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Welcome to my ideal 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! Like all my 2-week itineraries, it’ll be a bit of a whirlwind if you’re used to the 14-day all-inclusive-hotel-style holidays, so take out one of the destinations in this 2 weeks Uruguay itinerary if you want to take a bit more time at each stop.
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 not going to actually be a full day!
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. I’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 $80-200 a night on this type of Uruguayan experience, consider swapping the nights in a ranch for more time along the coast; check out La Paloma for an exciting vibe.
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Days 1-2: Montevideo
Naturally, I’ll start off your 2 weeks Uruguay itinerary with some exploration of the capital, since this is where most people will be flying into.
Use your first two days to get your bearings with the country’s culture and history by taking a walking tour of the old town (or doing it by bike!), learning all about the Palacio Salvo and visiting the Gaucho Museum. Walking the promenade is a lovely way to see different parts of the city, and an evening at one of the tango dinner shows is a cultural experience to remember.
Days 3-6: Punta del Diablo
Get an early morning bus to Punta del Diablo from the Montevideo Bus Terminal; this will take 5 hours.
Once you’ve arrived, it’s time to chill on the beaches and hike the hills. The countryside around here is actually gorgeous and a lot of the natural beauty is protected.
I highly recommend taking a horse ride through the Santa Teresa national park, ending with a gallop down Playa Grande.
Days 7-9: Cabo Polonio
It’s another early start to get from Punta del Diablo to Cabo Polonio (a fair few of them in this 2 weeks Uruguay itinerary, I’m afraid!). You’ll need to change the bus at Castillo and get a 4×4 across the beach to this off-grid town, more information here.