We have no doubt that Uruguay is one of the best off-the-beaten-track destinations in South America, home to dramatic landscapes, little-known vineyards, culturally-rich colonial towns and rural ranches, with beautiful beaches, bohemian guesthouses and glamorous cities to match.
Uruguay should have its place on your bucket list, especially if you are looking to discover a more remote side of the continent, with no shortage of memorable moments along the way. However, it also combines delightfully well with Argentina as it is just a short ferry ride away. Two countries in one trip? That sounds like the perfect South America holiday!
For a small country, Uruguay packs a real punch when it comes to diverse holiday options. Wine lovers will be in awe when exploring the boutique vineyards of Carmelo, Canelones, Montevideo and the Maldonado Region. If culture ticks your boxes, there is plenty of colonial history in the country, and Colonia del Sacramento is the jewel in the crown.
The coastline of Uruguay also has some of South America’s most famous resorts. Punta del Este is where the rich and famous go but if you fancy a slower pace of life La Barra and Jose Ignacio might just be what you are looking for.
And if all this is not enough, the countryside is just gorgeous! Stay in an Estancia, mingle with the gauchos or go on a birdwatching holiday, whatever you fancy, Uruguay has it all!
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Uruguay is a very surprising country! It might not be as famous as its South American counterparts but I believe it deserves your full consideration and time. It is one of the safest, friendliest and charming places I have ever been to. It is very easy to travel around, it has great food and wine and it is so easy to combine with other countries in the continent.