Highlights of Active Uruguay

An active 8-day trip with biking, hiking, birdwatching and horseback riding across the plains of Uruguay for
8D/7N Starting at $2300.00 per person

Uruguay with its beautiful rolling plains and rich nature is the perfect location for your active holiday.

Estancia Guardia del Monte

Discover the highlights of the country combined with active elements: biking in Montevideo and Colonia, horseback riding at estancias and a sand dune trek in Rocha.

Lost World Adventures itineraries can be tailor-made according to your plans and preferences: budget, hotel selections, travel dates, optional excursions, length of trip, etc.

Day 1: Colonia del Sacramento 

Arrive Colonia Del Sacramento (by ferry from Buenos Aires) and transfer to Plaza Mayor Hotel (or similar) located in the Old Town of the City. Go for a bike tour along the cobbled streets of the old town of Colonia and the riverside boulevard to the Casa de los Limoneros, where you will enjoy some nice drinks in their beautiful garden. Afternoon ride back to Colonia, where you can discover its cobbled streets full of small bars, excellent restaurants, art and craft shops, museums and a yacht harbor. 

Overnight Plaza Mayor Hotel (or similar), breakfast included. 

Day 2: Montevideo

After a transfer by regular bus to Montevideo, enjoy lunch at the vibrant port market. Take a walking tour of the Ciudad Vieja (the colonial historic neighborhood) and visit different neighborhoods during a cycling tour along the riverside boulevard. Spend one night in the capital of Uruguay at the Hotel Don Boutique (or similar), breakfast included. Lunch included. 

Day 3: Winery and Estancia Guardia del Monte

Morning pick up for a short panoramic city tour of the rest of the city and a visit to a winery in the Montevideo region. Afterward, bus ride to Castillos, where you will be met and taken to Estancia Guardia del Monte, where you will enjoy the last hours of the day on the Castillos Lagoon. Dinner at the Estancia. All meals included today.  

Day 4: A Traditional Estancia

Wake up at 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 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's 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). All meals included today.   

Day 5: Trekking from Valizas to Cabo Polonio, Incredible Sand Dunes and sea Lions

After breakfast, transfer to small village of Barra de Valizas, where a local guide will meet us for an unforgettable tour to “Cabo Polonio” Village. After a short walk around the town, we will start the hike along the coastline that will take us to the incredible shifting sand dunes. We will hike up Buena Vista Hill from where a fantastic view of the ocean can be appreciated. Continue down to Cabo Polonio (4-hour hike). After a delicious seafood lunch at a local seaside restaurant, we will visit the lighthouse and sea lion reserve (one of the biggest in the world!). Afternoon 4x4 truck drive to the main entrance of Cabo Polonio where a private transfer will drive us back to the charming little Posada Valizas where you will enjoy dinner and spend the night. All meals included today. 

Day 6: Punta del Este

Take a regular bus from Valizas to Punta del Este where you will have time in the afternoon to discover the neighborhood of La Barra where your hotel is located. Enjoy an afternoon city tour of Punta del Este. We will visit the most important attractions: Juan Gorlero Avenue, the yacht port, the residential areas, the lively La Barra where we will cross the famous undulated bridge just before arriving to Brava Beach at Punta del Este. We will finish at the lovely Casapueblo, a strange and attractive construction designed by the renowned Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró where we will visit his museum.

Overnight at Hostal de la Barra (or similar), breakfast included - 2 nights. 

Day 7: Protected Reserve Laguna Garzon

Morning transfer to the José Ignacio area, where you will enjoy a full day of outdoor activities in the area of Laguna Garzon. In the morning you will be able to choose between the two activities -canoeing or stand-up paddleboarding. Around midday, you will return for a picnic lunch. Enjoy a ride along this incredible landscape of coastal lagoons, countryside and ocean. The day ends with a typical afternoon "merienda" including maté and typical biscuits or tarts. Transfer back to Hostal de la Barra. 

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta del Este bus station for the regular bus to Montevideo. A private transfer will take you from the bus station to either the port or the airport.

 

Price from $2,300.00 per person, based on double occupancy
Days 8
Nights 7
Includes:

Based on double occupancy for 2 travelers, reduced prices for parties of 3 or more.

"Very organized, good communication in advance."

The local staff greeted us on arrival and made sure that all of our needs were met. They allowed us our freedome yet were available when needed.

- Tom M

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