From the laid-back capital city of Montevideo to historic estancias (ranches), Uruguay is a destination that has much to offer. Whether you're only visiting for a week or you've got a bit more time to spare, check out our sample itineraries to guarantee that you make the most of your time there. These are feasible by bus or with a rental car.
Begin your trip in Montevideo © byvalet, Shutterstock
Begin your trip in Montevideo and take a stroll along the rambla – a waterfront boulevard.
Head east towards Cabo Polonio © Ksenia Ragozin, Shutterstock
Taste some Uruguayan wine at the Canelones wineries © Ana Raquel S. Hernandes
Next, head inland to Minas and back to Montevideo via the Canelones wineries, where you can sample some of the country's finest wines.
If you have time, add on an extension westward to Colonia.
From Montevideo go west to Colonia, Carmelo and Fray Bentos, where the former meat-packing plant has reopened as an industrial heritage museum.
The meat-packing plant at Fray Bentos is now an industrial heritage museum © Fernando Pangaré, Flickr
Follow the litoral north to Paysandú or Salto, then head east to Tacuarembó.
Tacuarembó is definitely worth visiting © Kobby Dagan, Shutterstock
From here either go south to Montevideo via the Canelones wineries, or via Minas to the beaches of eastern Uruguay and then back to Montevideo, maybe with a day trip to some wineries from there.
Three or more weeks
From Montevideo go west to Colonia, Carmelo and Fray Bentos.
Go west to Colonia © kastianz, Shutterstock
Then follow the litoral north to Paysandú or Salto, where you can stop off at the Termas del Daymán hot baths.
Stop off at Termas de Daymán whilst in Salto © Leonardo Correa, Wikimedia Commons
Head on to Artigas and Rivera, then south to Tacuarembó and then east to Melo and Treinta y Tres, then down to Rocha and the beaches of eastern Uruguay.
Relax on one of the beaches of eastern Uruguay such as Aguas Dulces in Rocha © Kseniya Ragozina, Dreamstime
Fianlly, head back to Montevideo, maybe with a day trip to some wineries from there.
Inspired to visit Uruguay? Check out our guide for more information.