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Explore Uruguay tour

Explore Uruguay

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Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
5 days
From: $ 960 $ 192 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Colonia del Sacramento - Soak in the atmosphere by wandering the cobbled streets and beautifully preserved buildings of this sleepy town
  • Traditional estancia - Get to know Gaucho-country on a working ranch
  • Typical food - Watch the chefs slaving over 'asado' (typical barbecue), and taste the delicacies washed down with a local red wine, at Montevideo's Port Market

Short Description

The small but perfectly formed country of Uruguay is often forgotten, situated peacefully between the larger countries of Brazil and Argentina. This hidden gem is well worth a visit though, particularly as its laidback pace and sleepy atmosphere provides the perfect relaxing extension to a full-on trip to one of its more boisterous neighbours. Exploring the stunning UNESCO-protected centre of Colonia del Sacramento, enjoying the sensory delights of Montevideo's Port Market, and relaxing at a traditional estancia in Gaucho-country, this trip uncovers some of this small country's many contrasts.

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Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
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End City Buenos Aires

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Argentina Uruguay

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Ferry from Buenos Aires to Colonia del Sacramento

Description

Our trip starts early this morning with a pick-up from the Waldorf Hotel in Buenos Aires (Explore can arrange accommodation the night before if desired), and a journey to Buenos Aires' port for our 1.5 hour boat trip to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. It's important to mention that this extension trip will not be led by an Explore Leader. You will have expert local guides in each location, and transport (public buses and ferries) between locations will be unguided.

Originally founded by the Portuguese in 1680, the picture-perfect UNESCO heritage site of Colonia changed hands many times between Spanish and Portuguese rule due to its strategic position on the River Plate. Today the different architectural styles in the tiny old city are so well-preserved that a trip here feels like being transported back in time. We explore the city on foot with our local guide. It's very easy to get around in the centre and all of the most beautiful and interesting sites are within easy walking distance on the cobbled streets. After our walking tour we'll have some free time to explore - you could climb the lighthouse staircase for a 360 degree view of the city, visit one of the city's old museums or simply watch the world go by over a flask of traditional yerba mate, a bitter tea that is particular to Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. After this relaxing start to our Uruguayan adventure, we take a 2 hour public bus journey to our hotel in Uruguay's capital, Montevideo.

Included Meals : None

Day 2 - Explore Montevideo; public bus and private car to ranch

Description

Uruguay's capital city is a modern, eclectic hub, filled with life and culture from the historic buildings in the old centre to the bustling waterfront along the Rio de la Plata. We spend the morning discovering the city on foot and by bus, including visits to the Independence Square, the Cerro de Montevideo hill and the Gaucho Museum. Our last stop will be at the fantastic Port Market, a hubbub of craftsmen, coffee-shops and traditional clothes stalls. The key to this market is in its interior, where we will find Uruguay's most special export - meat. Despite Uruguay being overshadowed by Brazil and Argentina, their love of the asado (traditional barbecue) knows no bounds. You can smell the smoky flavours as you wander through the market, which is a complete maze of restaurants and food stalls. To really enjoy the atmosphere just grab a seat at one of the bars, order a glass of wine, take your pick of the various cuts of meat available, and enjoy watching the chefs at work as they manage to cook about 50 different things at the same time.

In the afternoon we take a public bus to Cerro Colorado town. Our guide in Montevideo will make sure that the bus driver also knows where you have to get off, and you will be picked up by a driver to continue the 30 minutes to our 'estancia' (a local term for ranch) by car.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 - Full day at the ranch; activities include horseback riding and biking

Description

Today we have a full day to enjoy the Uruguayan Pampas. At the ranch you have the chance to go horseback riding, hiking or biking around the property grounds, as well as 'zorra' riding on the back of a traditional horse-pulled tractor, or fishing. There is also a swimming pool at the hotel to relax in. The estancia provides everything on a full-board basis, so at lunch and dinner you'll have the opportunity to taste some traditional specialities, such as locro (corn), guisos and ensopados (warming stews) and the famous asado. There are also Mediterranean options as a change from the local food, as well as some delicious tarts and desserts. Activities at the ranch are flexible - you can do as much or as little as you like. The grounds are extensive, so you could spend your time exploring these on foot.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Public bus to Montevideo; return ferry to Buenos Aires

Description

After a morning at the ranch, we set off in the early afternoon back to Cerro Colorado, the small town from which we will take our return bus to Montevideo. On our arrival here we take a bus back to Colonia and our return ferry to Buenos Aires. This journey from Montevideo will take approximately 4 hours. We will arrive in the evening to Buenos Aires, where we could spend the night eating a classic steak in one of the many great restaurants of the city. Details of your return airport transfer will be given to you this evening by the hotel reception.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 5 - Trip ends in Buenos Aires

Description

Our trip ends this morning after breakfast.

Included Meals : Breakfast

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We have travelled all over the world with explore on their family adventure holidays. We have an only child and she benefited so much with instant friendships, and has some wonderful holiday memories. Explore has always been very helpful with the booking process, and we have found most of the tour leaders they use to be professional, committed, really good at their jobs.
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I have travelled with Explore on several occasions. Each experience has been positive and every trip extremely enjoyable. The itinerary’s are excellent ensuring a full and varied experience and the use of local guides is hugely beneficial.
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It's fantastic trip for me..just not very happy for accommodation. And the trip leader .If he can make more time with us.and make more interesting and funny when he was talking. It is should be good..other way he is good..
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Danijela, our tour guide, was wonderful. She shared plenty of facts about Croatia with us and managed all the arrangements really well. One of our group had a birthday while we were away and Danijela gave her a present and we celebrated. Transfers to and from the airport went well. Prior to going, the staff on the phones were really helpful with any questions.
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Optional Activities

Optional Excursions

Buenos Aires - Tango Show/Dinner US$ 120, without dinner US$ 70.

Accomodations

Accommodation Notes

During this trip we plan to stay at the San Pedro de Timote Estancia - this is always on request so occasionally there may be alternative accommodation. The historic building belonged to Jesuit priests from the early colonial period until 1767, at which point it passed into private hands. It has now been named a 'National Historic Monument', and staying in the estancia is a trip into the past. Expect rooms to be furnished in a no frills manner, and be prepared for plumbing standards to be somewhat erratic. A visit to this estancia promises a relaxing stay in Uruguay's interior, with outdoor activities on the working ranch followed by some delicious local food.

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Tour Features

It's important to note that this extension trip will not be led by an Explore Leader. You will have expert local guides in each location, and transport (public buses and ferries) between locations will be unguided.

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