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.
Colonia del Sacramento
Colonia del Sacramento is a quick ferry ride across river from Buenos Aires
The lighthouse in Colonia del Sacramento
A pretty windowsill in Colonia del Sacramento
I love the antique tiled street signs
We were lucky to be there at a time when the trees were in full bloom
Wandering the cobblestoned streets
We stayed at the incredible Carmelo Resort & Spa – totally worth the splurge
Wandering down to the beach
The perfect place to watch the sunset
The very instagrammable Almacen de la Capilla in Carmelo
Tasting wine in Carmelo
We had lunch at Narbona, a gorgeous little restaurant which has kept many relics as lovely decorations
The panaderia at Garbona
Mercado del Puerto
Chimichurri at a restaurant in the Mercado del Puerto (Photo courtesy of M. Trigwell)
A fruit vendor’s colourful offerings
The streets of Montevideo
Punta del Este and Jose Ignacio
The Hand in the Sand sculpture by Chilean artist Mario Irarrazabal stands as a warning of the rough waters
The incredible Casapueblos is a must-see when in Punta del Este
The view of Jose Ignacio from the lighthouse
Jose Ignacio Lighthouse
We reserved well in advance to get a table at Parador La Huella
Punta del Diablo and Cabo Polonio
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
Punta del Diablo
“Street art” in Punta del Diablo
An incredible sunset over Punta del Diablo
Cabo Polonio, an isolated area that you can only get to via giant trucks that cut across the sand dunes
And then we were back on the ferry, headed back to Buenos Aires.
View of Buenos Aires from the ferry
What’s your favourite picture of our Uruguay coast road trip?