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


Asuncion, Paraguay — 3 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Asuncion side-trips: Lago Ypacarai (in San Bernardino) and Eco Reserva Mbatovi (in Paraguari). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Casa de la Independencia, admire the masterpieces at Museo Etnografico Andres Barbero, ponder the world of politics at Palacio de López, and shop like a local with Shopping del Sol.

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Santiago, Chile to Asuncion is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. May in Asuncion sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ciudad Del Este.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Side Trips

Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay — 2 nights

The commercial center of eastern Paraguay, busy Ciudad Del Este serves primarily as a shopping destination for Argentines and Brazilians.
On the 19th (Thu), don't miss a visit to PRESA DE ITAIPU and then get outside with Refugio Tati Yupi. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Shopping Del Este Paraguay and then admire the sheer force of Saltos del Monday.

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Do a combination of taxi and bus from Asuncion to Ciudad Del Este in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Paraguay Standard Time (PYT) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Encarnacion.
Parks · Shopping · Nature · Outdoors
Side Trips

Encarnacion, Paraguay — 2 nights

Encarnacion offers a good selection of cultural and natural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with San Jose Beach and then explore the ancient world of Ruinas de Jesús.

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Getting from Ciudad Del Este to Encarnacion by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Ciudad Del Este to Encarnacion, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Colonia del Sacramento.
Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trip

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay — 2 nights

Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the views from Puerta de la Ciudadela, make a trip to La Calle de los Suspiros, visit a coastal fixture at Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, then wander the streets of Barrio Historico, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento. On your second day here, take a leisurely stroll along Paseo de San Gabriel, get engrossed in the history at Museo Portugues, and then don't miss a visit to Galeria de los Suspiros.

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Traveling by combination of car, flight, taxi, and bus from Encarnacion to Colonia del Sacramento takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Traveling from Encarnacion in May, expect Colonia del Sacramento to be little chillier, temps between 64°F and 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Montevideo.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

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 sightseeing, shopping, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Plaza Independencia, admire the striking features of Palacio Salvo, stop by Ciudad Vieja, and see the interesting displays at 1972 Museum.

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Traveling by car from Colonia del Sacramento to Montevideo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Montevideo can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Punta del Este.
Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Punta del Este, Uruguay — 4 nights

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. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, stroll through Playa Solanas, step off the mainland to explore Isla de Lobos, and awaken your taste buds at The Wine Experience.

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Drive from Montevideo to Punta del Este in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Montevideo in May since evenings lows in Punta del Este dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trip

Paraguay travel guide

Landmarks · Shopping Malls · 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

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.