Uruguay coast road trip

Last year, over Christmas (yes, that’s how behind I am with my posts…), we got on a ferry and crossed the river from Buenos Aires to Uruguay. In the gorgeous town of Colonia del Sacramento, we hired a car and spent a week driving along the coast, stopping at little towns and beaches as we went.

Uruguay is a tiny country of 3.5 million people. Squeezed between Argentina and Brazil, it has a lovely long stretch of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean. It’s considered safe and has quite the progressive government.

It’s also a super easy place to travel in, and our week-long Uruguay coast road trip was incredibly relaxed.

Uruguay coast road trip

Colonia del Sacramento

 

Colonia del Sacramento is a quick ferry ride across river from Buenos Aires

Uruguay coast road trip

The lighthouse in Colonia del Sacramento

Uruguay coast road trip

A pretty windowsill in Colonia del Sacramento

Uruguay coast road trip

I love the antique tiled street signs

Uruguay coast road trip

We were lucky to be there at a time when the trees were in full bloom

Uruguay coast road trip

Wandering the cobblestoned streets

Carmelo

 

Uruguay coast road trip

We stayed at the incredible Carmelo Resort & Spa – totally worth the splurge

Uruguay coast road trip

Wandering down to the beach

Uruguay coast road trip

The perfect place to watch the sunset

Uruguay coast road trip

The very instagrammable Almacen de la Capilla in Carmelo

Uruguay coast road trip

Tasting wine in Carmelo

Uruguay coast road trip

We had lunch at Narbona, a gorgeous little restaurant which has kept many relics as lovely decorations

Uruguay coast road trip

The panaderia at Garbona

Montevideo

 

Uruguay coast road trip

Mercado del Puerto

Uruguay coast road trip

Chimichurri at a restaurant in the Mercado del Puerto (Photo courtesy of M. Trigwell)

Uruguay coast road trip

A fruit vendor’s colourful offerings

Uruguay coast road trip

The streets of Montevideo

Uruguay coast road trip

Plaza Independencia

Uruguay coast road trip

La Rambla

Punta del Este and Jose Ignacio

 

Uruguay coast road trip

The Hand in the Sand sculpture by Chilean artist Mario Irarrazabal stands as a warning of the rough waters

Uruguay coast road trip

The incredible Casapueblos is a must-see when in Punta del Este

Uruguay coast road trip

The view of Jose Ignacio from the lighthouse

Uruguay coast road trip

Jose Ignacio Lighthouse

Uruguay coast road trip

We reserved well in advance to get a table at Parador La Huella

Punta del Diablo and Cabo Polonio

 

Uruguay coast road trip

On our way from Punta del Este to Punta del Diablo, we stopped at the small town of Garzon to eat at Francis Mallmann’s restaurant. Verdict? It was good but VERY overpriced

Uruguay coast road trip

Punta del Diablo

Uruguay coast road trip

“Street art” in Punta del Diablo

Uruguay coast road trip

An incredible sunset over Punta del Diablo

Uruguay coast road trip

Cabo Polonio, an isolated area that you can only get to via giant trucks that cut across the sand dunes

Uruguay coast road trip

Cabo Polonio

And then we were back on the ferry, headed back to Buenos Aires.

 

Uruguay coast road trip

View of Buenos Aires from the ferry

What’s your favourite picture of our Uruguay coast road trip?

 

Uruguay coast road trip