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.
Colonia del Sacramento
Often visited as a day trip from Buenos Aires, but there is much to keep you busy if you choose to extend your stay. Brightly painted colonial buildings line the cobbled streets of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site.
Coastal Punta del Este
Uruguay’s most glamorous, well know and expensive destination, where thousands flock to the beachside bars and clubs to flaunt it. The stretch of beaches that line this picturesque coastline range from tranquil swimming beaches to great surfing spots and are jam-packed with holidaymakers in the height of summer.
The interior is gaucho country- home to the mysterious lonesome figures of romantic literature, vast estancias and an abundance of wide open spaces and endless skies. Spend a few days on a local estancia for the ultimate taste of gaucho culture.
Montevideo is the nation’s capital with a wealthy architectural heritage and a vibrant cultural scene.