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Self-drive Uruguay: Classic highlights

13 days from £3,000pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

Argentina / Uruguay

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Overview & Highlights

Self-drive in friendly Uruguay, a peaceful little country wedged between Brazil and Argentina. The well-paved, empty roads are a pleasure to drive and you stop off along its unspoilt coast and inland at welcoming ranches and wine lodges.

Uruguay, wedged between the behemoths of Brazil and Argentina, is a holiday destination offering a real sense of breathing space. It's the size of England but with a population of just 3.5 million, not much greater than that of Wales. The gently rolling countryside is dreamily bucolic -  the famous beef cattle graze nonchalantly accompanied by a multitude of birds, whose song at sunrise is as enchanting as the unspoilt little towns and increasingly chic range of hotels and restaurants.

Getting around is most satisfyingly achieved with the freedom of your own hire car. Our self-drive holiday explores the UNESCO jewel of Colonia, Carmelo’s vineyards, Montevideo’s art-deco streets, the little-visited interior of Uruguay and the beaches of José Ignacio. There’s about 850km of driving over nine days and you’ll have the support of pre-booked accommodation allowing you to explore at your leisure.

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  • An excellent holiday which met our wish to revisit some parts of Brazil and explore new areas; Pantanal was a real discovery and better for seeing wildlife than Manaus.

    PMR, Blandford Forum
    Sep 2013
  • Climbing Villarica Volcano on a beautiful sunny day. Reaching the summit to see incredible views over the Andes and Lake District, the skyline peppered with snowy cones of of the volcanos, then peering into the gently smoking crater to see lava bubbling beneath us. Totally awesome!!!

    AP, Norwich
    Nov 2018
  • Education about the history and current situation of the country.  Also enjoyed seeing many distinct parts of the country less visited by tourists such as Baracoa.

    GW, Crieff
    Feb 2020
  • The amazing scenery - every kilometre of the Carretera Austral, every turning, offers stunning views which never cease to surprise...I am impressed with the way it is possible to combine group tours with individual travel and with the flexibility available on the tours to meet individual needs. I find the whole booking experience from enquiry to final plans, very easy with great response from your office. The tour leaders are absolutely brilliant at what they do - I am in awe of their multiple skills!

    SC, Penryn
    Feb 2014
  • We have toured the USA, Europe and China before but the experience we had with JLA was the by far and away the best we've ever had!

    PD, Stockport
    Nov 2016
  • The Journey Latin America experience greatly enhanced my enjoyment and understanding of the culture and customs and Chile.

    JT, York
    Mar 2017
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