Best Day Trips from Montevideo

Best Day Trips from Montevideo

Best Day Trips from Montevideo

Montevideo, home to half the population of Uruguay, has plenty of activities to keep its tourists busy all day! Old streets, theatre, museums, lovely shops, beaches, adventure and everything else in this city is hard to beat. Set up to the south of equator, a trip to Montevideo is a deep dive in the Uruguayan culture and modernity at the same time.

This unmatched destination does not only have the best sites to see but also some of the best day trips to plan. Montevideo gives easy access to some amazing locations, with the best day trips from Montevideo being:

1. Nueva Helvecia

Founded by the Swiss immigrants and also known as Colonia Suiza, the town Nueva Helvecia looks like Switzerland in South America. A must visit for its beer, sausage and definitely the excellent cheese, Nieva Helvecia has its own beer festival with the locals partying and feasting in the traditional dresses. Being in this city is like traveling back in time: the old street lights, the main square, cobblestoned streets and nostalgic Swiss culture! It’s surely an overdose! The journey to Nueva is 2 hours away from the capital and you can take the bus or drive yourself, or maybe just sit back in a taxi. To save time, go for a taxi or a self-driven rental. And if have a budget constraint, then bus is the best option.

2. Sierra De Las Animas

Beware! You are in the privately owned land, home to Uruguay's second tallest mountain, Cerro De La Animas. The park here is not well known among tourists, thus, unspoiled and the trails and pools here make the destination ideal for a day trip. The best things to do here are hiking, biking or taking a stroll in nature. Due to rocky and forestry terrain, you can easily spot varieties of trees and animals sheltered by the mountain. This 2 hours 15 minutes away destination from Montevideo gives an exciting experience to your journey. You can go for a bus or a taxi as per your budget and time requirements.

3. Colonia Del Sacramento

This UNESCO heritage site is filled with charm from its historic city center to the riverside bars. Founded by Portuguese, Colonia still contains its prints in the architecture of the colonial buildings and cobblestoned streets, and seems untouched by time. The view of Colonia makes it worthy of seeing it from top of its 19th-century lighthouse. And also, as it is claimed, the oldest church of Uruguay lies here in Colonia- Iglesia Matriz. While in town, don't forget to walk through the street of Barrio Historico to explore the mix of tradition, cafes and museum. The town is 2 hours away from Montevideo and bus services are available to reach the destination. Also, the services of the ferry are available as per the budget.

4. Visit the vineyard

So, you are in the soon-going-to-become-wine-destination-country, Uruguay. There are plenty of wineries in the vicinity of Montevideo, so plan to visit one or two for sure. These small families- owned boutique wineries will soon be highlighted among the international brands due to their fine texture and taste! One among the best is Bodega Bouza, 20 minutes drive from Montevideo towards the southwest. The place offers you the exotic lunch and breakfast along with some breathe melting wines. Another wine heaven is just 45 minutes drive from Montevideo towards north, Juanico. This winery is part of wine road where you can walk through many wineries for tasting and touring. The hand-picked grapes of these boutique wineries make them a must-see destination while in Montevideo.

4. Visit the vineyard

So, you are in the soon-going-to-become-wine-destination-country, Uruguay. There are plenty of wineries in the vicinity of Montevideo, so plan to visit one or two for sure. These small families- owned boutique wineries will soon be highlighted among the international brands due to their fine texture and taste! One among the best is Bodega Bouza, 20 minutes drive from Montevideo towards the southwest. The place offers you the exotic lunch and breakfast along with some breathe melting wines. Another wine heaven is just 45 minutes drive from Montevideo towards north, Juanico. This winery is part of wine road where you can walk through many wineries for tasting and touring. The hand-picked grapes of these boutique wineries make them a must-see destination while in Montevideo.

5. Punta Del Este

Luxurious accommodation, yacht clubs, surreal beaches, surfing and colorful nightclubs make this resort town a perfect day tour from Montevideo. The place also homes a very huge sand sculpture, La Mana De Punta Del Este, which is in the shape of a human hand. The town also has two of its best places for high-end shopaholics – La Gorlero and Artigas. But if you don't enjoy the things of famous, then try some adventure and go to Playa Mansa for parasailing, jet skiing and water skiing. Irrespective of whatever you do, don't miss to see the largest colony of sea lions in Isla De Lobas. The destination is 2 hours away from Montevideo. Cars are easily available for rentals, as are bus services.

When planning a trip to Montevideo, have ample amount of time to check out all the amazing day tours!

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