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Wildlife of Uruguay: Santa Teresa, Rocha + Colonia

Wildlife of Uruguay: Santa Teresa + Rocha + Colonia
WRC12M
11 NIGHTS
FROM £2,595
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Uruguay Wildlife Holidays Santa Teresa Rocha Polonio Colonia Carmelo

Our tailormade Uruguay wildlife holidays explore the flora & fauna of this beautiful country. From Montevideo, we travel to Santa Teresa Nature Reserve on the Atlantic coast to see green sea turtles, the sea lion colony at Cabo Polonio & the birdlife at Rocha Lagoon. We then head Jose Ignatio & the charming colonial city of Colonia del Sacramento. All transfers & specified sightseeing included.

Uruguay Wildlife Holidays Santa Teresa Rocha Polonio Colonia Carmelo
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Montevideo
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La Paloma
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Santa Teresa, Sea Turtles
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Rocha Lagoon, Birdlife
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Cabo Polonio, Sea Lions
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Jose Iganatio
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Beaches
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Colonia del Sacramento
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Old City
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Uruguay Wildlife Holidays
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Montevideo
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La Paloma
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Santa Teresa, Sea Turtles
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Rocha Lagoon, Birdlife
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Cabo Polonio, Sea Lions
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Jose Iganatio
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Beaches
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Colonia del Sacramento
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Old City
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Uruguay Wildlife Holidays
Day 1
You will be met at Montevideo Airport and transferred to your hotel in this capital city of Uruguay.
 
Check in and relax in this vibrant and culturally rich city, situated on Montevideo Bay and home to nearly half of Uruguay's population.
Day 2
Today enjoy a half day private tour of Montevideo with its many monuments, parks and scenic waterfront.
 
At the heart of the city is the Plaza Independencia, which separates the city's Downtown ('Centro') from the Old Town ('Ciudad Vieja') with its fascinating colonial and art deco buildings, the towering Palacio Salvo landmark and the neo-classical Solís Theatre. Other buildings of interest include the Catholic Cathedral, Constitution Square, Government House and the Town Hall.
 
Avenue 18 de Julio, the main commercial street, is lined with shops, cafes and commercial buildings.You will also see the impressive Plaza del Entrevero (the Parliament), built using 52 different colours of marble and 12 types of wood. The arts, music and theatre scene is very much alive in this city – from elegant older theatres and cozy tango bars to modern beachfront discos.
 
We continue driving through the Prada residential neighbourhood, one of the oldest in the city and home to a famous sculpture, La Diligencia (The Stage Coach) as well as a monument to the last of the Charrua Indians and a Rose Garden. We pass the Obelisk and La Carreta (Covered Wagon) monuments as we continue to Ordonez Park in the Batlle district. We also stop at the Plaza Virgilio monument to fallen naval soldiers, from where there are excellent views over the city. At the end of our tour, we return along the coastal road with its lovely beaches.
Day 3
This morning transfer 2.5-hours from Montevideo to the seaside town of La Paloma on the east coast.
 
Check into your hotel in this small town with its white lighthouse, traditional fishermen’s cottages and some of the best surfing beaches in Uruguay.
 
Note: Your driver will only speak Spanish.
Day 4
This morning enjoy a visit private to Rocha Lagoon, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and a RAMSAR birding site of international significance, with boxed picnic lunch.
 
This shallow brackish lagoon is separated from the salty waters of the Atlantic Ocean by a sandbar that is periodically breached by storms and tidal action, creating a complex system that is high in biodiversity.
 
Comprising over 27 square miles (72 sq km) of wetlands rich in fish, crab, shrimp and molluscs, this lagoon is an important habitat for 24 species of shorebirds and over 200 species of breeding and migratory birds, including the endemic coscoroba swan, black neck swan and threatened species such as Chilean flamingo, Olrog´s gull and black-and-white monjita. It is a particularly important habitat for the buff-breasted sandpiper and American golden plover.
Day 5
This morning you will be transferred 1-hour to the small town of Cabo Polonio for a shared excursion, travelling across the beach and sand dunes in a 4x4 truck. Without any road access and completely isolated by the sand dunes, this hamlet has a special charm.
 
On this peninsula you will find one of the largest Sea Lion colonies in all of South America. After visiting the sea lion reserve, you can visit the lighthouse and enjoy an included lunch at a local seaside restaurant, before returning to La Paloma.
 
Note: Your driver will only speak Spanish.
Day 6
This morning transfer 2-hours from La Paloma to the resort town of Jose Ignacio, driving through vineyards, olive trees, hills, lakes and streams.
 
Jose Ignacio was formerly a sleepy fishing village that today attracts the rich and famous to spectacular Brava Beach. Check into your hotel and explore the endless beaches of this scenic coastline, with its iconic lighthouse.
 
Note: Your driver will only speak Spanish.
Day 7
At leisure to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Jose Ignacio.
Day 8
Today leave Montevideo and transfer 3-hours to the charming colonial city of Colonia del Sacramento.
 
Colonia is a picturesque town that was formerly a Portuguese colony and is today a UNESCO World Heritage site.
 
Note: Your driver will only speak Spanish.
Day 9
Today transfer 4.5-hours from Jose Ignacio, travelling through beautiful countryside to Colonia del Sacramento.
 
Check into your hotel in this picturesque town that was formerly a Portuguese colony and is today a UNESCO World Heritage site.
 
Note: Your driver will only speak Spanish.
Day 10
This morning enjoy a 2.5-hour tour of historic Colonia del Sacramento, situated on a small peninsula that juts out into the river.
 
We start with a visit to the Real de San Carlos area, stopping at the San Benito Chapel and the Mihanovich Complex that dates back to 1910 and includes a 10,000 seater Bullring, a 3,000 seater Fronton (court for playing the Basque sport of jai alai), a casino hotel and a racecourse. We continue driving through various residential areas and along the river's west coast beaches to the Downtown shopping area. From here we enter the historic Old Town on foot and explore its narrow cobbled streets. Also view the Portón de Campo - the reconstructed 1745 city gate which contains remnants of the old city walls.
 
The balance of the day is free for you to explore this historic city independently.
Day 11
At leisure to independently explore the historic city of Colonia del Sacramento.
Day 12
Transfer 3-hours to Montevideo Airport for your flight home.
 
Note: Your driver will only speak Spanish.

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