Uruguay is an ideal country for self-drive. Compact with good infrastructure and english widely spoken, ten days exploring the country at your own pace is a great way to discover the highlights. Stay on working estancias, discover the delights of the wine region and end your holiday at the effortlessly stylish Playa Vik.
- Discover the UNESCO town of Colonia
- Stay at wine lodge
- Experience an Olive Oil tasting
- Ride out with the Uruguayan gauchos
- Relax on the glamourous beaches of José Ignacio
On arrival to Montevideo you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a night before collecting your hire car and embarking on a self-drive journey through Uruguay.
Just two and half hours west of Montevideo, Colonia is a must see. A charming UNESCO town boasting Portuguese colonial heritage and the main port for passenger ferries shuttling commuters between Uruguay and Buenos Aires, Argentina. The historic centre is the one of the few places to view the colonial heritage of Uruguay with its colonial buildings, cobbled streets and city walls.
Driving north, stop in Carmelo. Carmelo is a delightful town accessed by the first swing bridge to be built in 1912. Historically, Carmelo was at the centre of mining, producing a highly sort after grey granite. These mines are now lakes used for water-sports and it is one of the key yachting centres in Uruguay. Moreover, the microclimate around Carmelo lends itself to a successful wine producing area. Stay at Finca Narbona wine lodge.
Located in the province of Paysandú is Estancia Santa Modesta. Staying on a working estancia is a great way to experience country life. Few traditions have changed since the 19th Century and livestock is still managed in the traditional way. The horse riding opportunities are out of this world. Mount a traditionally bred Uruguayan horse for endless riding along the ridges and rivers with the gauchos.
Uruguay has become one of the leading destinations for the exportation of Olive Oil. While it may not have the initial appeal of supping on fine wines, olive oil tastings can be great fun and quite enlightening. In the village of Garzón, experience an olive oil tasting. Usually served with some delicious bread and cheeses; swill, swish and sniff a number of oils with a variety of flavours from nutty, woody and peppery to buttery, peachy and fruity.
Continue your journey to the striking southeast coast and the resort of José Ignacio. Its golden beaches have shot to fame since A-list celebrities began frequenting their shores. Stay at the sought after Playa Vik hotel and dine amongst the dunes in world-class restaurants such as La Huella.
For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.