Uruguay Golden Riviera Bike Tour

  • Region: Latin America
  • Destination: Uruguay
  • Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Level: Two
  • Price From: $6495
  • Single Supplement: $1600


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Cycle along riverfront trails and through vineyards on our Uruguay Golden Riviera Bike Tour. Partake in a traditional mate tasting and explore the cobblestoned historic town of Colonia del Sacramento. You’ll never forget the breathtaking panoramic views from Estancia Vik or the flavor of fresh ceviche enjoyed by unspoiled Laguna Garzón. In Uruguay, it’s all about finding your rhythm: on the bike, in a Candombe percussion class, and while learning to dance the tango. Of course, no trip to Uruguay is complete without visiting the vineyards that produce the country’s famous Tannat wines.

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Tour by Day

Day One: Welcome to Uruguay!
Your guides will greet you at the port in Colonia, then it’s off to the Historic Quarter. Meet our local historian who leads us through the narrow cobblestoned streets and recounts how this World Heritage Site kept changing hands from crown to crown. We’ll make our way towards the Portón de Campo to enjoy a light lunch by the city’s gate and drawbridge before our first ride towards Anchorena Park. Take in panoramic views of the broad Uruguayan countryside and pedal along quiet country roads. This afternoon, transfer by van to the hotel and spend the rest of your day relaxing by the pool or exploring the beautiful grounds. Dinner is served at the hotel’s restaurant as the brilliant sun sets over the Río de la Plata.

Meals: Light Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Colonia del Sacramento, Carmelo
Accomplished: 20 miles / 31 km
Accommodation: Narbona Wine Lodge or Carmelo Resort & Spa

Day Two: Vineyards of Uruguay to Playa Cere
Today’s ride takes us through the quaint settlement of Punta Gorda and on to Narbona Wine Cellar, a favorite stop for tasting unique reds. Pedal on to Bodega Cordano, one of the oldest vineyards in Uruguay. We’re treated to a selection of their varietals and a tour of the property before we continue towards our friend Bernardo’s boutique winery, El Legado, for lunch. Sample the flavors of a typical Uruguayan asado, including various meats and savory dishes, then take off through the streets of Carmelo to Playa Sere. We’ll loop back to our hotel via an easy tree-lined road and rest up for an elegant evening. Tonight, transfer to Puerto Camacho for a private cruise on the Río de la Plata, sip sunset cocktails as we sail towards Punta Gorda, and dock at a secluded marina to enjoy an intimate dinner.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Carmelo, Punta Gorda
Accomplished: 30 miles / 45 km
Accommodation: Narbona Wine Lodge or Carmelo Resort & Spa

Day Three: Rio Plata to the Gold Coast
This morning our transfer brings us to the capital city of Montevideo. We’ll make our way through the historic Ciudad Vieja, the oldest part of the city, arriving at the vibrant Mercado del Puerto. Stop for a typical parrilla lunch at this waterfront market while taking in the energy, sights, and smells. After lunch, we set our sights on the Barrio Sur, a neighborhood known for hosting Carnival. Meet Lobo Nuñez, a renowned Afro-Uruguayan drum luthier and legendary percussionist within the Uruguayan Candombe music scene. Inspired by his rhythm, we visit the Museo del Carnaval and try our hand at a percussion workshop. After feeling the beat, hop back on the bike for a coastline ride along La Rambla, an avenue that separates Montevideo from the shores of the Atlantic. The evening is yours to explore Montevideo on your own, or simply stay at the hotel and dine at the French-inspired restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destinations: Montevideo
Accomplished: 12 miles / 18 km
Accommodation: Sofitel Montevideo

Day Four: Punta del Este and Atchugary Sculpture Park
Our day starts with a drive to the amazing Casapueblo museum, a bright-white, honeycomb-shaped structure perched on a cliff over the Atlantic. The museum is the starting point for our ride through Punta del Este, which leads us by small seaside villages and arrives to the Fundación Pablo Atchugary Sculpture Park. Your guides will prepare a picnic lunch beneath the trees and in the midst of the outdoor sculptures and art installations. We exchange one art form for another at this afternoon’s tango lesson—grab your partner and learn the basics of Uruguay’s most popular, passionate dance. Keep your body moving back on the bike as we cycle along the shimmering shoreline past unspoiled beaches, colorful chacras maritimas beach shacks, and the raw landscape of the campo. Enjoy a well-deserved beachside cocktail before venturing into the coastal plains to our next hotel. Tonight we dine beneath the stars at the estancia’s own restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: José Ignacio, Manantiales, Punta del Este
Accomplished: 34 miles / 51 km
Accommodation: Estancia Vik

Day Five: Uruguayan Frontier and Laguna Garzón
Get ready to be awed by the protected area of Laguna Garzón, where the departments of Maldonado and Rocha converge. We will ride between the ocean and the west arm of the lagoon to reach to a natural reserve and discover a secluded spot within the forest. For lunch, try your hand at cooking regional dishes the traditional way: with fire! The afternoon’s golden hour will find us riding along the coast with the crashing waves of the Atlantic at our side. Return to the hotel for some downtime before we reconvene for a seaside meal to remember at La Huella.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: José Ignacio
Accomplished: 27 miles / 40 km
Accommodation: Estancia Vik

Day Six: Ride to Garzón: Little Uruguayan Tuscany
On our final ride, we bike to Agroland’s Colinas de Garzón, an amazing olive oil mill in the thick of olive groves and vineyards. After a tour of the property, sit down to an indulgent wine and olive oil tasting. More glasses of red are waiting for us at another local winery, where we enjoy a delicious lunch overlooking a spectacular landscape of vineyards and rolling hills. Return to your bike and ride local trails known only to the villagers of Garzón, founded in 1892 by Fermin de León. We will visit the main square and old train station of this charming town where time seems to have stopped centuries ago. Transfer back to the hotel and gather for a special farewell dinner at Estancia Vik.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: José Ignacio, Garzón
Accomplished: 28 miles / 42 km
Accommodations: Estancia Vik

Day Seven: Adios to Uruguay
After breakfast on the terrace, wake up with a morning dip in the pool, play a game of tennis, or pay a final visit to the lagoon. Your guides will then transfer you to the Punta del Este Airport as you head on to your next destination.

Meals: Breakfast

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