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Uruguay. Home of the South American cowboy and mile upon mile of unspoilt coastline, this small but mighty country is well overdue recognition as an idyllic tourist destination.
Learn to ride gaucho style at an Estancia, wander around the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Colonia del Sacramento or catch some waves in Punto del Diablo. Whatever you’re into, the rustic charms and warm hospitality of Uruguay will have you hooked.
Uruguay is not the biggest country in South America and is often overlooked in favour of its better-known neighbours. But invest some time in Uruguay and you will find rolling countryside, charming colonial towns and vibrant cities to explore!
It is very easy to combine Uruguay with Argentina and/or Brazil. A great starting point is the ancient town of Colonia. Aptly named for its colonial architecture, you can go for as little as a day, although we recommend at least staying overnight. Spend your time ambling around the pretty streets or enjoy a seafood lunch on the front.
Why not extend this and see the vibrant city of Montevideo? Here you will find an interesting city with plenty of attractions to see. You can then easily continue down the coast to the port city of Punta del Este with one of Uruguay's best beaches next door.
If you have more time then the countryside in Uruguay has a wealth of estancias and ranches where you can spend your days riding with the gauchos. It's a fantastic experience and you may feel like you have found a corner of South America all to yourself!
It’s easy for you to organise your perfect trip with Latin Routes. With years of specialist experience in South American travel, we help you plan your dream activities and organise all the details. Leaving you to focus on enjoying your holiday.
All of our holidays to Uruguay are tailor-made around you. This means you can create a holiday that includes the places you want to see and the things that are important to you.
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With the beach on one side and the city centre on the other, it’s easy to combine a vibrant, cosmopolitan scene with some rest and relaxation in Montevideo. Spend an evening in one of the buzzy tango bars, where history, culture and a great time meet. Wander around the historical old city, admiring the colonial architecture and stopping off for the occasional coffee. Or, if museums are your thing, there are plenty of those to choose from too. It’s all here!
Heading to the bright lights of beachfront town Punta del Este is a must for the more refined traveller, with a huge range of high-end bars and restaurants to choose from. This is Uruguay’s answer to Miami: incredible nightlife, glitzy hotels and gorgeous stretches of white sand. For a more bohemian vibe, try Jose Ignacio, where an eclectic mix of establishments lines the unpaved streets.
Colonia del Sacramento is the first stop for those arriving in Uruguay by ferry from Argentina. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this small but lively town is typified by quaint cobbled streets, faded shutters and a couple of excellent ice cream shops. Shop for handmade souvenirs, climb the lighthouse for panoramic views or sit along the edge of the historic city to watch the sun go down. A great introduction to a wonderful country.
For the perfect combination of excellent nightlife and relaxing beaches, head to Punta del Diablo. A favourite with local students and tourists alike, you won’t be disappointed by the sweeping beaches and electric atmosphere.
For a true party vibe, head here during Uruguay Spring Break (January), when the population of the town skyrockets. The friendly locals are quick to welcome tourists into their parties, making this an experience not to be missed.
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