This week-long itinerary includes some of our favorite child-friendly activities that will make family holidays as much fun for the parents as they are for the children. Children of all ages will learn while having fun, discover nature and culture while sharing with the locals. Biking, horse riding, cooking, surfing, canoeing, painting and tasting new flavors are just some of the experiences you can choose from. As a very family-friendly destination, we have prepared this itinerary in order to keep the young members of the family entertained and engaged whilst making it a great trip for the whole family!

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Itinerary at a glance

Day 1 – Colonia del Sacramento
Day 2 – Montevideo – Highlights and Leather Workshop
Day 3 – Winery & Estancia Guardia del Monte
Day 4 – An Authentic Estancia
Day 5 – Horseback riding from Valizas to Cabo Polonio - Sand Dunes & Sea Lions
Day 6 – Jose Ignacio - Lagoons & Biking
Day 7 – Jose Ignacio – Anastasio Lagoon & Town of Garzon
Day 8 – Jose Ignacio – Departure


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Full Itinerary

Arrival to Colonia Del Sacramento and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a bike tour along the cobbled streets of the old town of Colonia and the riverside boulevard to “Real de San Carlos”. Visit the “Plaza de Toros” (bullring) and the old train wagons and have fun at “Tunel del Ayer”, where the whole family can dress up in historic clothes for a remembrance picture. After lunch (not included), enjoy a half day fishing experience at the marina of the “Bastion” Sculptor Park next to the sailing boats and yachts. A local guide will assist you and provide all the necessary equipment to spend a lovely afternoon fishing and learning not only fishing techniques but also to respect and care for nature.

Accommodations: Plaza Mayor hotel

Morning transfer to Montevideo and visit to the vibrant Port Market where you will enjoy lunch at one of the many typical “parrillas”. Take a walking tour of the Ciudad Vieja (the colonial historic neighborhood) and visit the atelier of a local leather artist whose work has been recognized by the UNESCO with the Award of Excellence for Handicrafts. Learn about the art of working with leather and participate in the creation of an emblematic Gaucho sculpture. With the guidance of Alberto Gutierrez, feel the leather in your hands and witness the birth of a new creation.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodations: Sofitel Hotel

Today, leave the city behind and join us in a special day at a traditional ranch and winery. Manuel Filgueira, enologist, wine lover and owner of “Los Nadies” boutique winery will receive you with all his family and open the doors of his winery and home. The visit starts with a horse riding tour of the vineyards, followed by a tasting and typical family lunch. Manuel will cook for you and show you the secrets of his wine. Afternoon private transfer to Estancia Guardia del Monte, where you will enjoy dinner and a good night- sleep at the Estancia.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodations: Estancia Guardia del Monte

We wake up in Guardia Del Monte, a traditional estancia with outstanding landscapes and important ecosystems containing a great variety of birds and native trees. We will enjoy some quality birdwatching along the large area of marshlands and wetlands both of which are teeming with bird life (more than 400 species in this area), otters, coypus and capybaras. We will be able to spot the graceful black-necked swan (largest populations in the world found here), the rare white goose, the pink flamingo (a species of flamingo with very bright pink pigment and quite common in Uruguay) and many ducks and other birds such as the largest bird in South America – the ‘ostrich-like’ ñandú (American rhea).

After a typical asado lunch we will enjoy some horseback riding to explore the estancia surroundings. Dinner and accommodation at Guardia del Monte (Please note that depending on the season, we might stay at Guardia del Monte or Charabon Estancia and the available activities will be adapted to the area).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodations: Guardia del Monte/Charabon Estancia

After breakfast, transfer to small village Barra de Valizas, where a local guide will meet us to start an unforgettable tour to Cabo Polonio Village. After a short walk around the town, we will start the horseback riding along the coastline that will take us towards the incredible shifting sand dunes. We will hike up the Buena Vista Hill from where a fantastic view of the ocean can be appreciated and continue down towards Cabo Polonio (4 hours trek). After a delicious seafood lunch at a local seaside restaurant, we will visit the lighthouse and sea lions reserve. In the afternoon, join us in a 4×4 drive towards the main entrance of Cabo Polonio. Transfer to your hotel where you will enjoy dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodations: Zen Hotel Boutique

This tour will take you along the coast and you will explore the nature surrounding Rocha and its lagoon. A canoe adventure that will take you across this beautiful lagoon full of birds, local wildlife and native vegetation. There is also a biking adventure in store for you. Once you cross the lagoon, bikes will be waiting for you to ride to the village of La Paloma with its beautiful lighthouse.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.
Accommodations: Posada del Faro

Morning transfer to the region of Garzon known as the “Uruguayan Tuscany”, a landscape full of olive trees and vineyards where we will visit Colinas de Garzon Extra Virgin Olive Oil Production Plant. Enjoy a tractor tour along the olive plantations, visit the production plant and finalize the tour with a wine and olive oil tasting, while children enjoy a bottle painting activity. After the tour, visit the town and participate on a typical “asado” lunch at the Old Train Station.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Posada del Faro

After breakfast, transfer to Montevideo. On your way, you will have some free time to explore Punta del Este and at the end of the visit, you will be transferred to the airport.

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Currently, proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test is required to enter Uruguay. Given the fluidity of the situation, updated entry requirements will be provided 30 days prior to travel.

All travelers entering Uruguay will need a passport, valid for at least 6 months after they depart the country. Citizens from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and most Western European countries do not need a visa for tourist stays up to 3 months. Check with your nearest Uruguay Consulate to determine entry requirements.

The best time to visit Uruguay is October through March with sunny days and mild temperatures. Weather is great through the year. Average temperatures are 62°F (17°C) in spring, 73°F (23°C) in summer, 64°F (18°C) in autumn, and 53°F (12°C) in winter.

Bear in mind that the period between Christmas and New Year is also a very busy time of year and you should expect to pay more for hotels and other services due to high demand. 

Yes. We provide a tailored experience to all our clients to best fit their needs and routine. We also allow for some parent’s “me time” too. That way everyone can have an enjoyable holiday. If you need a car seat, stroller and/or crib, let us know in advance and we will take care of all baby gear you may need.

As a very family-friendly destination, we have prepared this itinerary in Uruguay in order to keep the young members of the family entertained and engaged whilst making it a great trip for the whole family! Children of all ages will learn while having fun, discover nature and new cultures while sharing activities with local people. Biking, horse riding, bird watching, cooking, surfing, canoeing, painting and tasting new flavors are just some of the experiences you can choose from.

The price of the trip includes meals, accommodations, and tours as indicated in the itinerary; services of the Ideas expert and local guides; ground transportation; all airport transfers; baggage handling and electronic pre-trip materials. Included meals are noted at the end of each day on our itineraries.

After you sign up for a trip with us, you will receive several pre-trip mailings with specific information about your destination and journey. Besides, you will be able to download our app and have your own password. You will have access to your itinerary, real-time flight alerts and relevant information to help you prepare for your trip.

Included meals are mentioned in the itinerary. In major cities where there is a wide variety of restaurants, we usually do not include meals, to allow our travelers the flexibility of choosing their own food preferences. Special diets should be requested on the Ideas South America booking form.

Tour rates do not include international flights. We find that it is usually less expensive for travelers to book these separately, and this also allows you the flexibility to choose the schedule and routing that is most convenient for you. Alternatively, we can help you arrange these flights.

If you are planning to travel during high season (mid-December through end of February) we recommend to book your trip 12-15 months in advance. Most people book their December vacations a year in advance, and so should you. If you are planning to travel during mid-season you can start booking 8-6 months in advance.

Yes. We publish special offers periodically throughout the year. Check out our Offers page for the latest offers and on-going discounts. Or contact us and our travel expert will tell you which are the best discounts available at the time you contact us. 

English is spoken and understood by most individuals in the service industry. Montevideo and Punta del Este are probably the best places to find English speakers, especially in hotels, shops and restaurants. Elsewhere, expect English speakers to be quite rare, even in the more built up areas. English is not prevalent enough there for you to expect to get by with banking, shopping, repairs, renting without knowing some Spanish. Uruguay is a Spanish speaking country. Our English-speaking local guides speak fluent English so you’ll have a worry-free trip.