Uruguay is one of South America’s undiscovered travel gems, with surprisingly varied trips for travellers seeking an authentic holiday experience.
Nestled between Brazil, Argentina and its rugged Atlantic Ocean coast, Uruguay features a large number of sandy beaches.
It is also home to rolling hills and vast, wide open spaces in the countryside as well as friendly people, great food and tango.
The capital, Montevideo, is vibrant and features some beautiful French and Italian colonial buildings.
Local also have a fervant passion for tango. The most famous singer of all time, Carlos Gardel, is claimed as a Uruguayan and has a museum dedicated to him.
And for wine and barbecues – say it quietly, but this country can more than rival the more well-known Argentinian varieties.
The coast has lovely beaches and warms seas, which the locals flock to, to relax, swim and sunbathe.
Inland and into the countryside you can stay at estancias to taste the rural life.
Uruguay has a charming, warm, friendly population of only 3 million, and a little-known but perfect destination made for horse riding.
Self-drive trips around the coast and the interior are also lovely, laid back ways to see this delightfully relaxed country.
Below you will find a few of the many attractions Uruguay has to offer for your holiday.
Uruguay’s 660km of white sand coastline, capes and dunes are almost completely deserted and unspoiled.
Drive north past Punta del Este and into more remote areas for wild and beautiful coast.
The fishing village of José Ignacio is the new up-and-coming place to stay, while La Pedreda calls to surfers, kite-surfers and eco-travellers.
Cabo Polonio is another old fishing village now turned eco/hippy resort. It’s basic with little electricity, but has a huge sea lion colony, peaceful waters to swim in and beautiful sunsets and clear skies for star gazing.
Further up, Punta del Diablo has more of a nightime scene as well as good swimming beaches.
A famous former Portuguese colonial outpost, Colonia is a step into a bygone age. Wander slowly past old and pretty colonial buildings, set in picturesque, quiet streets
There are two or three good restaurants to try, a couple of small museums worth a visit and you can swim in the refreshing Rio de la Plata river.
El Buen Suspiro (the good whisper) is Colonia’s most famous street. Some say its name derives from the enticing whispers of the prostitutes that worked here, others that it was the last breath of animals that were slaughtered here.
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