The beginning of April of 2024 found us in Posadas, Argentina. From there we entered Uruguay for the first time and then returned to Argentina where we ended the month in the Uco Valley of Mendoza. In total, we drove 2,413 miles (3,883 km) during our South American road trip in Uruguay and Argentina in April of 2024. Here are road trip highlights–including golf carts, wildlife, and beach art–plus a route map, drive-lapse video, and photos.

jose ignacio golf cart road trip in Uruguay

We downsized our wheels for a few days in the famous Uruguayan beach town of José Ignacio.

April 2024 road trip in Uruguay & Argentina

We began the month of April 2024 in Posadas, Argentina which is the capital of Misiones Province in the the north of the country. To be honest, we were hiding out and laying low to avoid the travel madness that happens every Semana Santa (Easter week) in Latin America. With Easter travel safely behind us, we headed for a destination we’d been looking forward to for a very long time: Iberá National Park.

Ibera wildlife road trip in Uruguay and Argentina

Some of the wildlife we saw as we explored the wetlands environment of Iberá National Park in northern Argentina.

We spent days exploring the vast Iberá wetland that presents nature and wildlife like no other place in Argentina. From Iberá, we headed down to the border with Uruguay via the town of Mercedes which is the birthplace of a famous folk-saint named Gauchito Gil (think Latin Robin Hood) and noted for its Shrine to Gauchito Gil which, of course, we visited. Among other things, Gauchito Gil is said to protect travelers so we picked up a talisman to hang in our truck. You never know.

la mano the hand punta del este

La Mano (The Hand) by artist Mario Irarrázabal is a coastal fixture in the city of Punta del Este, Uruguay.

A highlight of our April 2024 road trip was our first entry into Uruguay marking our 98th overland border crossing and the 19th country we’ve visited on our Trans-Americas Journey so far.  Our first stop in Uruguay was the border city of Paysandú which we reached via the General José Gervasio Artiga International Bridge. An unexpected mechanical problem delayed us in not lovely Paysandú, but we eventually made it to the beach town of José Ignacio and the coastal city of Punta del Este. These world-famous destinations in Uruguay are swarmed with visitors during the summer months. In the chill of April, however, both places were pleasantly deserted–we even had the beach to ourselves during long walks in José Igancio.

From there we drove west along the Uruguayan coast to the town of Carmelo, learning about Uruguay wines and enjoying the quiet and chilly coastline along the way. Alas, we only had two weeks to spend in Uruguay during this initial visit but we’ll be back.

At the end of April 2024 we headed back into Argentina via the town of Fray Bentos with a quick stop at the Fray Bentos Cultural-Industrial Landscape which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the 125th UNESCO site we ‘ve visited so far on our Journey so far.

We crossed back into Argentina at Gualeguaychú over the General San Martín International Bridge, the 99th border crossing of our Journey. From the border, we drove west across Argentina directly to the Uco Valley of Mendoza, a place that has become our home away from home over the past few years, and we ended the month of April 2024 there.

Our complete April 2024 during our road trip in Uruguay and Argentina can be seen in the map below.


See what we saw during our April 2024 road trip in Uruguay and Argentina in our dashcam drive-lapse video, below. It was, as always, shot by our Brinno camera which is mounted on our dashboard at all times.

 

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Here’s more about travel in Uruguay

 

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