19 days in Paraguay & Uruguay Itinerary

19 days in Paraguay & Uruguay Itinerary

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Asuncion, Paraguay
— 3 nights
Taxi to Ypacaraí, Bus to Ciudad Del Este
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Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Encarnacion, Paraguay
— 2 nights
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Drive to Posadas, Fly to El Palomar, Taxi to Puerto Madero, Bus to Colonia del Sacramento
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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 5 nights
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Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 4 nights
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Asuncion, Paraguay

— 3 nights

Mother of Cities

Paraguay's capital and economic center, Asuncion ranks among the youngest cities on the continent, with more than half of its residents under 30 years of age.
Explore Asuncion's surroundings by going to Lago Ypacarai (in San Bernardino) and Eco Reserva Mbatovi (in Paraguari). There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Casa de la Independencia, pause for some photo ops at The National Pantheon of Heroes and Oratory of the Virgin Our Lady Saint Mary of the Asuncion, make a trip to Costanera de Asuncion, and get outside with Parque Nu Guasu.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Asuncion holiday planner.

Santiago, Chile to Asuncion is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December in Asuncion, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ciudad Del Este.

Things to do in Asuncion

Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay

— 2 nights

Supermarket of South America

The commercial center of eastern Paraguay, busy Ciudad Del Este serves primarily as a shopping destination for Argentines and Brazilians.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): make a trip to PRESA DE ITAIPU and then get outside with Refugio Tati Yupi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Shopping Del Este Paraguay and then stroll through Saltos del Monday.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ciudad Del Este road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Asuncion to Ciudad Del Este takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Asuncion to Ciudad Del Este is 1 hour. December in Ciudad Del Este sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Encarnacion.

Things to do in Ciudad Del Este

Shopping · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

Encarnacion, Paraguay

— 2 nights

Pearl of the South

Encarnacion offers a good selection of cultural and natural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate the long history of La Santisima Trinidad De Parana and then get to know the fascinating history of Costanera de la Ciudad de Encarnacion Paraguay. Keep things going the next day: stroll through San Jose Beach and then delve into the distant past at Ruinas de Jesús.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Encarnacion trip builder app.

Drive from Ciudad Del Este to Encarnacion in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Paraguay Standard Time (PYT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In January, daily temperatures in Encarnacion can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Encarnacion

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

— 2 nights
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
On the 5th (Wed), snap pictures at Puerta de la Ciudadela, don't miss a visit to La Calle de los Suspiros, enjoy the sea views from Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, then wander the streets of Barrio Historico, and finally go for a walk through Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a leisurely stroll along Paseo de San Gabriel, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Portugues, and then make a trip to Galeria de los Suspiros.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Colonia del Sacramento trip itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of car, flight, taxi, and bus from Encarnacion to Colonia del Sacramento in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, bus, and ferry; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Encarnacion to Colonia del Sacramento. While traveling from Encarnacion, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Colonia del Sacramento, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Montevideo.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Montevideo, Uruguay

— 5 nights
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Montevideo is known for shopping, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, take a stroll through Pocitos, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Montevideo, and stroll around Parque Rodo.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Montevideo trip itinerary app.

Getting from Colonia del Sacramento to Montevideo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Montevideo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks · Museums
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Punta del Este, Uruguay

— 4 nights

Monaco of South America

With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
When in Punta del Este, make a side trip to see Playa Punta Ballena in Punta Ballena, approximately Punta Ballena away. And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, don't miss a visit to The Fingers of Punta del Este, stroll through Playa Solanas, and examine the collection at Museo Del Mar.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Punta del Este vacation maker app.

You can drive from Montevideo to Punta del Este in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:

Paraguay travel guide

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Shopping Malls · Landmarks · Gift & Specialty Shops
Heart of South America
Divided in half by its eponymous river, Paraguay is a land of contrasts, especially between its lush eastern region where most of the population lives and the arid west, filled with rustic villages and old Jesuit colonies. Although under Spanish rule for three centuries and with a recent history of dictatorships and wars, Paraguay retained its native Guarani culture, with more than 80 percent of population of indigenous heritage. You'll find plenty of things to do in Paraguay, from touring cosmopolitan cities and quaint Jesuit colonies, to browsing affordable arts and crafts stores and sailing on rivers that crisscross the diverse natural landscape that makes up this landlocked nation.

Uruguay travel guide

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Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings
Switzerland of South America
One of the smallest countries in South America, tourist-friendly Uruguay is often called the "Switzerland of South America" because of its consistent economic development and progressive society. Open-minded Montevideo serves as the starting point of most Uruguay vacations, offering visitors an eclectic cultural scene and a chance to discover some of South America's major architectural treasures. Away from the cosmopolitan capital city, vacations in Uruguay involve exploring wildlife-rich areas along the Atlantic and touring the rustic interior on horseback, gaucho style. In this sports-loving country, the highlight of your Uruguay trip might just be a soccer match between Penarol and Nacional, the country's two major clubs.