From Argentina to Uruguay, discover the banks of the Rio de la Plata

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From one bank of the Rio de La Plata to the other, an 11-day tour to discover these two neighbouring countries!

Visit the Argentinean capital, its districts full of history, its cafés and restaurants opened at all hours, discover the calm waters of the Rio Parana in the unique environment of the Delta de Tigre and immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of the gauchos in the heart of a typical estancia of the Argentinean Pampa.

In Uruguay, you will discover the charming historical city of Colonia del Sacramento, and the famous seaside resort Punta del Este, without forgetting the capital Montevideo. Last but not least, the ecological reserve of Cabo Polonio, a small hamlet with white houses located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, a real little paradise!

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11 days

From : €1,910*


I am Elsa, travel designer at Terra Argentina. In 2019, I had the chance to discover Uruguay during a profesional trip. This country, affectionately known as "Argentina's little brother", has huge and beautiful beaches and an excellent gastronomy, without forgetting of course all its wine culture! Uruguay is a country where life feels good, it's hard not to fall in love! It is a real pleasure for me to share with you my passion and my enthusiasm for this beautiful country! 

Day 1: Welcome to Argentina - City Tour Buenos Aires

Day 2: Buenos Aires - Free day

Day 3: Buenos Aires - Tigre - Buenos Aires

Day 4: Buenos Aires - Rio de la Plata crossing - Colonia del Sacramento

Day 5: Colonia del Sacramento - Montevideo

Day 6: Montevideo - Punta del Este

Day 7: Punta del Este - Cabo Polonio

Day 8: Cabo Polonio - Montevideo - Buenos Aires

Day 9: San Antonio de Areco - Estancia's activities

Day 10: Estancia Ombu de Areco - Buenos Aires

Day 11: Buenos Aires - International Aiport Ezeiza

Day 1 : Welcome to Argentina - City Tour Buenos Aires

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Welcoming and private transfer from Buenos Aires International Airport (EZE) to your hotel. Transfer with an English-speaking guide.

Visit Buenos Aires (half day, walking tour).

The variety of Buenos Aires satisfies the most demanding visitor.

First you visit the 9 de Julio Avenue dominated by the Obelisk, a symbol of the capital. You will pass the Colon Theatre, one of the jewels of the Argentine architecture. Then you arrive to the famous Plaza de Mayo, surrounding by the Casa Rosada, the Cabildo and the Cathedral.

You continue through the neighborhood of San Telmo, one of the oldest in the capital: many antique dealers, a covered market and antique cafes ...

You end your visit with the picturesque and famous neighborhood of La Boca, with its tipical and colored houses. Envoy your time at El Caminito, the spot for painters and tango dancers.

An English-speaking guide will accompagny you during the visit.


Night at the Selina in standard room.

Day 2 : Buenos Aires - Free day

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Free day in Buenos Aires, some suggestions

Get to know the Recoleta neighbourhood, with its many colonial houses are property of rich Argentinean families.

The luxury mall "Pacifico" is a must-see for its French architecture, with its superb roofs and luxury shops.

Then you can visit the Recoleta cemetery, where you can find the grave of many celebrities, politicians and writers. The most famous is the grave of Evita Peron.


Night at the Selina in standard room.

Day 3 : Buenos Aires - Tigre - Buenos Aires

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This morning, you visit Tigre, a small town of the beginning of the 19th century, 32km from the capital. Every weekend, the porteños (inhabitants of Buenos Aires) like to go there to relax and spend a few days with their families.

You visit the market with its colorful stalls. At the port, you can board a boat that will take you through the canals and inhabited islands of the delta. You sail on the calm waters of the Parana Delta in an environment like no other.

Navigation through the Tigre's Delta, plus the port tax.

An English speaking guide will accompany you during the tour.


Night at the Selina in standard room.

Day 4 : Buenos Aires - Rio de la Plata crossing - Colonia del Sacramento

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Transfer from your hotel to the Port (Puerto Madero) in a private vehicle.

In the early morning, cross the la Plata River in a ferry to disembark in the charming town of Colonia de Sacramento.

At the port, take your rental bikes and ride through the historical centre of this fascinating town which was declared World Heritage site in 1995. Discover the famous « Calle de los Suspiros » (whispers' street), visit the Church of San Sacramento, San Pedro Bastion, and the lighthouse from which you can admire the whole city. From the port, you can also reach the costanera (coastline path).

A English-speaking guide will accompany you for a 2h30 guided tour. Bikes will be available until the end of the day


Night at the Posada Don Antonio in standard room

Day 5 : Colonia del Sacramento - Montevideo

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Rental car category Hyundai I 10 or similar at disposition. Unlimited km

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Located 30 minutes from the center of the capital, you can visit the Bouza winery, famous for its exceptional museum of vintage cars. You will have the opportunity to taste the different wines of the property but also to enjoy a gourmet lunch This is one of the most prestigious wineries in Uruguay, awarded with more than 75 international prizes and medals.

(Visit not included in the price)

You will drive to Montevideo. The capital of Uruguay is a port city with a great cultural wealth. Ideal for lovers of colonial architecture, it has many museums, theaters and churches for the more curious. Stroll through the Old City or enjoy the beautiful beaches to relax.


Night at the Own Montevideo hotel in Junior Suite room (STD).

Day 6 : Montevideo - Punta del Este


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Departure to Piriapolis, one of the most beautiful seaside resorts of Uruguay. This city is known for its famous "Rambla Costanera" which reminds us of the Mediterranean seaside promenades.

You continue towards Punta Del Este to arrive at the unmissable "Casa Pueblo", a house sculpted by the artist Carlos Páez Vilaro's own hands (entrance fees not included).

You will then discover the most emblematic places of Punta Del Este: its marina, its historic district, the church of Nuestra Dama de Candelaria and finally its lighthouse. You will also be able to observe the "Punta de Salinas" where the separation line between the Rio de la Plata and the Atlantic Ocean is located. You will continue until the monument "Los Dedos", intriguing sculpture. You will cross the very original undulating bridge "Leonel Vieira" to reach the Barra de Maldonado.


Night at Castilla hotel in a standard room.

Day 7 : Punta del Este - Cabo Polonio

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This morning, you are heading towards Cabo Polonio

Cabo Polonio is an ecological reserve located on the Atlantic coast. This peninsula is protected because of its priority ecosystem and is one of the largest reserves of sea lions. The access to this small corner of paradise is possible thanks to a all-terrain vehicle specially designed to be able to circulate in the middle of the dunes and forests.

In addition to its natural wealth, you can appreciate its lighthouse and its typical houses. A charming environment in the heart of nature!


Night at the posada La Perla de Cabo in standard room.

Day 8 : Cabo Polonio - Montevideo - Buenos Aires


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Back to the capital Montevideo. You drive along the Atlantic Ocean all the way. Drop off your vehicle at the port of Montevideo.

Ferryboat from Montevideo to Buenos Aires. About 3 hours navigating de la Plata River.

Welcoming at the Port and transfer to the hotel in a private vehicle.


Night at the Selina in standard room.

Day 9 : San Antonio de Areco - Estancia's activities

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You reach the estancia El Ombu de Areco, located in the village of San Antonio de Areco. This small peaceful town is the heart of the gaucho culture in the Pampa.

Once you arrive at the estancia, a new world streches before your eyes. In this immense property, the land is largely dedicated to cattle farming. Among the different activities offered, you can choose a walk in the shade of the hundred-year-old trees of the property, ride one of the many horses of the stable to accompany the gauchos, or enjoy a ride in a horse-drawn carriage.


Night at the Estancia Ombu de Areco in a standard room with full board.

Day 10 : Estancia Ombu de Areco - Buenos Aires


Breakfast and morning at the Estancia. Enjoy the activities available at the estancia: swim in the outdoors pool, walk, ride in the park...

Return private transfer to Buenos Aires included.

Night at the Selina in standard room.

Day 11 : Buenos Aires - International Aiport Ezeiza

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Private transfer from your hotel to Ezeiza International Airport.

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