Although it is often overlooked, tiny Uruguay punches well above its weight. Some of the most popular places to visit in Uruguay is the Historic Quarter of the City of Colonia del Sacramento. It is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site and can easily be visited as a day trip from Buenos Aires. Explore its charming cafes with its relaxed vibe, cobblestone streets and enjoy amazing views of Rio de La Plata.
Montevideo, the capital is two hours away from Colonia. Its historic centre has been lovingly restored, is now a hub of restaurants, bars and galleries.
In the area close to Carmelo there is a fantastic range of wine lodges, deluxe hotels and rural estancias. These are perfect for those seeking a relaxing extension to their time in neighbouring Buenos Aires.
During the summer months, Uruguayans and Argentineans alike flock to the coastal party town of Punta del Este, easily accessible with direct flights from Buenos Aires and Montevideo. Further north along the coast is the hip, laid-back village of Jose Ignacio and the surfer hangout of La Pedrera.
Uruguay is fast becoming another must-see destination for travellers to this vast continent.