This tour will introduce you to history & culture in Colonia Del Sacramento, wines and vineyards in Montevideo, the gaucho culture in the estancias, natural reserves, national parks and give you time relax at the beach… because they are all within a short distance of each other.
DAY 1: COLONIA
Arrival to “Colonia Del Sacramento” and transfer to Plaza Mayor Hotel located in the Old town of the City. Walking city tour along the cobbled streets of the old town of “Colonia Del Sacramento”; visit to the old buildings, old forts and Spanish and Portuguese Museums and the most important tourist spots of this Old Portuguese City form the XVII century that has been declared Patrimony of Mankind by the UNESCO.
Accommodation at Hotel Plaza Mayor
DAY 2: COLONIA – MONTEVIDEO
After breakfast, guests will be transported to the bus station to board regular bus to Montevideo. On arrival, private transfer to selected Hotel in Montevideo. Transfer to the lively Port Market to enjoy lunch at one of the typical “Parrillas”. Afternoon city tour of Montevideo.
Accommodation at selected hotel. B, L.
DAY 3: MONTEVIDEO – WINES & VINEYARDS – VALIZAS, PROVINCE OF ROCHA
During the morning, guests will enjoy a wine tour to the best vineyards of Montevideo with tasting included. After a delicious lunch at one of the vineyards, we will continue our trip to the small town of Valizas located in the Province of Rocha. This area has been declared Natural Animal Reserve since 1996. We will enjoy dinner and stay at a small charming posada in town (please note this accommodation may vary according to the season). Dinner and accommodation at Posada Valizas (or similar). B, L, D.
DAY 4: TREKKING FROM VALIZAS TO TO CABO POLONIO, INCREDIBLE SAND DUNES AND SEA LIONS
After breakfast, a local guide will meet us at the Posada to start an unforgettable tour to “Cabo Polonio” Village. After a short walk around the town, we will start the trekking along the coastline that will take us towards the incredible shifting sand dunes. We will trek up the “Buena Vista Hill” from where a fantastic view of the ocean can be appreciated, to continue down towards Cabo Polonio (4 hours trek). After a delicious seafood lunch at a local seaside restaurant, we will visit the light house and sea lions reserve (one of the biggest ones in the world!). Afternoon 4x4 truck drive towards the main entrance of Cabo Polonio where a private transfer will drive guests back to the Posada where we will enjoy dinner and spend the night.
(please note this accommodation may vary according to the season). B, L, D.
DAY 5: THE OMBU FOREST & PALM GROVES
After breakfast, we will visit the “Forest of Ombu”, a tree that curiously rarely grows in groups of more than 2 or 3 but in this area has extended into a big line of forest, possibly the only one in the world. Each tree has its own wonderful shape with thick, twisting roots spreading out over the ground, some of which are over 500 years and have a diameter of 2 meters (6 feet). After lunch, we will have the opportunity to visit the extensive “Palm Groves of Rocha”. Despite a number of stories, no one knows how the palm trees got here (some of which are more than 300 years old); they are not native but they give the landscape a very exotic look.
Dinner and accommodation at Estancia Guardia del Monte (Please note that depending on the season, we might stay at Guardia del Monte or Charabon Estancia and the mentioned activities will be adapted to each option). B, L, D.
DAY 6: A TRADITIONAL ESTANCIA
We wake up in Guardia Del Monte, a traditional estancia with outstanding landscape beauty and important ecosystems containing a great variety of birds and native scrublands. We will enjoy some quality bird watching 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 capybara. 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).
DAY 7: PUNTA DEL ESTE
After breakfast, drive towards the exclusive area of “Punta del Este” where we will visit the charming Jose Ignacio town with its rocky beaches and light house, drive across different small villages that follow one another along the coastline and visit the lively La Barra where we will cross the famous undulated bridge just before arriving to the Brava Beach of Punta del Este. We will visit the most important attractions: “Juan Gorlero Avenue”, the yacht's port, the residential areas and the lovely Casapueblo, a strange and attractive construction designed by the renowned Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró where we will visit his museum.After lunch, we will drive back to Montevideo.
Accommodation at selected hotel. B, L.
DAY 8: RETURN
After breakfast, transfer to Montevideo Airport.
RATES PER PERSON IN US$:
|Oct 01,2012 – Apr 30, 2013
| May 01 – Sep 30,2013
Note: The winter period has been calculated with accommodation at Charabon Estancia
1) rates for a minimum of 2 people travelling together.
2) During special dates and national holidays, special rates may apply without prior notice.
3) Quoted Rooms Category: Standard
4) Meals do not include beverage or tips
5) Ferry or air tickets not included, they will be quoted separately.
6) A beach extension can be added at the end either at Punta del Este or at one of the virgin beaches of Rocha