estancia Guardia Del Monte, located at the shores of the Castillos Lagoon, for an overnight stay. Dinner included. ...read less

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6

Estancia Guardia del Monte

Morning visit to an ombú forest, one of the few that still exist. Full Day dedicated to enjoy the estancia and its surroundings. There will be the opportunity to practice several activities like: horse-riding, fishing, bird-watching, and swimming at the Castillos Lagoon. Lunch, dinner and lodging are included at this estancia.

Morning visit to an ombú forest, one of the few that still exist. Full Day dedicated to enjoy the estancia and its surroundings. There will be the opportunity to practice several activities like: horse-riding, fishing, bird-watching, and swimming at the Castillos Lagoon. Lunch, dinner and lodging are included at this estancia.

Day
7

Playa La Pedrera

After breakfast, transfer to La Pedrera. Day at leisure. It is recommended to visit to Rocha Palm Groves, where one can lie out under palm trees and explore the Black Lagoon. In the afternoon, visit the Ficus Forest and the Hill, known for its unrivaled view. Return to La Pedrera.

After breakfast, transfer to La Pedrera. Day at leisure. It is recommended to visit to Rocha Palm Groves, where one can lie out under palm trees and explore the Black Lagoon. In the afternoon, visit the Ficus Forest and the Hill, known for its unrivaled view. Return to La Pedrera.

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Day
8

Playa “La Pedrera”

Day at leisure for beach activities.

Day at leisure for beach activities.

Day
9

Montevideo

Transfer to the Montevideo airport, to catch the flight back home or overlap with an add-on of one’s choice.

Transfer to the Montevideo airport, to catch the flight back home or overlap with an add-on of one’s choice.

Montevideo, Montevideo Department, Uruguay

Colonia, Uruguay

Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay

Casas de la Playa, La Pedrera, Rocha, Uruguay

Places You'll See

  • Montevideo-at-Night

    Montevideo

    Uruguay’s capital city, Montevideo, is a great destination for culture and history buffs, as well as those enjoy music, tango, and nightlife. Visit the National History Museum Spread between five old historic houses. See the colorful homes of the Barrio Reus neighborhood, or bike along the Rabmbla. Purchase everything from t-shirts to kitchen supplies at La Feria Tristin Narvaja Flea Market.

  • Colonia-bridge

    Colonia

    Colonia is a South American fishing village in spirit. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995, its historic quarter is full of cobblestone streets, well-preserved colonial architecture, waterfront cafes and locals with plenty of intriguing stories to tell.

  • Punta-del-Este-Monument

    Punta del Este

    Enjoy all the intriguing sights, sounds, and activities Punta del Este has to offer. Relax on the sandy beaches, or try your hand in the exciting casinos. Visit the Casa-Pueblo, a beautiful resort-museum with its Mediterranean surrealistic architecture. See the display of exotic plants at the Arboretum Lussich botanical gardens, or enjoy the swinging nightlife.

  • Rocha-Lighthouse

    Rocha

    One of the oldest cities in Uruguay is the city of Rocha, loaning its name to the District it is capital of. The seaside providence of Rocha offers many unique activities to partake in, along with many historical areas to explore and learn about.

Hotel Options

Featured Accommodation

Estancia Guardia del Monte

On the shores of the Laguna de Castillos the historic Guardia del Monte rises. Rich landscapes and wildlife in its surroundings. Laguna mountain of ancient ombues, elderly crowns, ceibos legendary … Banados populated by capybaras, otters and a variety of birds.

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3 Star Properties

Montevideo : Hotel Orpheo Express

Montevideo : Hotel Plaza Fuerte

Montevideo : Hotel Crystal Palace

Colonia : Posada del Virrey

Colonia : Hotel Plaza Mayor

Colonia : Don Antonio Posada

Punta del Este : Hotel Concorde

Punta del Este : Hotel Sunset Beach

Punta del Este : Hotel Best Western La Foret

4 Star Properties

Montevideo : Regency Rambla Design Apart Hotel

Montevideo : AXSUR Design Hotel

Montevideo : My Suites Hotel

Colonia : Costa Colonia Riverside

Colonia : Radisson Colonia

Punta del Este : 2122 Art Design Hotel

Punta del Este : Barradas Parque Hotel & Spa

Punta del Este : Awa Boutique and Design Hotel

5 Star Properties

Montevideo : Radisson Victoria Plaza

Montevideo : Belmont House Hotel

Colonia : Sheraton Colonia Golf & Spa Resort

Punta del Este : Conrad Punta del Este Resort and Casino

Punta de Este : Yoo Punta de Este

Punta del Este : Hotel Boutique Sisai

Luxury Properties

Montevideo : Sofitel deluxe Hotel

Colonia : Carmelo Resort and Spa

Punta del Este : Hotel Fasano (La Barra)

Punta del Este : Serena

Testimonials

Barbara (Travel Agent)

Traveled January, 2012

I look forward to working with you on future itineraries

My clients just returned from their Uruguay trip. Everything was perfect!!!They loved their guide in Montevideo, loved the hotels and all went very well with the car and the driving itineraries. They especially loved the country and the people. This was a very positive commentary since they have traveled in South America previously and are very well traveled VIP clients. I look forward to working with you on future itineraries and relying on your contacts and expertise.

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Barbara (Travel Agent)

Traveled January, 2012

I look forward to working with you on future itineraries

My clients just returned from their Uruguay trip. Everything was perfect!!!They loved their guide in Montevideo, loved the hotels and all went very well with the car and the driving itineraries. They especially loved the country and the people. This was a very positive commentary since they have traveled in South America previously and are very well traveled VIP clients. I look forward to working with you on future itineraries and relying on your contacts and expertise.

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Janet

Traveled December, 2009

I had a wonderful and exciting trip

I had a wonderful and exciting trip. I am very impressed with the arrangement from your tour company especially in the Amazon, Peru and Chile. They are highly recommended and very professional.

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