Uruguay

Long overshadowed by its bigger neighbours, Uruguay has the perfect combination of beachside relaxation, cosmopolitan culture and romantic plains, all in a manageable package.

With its unspoilt beaches, lush rolling countryside and cosmopolitan cities, Uruguay is a South American gem waiting to be discovered. Sandwiched between Brazil and Argentina, this nation has lived in shadow of its larger-than-life neighbours for hundreds of years. But anonymity isn’t all bad – over time, Uruguay has fostered a unique and humble charm and, in turn, cultivated a peaceful and progressive culture. It’s been shrouded in an air of mystery, and now it’s time to pull back the curtain because the country is sure to ignite the adventurer in you.

Uruguay marries adventure with a laid-back atmosphere perfectly. Sample the finest cuts of meat from one of the many steakhouses in the old port markets of Mercado del Puerto. Dance into the wee hours at the dance clubs in Punta del Este. Sink into the rejuvenating waters of Río Uruguay’s hot springs. Go dune bashing in a 4WD to Cabo Polonio to spot a vast array of wildlife. Embark on a road trip out to the picturesque town of Colonia.

Revel in the leisurely pace of Uruguayan life. Wander among the neoclassical and Art Deco buildings that line the streets. Sip on a glass of mate, a herbal tea, while watching the sunset from the beach. Unveil the best of Uruguay. You won’t be disappointed.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the unique and stunning hotel, Casapueblo, in Punta Ballena
  • Revel in the beachside nightlife in Punta del Este, and visit the La Mano sculpture
  • Experience the best in cowboy culture, including rodeos and folk music, at the Fiesta de la Patria Gaucha in Tacuarembo (held in March)
  • Tour the flourishing markets and experience the cafe culture in the cosmopolitan capital, Montevideo
  • Spend a day sailing the epic estuary of Rio de la Plata