We’re lucky enough that our location independent business means that we can travel extra slow. If this is an option to you, we strongly recommend that you take your time, really getting to know and appreciate each country you’re in rather than try to cram as many passport stamps as you can into a few months. We would advise at least one month in each country in Latin America, perhaps with the exception of Panama, which has less going on. However, that’s not always possible, as we are often asked by people who only have a 2 week holiday from their jobs where we would prioritise in the given time. So behold! Here is our 2 weeks Uruguay itinerary for anyone who is tight on time but still wants to soak up the best that this incredible country has to offer.
Now, the real Uruguayan way of the colonial past is to live the life of the gauchos – Uruguay’s cowboys, who live on cattle ranches called haciendas or estancias. We’ve included a 2-night stay at a working ranch of your choice here, but generally speaking ranches are a more expensive style of accommodation. If you don’t want to spend the $80-250 a night on this type of Uruguayan experience, consider swapping the nights in Trinidad for more time along the coast; check out La Paloma for an exciting vibe.
Uruguay is teeny enough that the longest bus you’ll have to take is 5 hours from Montevideo up to Punta del Diablo, which is on the border with Brazil. So don’t panic when you see ‘travel day’, it’s never going to be a full day!