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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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Highlights - everything really but probably Isabela.
The island was so beautiful, lots of areas to explore on your own - the walk to Muro de las Lagrimas, lagoons, beach, watching the pelicans diving for fish around sunset. Los Tuneles was probably our favourite snorkelling trip. Kicker Rock would be a close second, we have some fantastic footage of hammerheads.
All the breakfasts were fresh and enjoyable as were the lunches provided on the trips - especially the ceviche on Los Tuneles tour. Andrea, our main contact was great always on time, very friendly, lots of useful information. Overall organisation was excellent - no problems.
Thanks again Tom - it was worth the wait!!
Neil and Julie Buckley (U.K.), Jan 2020
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To be honest I don't have the words to describe the Galapagos. Breathtaking!!
Thank you so much for the excellent organisation, planning and support. The flights, boat, crew, guides, food and itinerary were excellent and worked really well. The wildlife was simply amazing and the weather perfect.
No low point. Highlight - everything, but in particular seeing a part of our planet that has not been ravaged by humans.
We wished to see as much of the Galapagos as possible and the boat made this possible. We chose Andean Trails because they responded very quickly and efficiently to our original request. Tom has been excellent and we would highly recommend Andean Trails again.
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COVID 19 Page updated on 1 April 2020 (by Kathy Jarvis, director) We would like to extend a huge thanks all our UK staff and our numerous partners throughout South America for their help in getting all of our customers home safely in March. Our partners in South America are also helping enormously with offering to reschedule tours and services for all of our customers who can no longer travel on their chosen dates due to Covid 19, so many thanks to them for that at a very difficult time. We would like to extend our thanks also to …
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