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Little Uruguay is a friendly, peaceful country bordering its much larger and more strident neighbours, Argentina and Brazil. The landscape is mostly rolling plains and low hills - lush pasture for the beef cattle for which the country is famed, and dotted with sprawling estancias.

Uruguayans are justly proud of their glorious 660km of coastline of white sand beaches. Best-known is the sophisticated resort of Punta del Este - renowned for its ostentatious wealth and celebrity visitors.

In the lively waterfront capital of Montevideo, modern skyscrapers jostle with art deco and colonial buildings. The city has a thriving cultural and entertainment scene. Uruguay also shelters one of Latin America’s best preserved colonial towns, the port of Colonia del Sacramento – an easy day excursion across the River Plate from Buenos Aires.


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Essential information

Language

Spanish

Time difference

GMT -3 hours.

Key events

Carnival

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Our insider tips for Uruguay

Often overlooked by visitors to its neighbours, Uruguay merits a lingering stay: hiring a car to get around, there are some lovely chic hotels and countryside estancias to discover.

David

David Nichols

Travelling just outside the main holiday season, when accommodation can be excellent value.
Chris Parrott

Chris Parrott

Go to the beach. Uruguay's are some of the continent's best. if you prefer something more low key than the celebtrity-acked Punta del Este, base yourself in laid-back, Bohemian and fashionable José Ignacio. Here you can enjoy visits to secluded gourmet restaurants set in pine and eucalyptus groves, but raucous discos are not allowed and parties have a curfew.

Konrad M

Konrad Mludzinski

Horse-riding through flowery meadows and eucalyptus at one of Uruguay’s good-value estancias in the Sierras das Rocha, inland from Punta del Este.

Nicola Gude

Nicola Gude

What our experts say

If you have already ticked off hectic grand tour circuits in Brazil and Argentina you will appreciate the relaxing experiences Uruguay offers. It’s a great place to unwind in both rural and coastal settings, enjoy good food and wine and the freedom to self-drive between some very inviting places to stay.My favourite bit is the eastern province of Rocha, its coast and countryside is especially beautiful. Uruguay is a birder’s paradise too, testament to the fact it is so unspoilt. The big resorts get very busy with South American visitors in Summer (Dec-Feb) but if you hire a car you should be able to find a quiet spot you can call your own.

David

David Nichols

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