Visit friendly Uruguay, peaceful rural country across the River Plate from Buenos Aires with welcoming ranches and superb beaches. Book with Journey Latin America.
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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Argentina / Uruguay
Self-drive Uruguay: Classic highlights
13 days from £2,410pp
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Signature Uruguay: Land of vintage charm
14 days from £4,720pp
11 days from £1,982pp
Places To Visit In Uruguay
Discover our guide to the most exciting, memorable and inspiring places to visit.
Colonia and Carmelo
The little port of Colonia is the oldest town in the country and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while sleepy Carmelo is popular for golf and fine wines.
The cultural melting pot of Montevideo is home to monumental public buildings, a historic core and lively port area.
Punta del Este beaches and coastline
The coastline east of Montevideo has huge dunes, rocky capes and yawning stretches of soft sand.
Things to do
We proudly offer the widest range of activities, excursions and one-of-a-kind experiences across all our destinations, tried and tested personally by our travel experts.
Celebrate Carnival in Montevideo
Explore Old Montevideo
Explore Uruguay by hire car
Hike or ride across the dunes in Cabo Polonio
Browse our unrivalled portfolio of accommodation . Every option has been carefully chosen by our team of travel experts, so you can rest assured that you’ll relax in utter comfort.
Uruguay / Montevideo
Uruguay / Colonia and Carmelo
Uruguay / Montevideo
Cottage Hotel Puerto Buceo
Uruguay / Punta del Este beaches and coastline
Estancia el Charabon
Where to go when - our guide to Uruguay
The weather in Uruguay is wide and varied
This friendly and easy-to-explore country is made up of rolling plains and hills, 660km of glorious white sand beaches, a lively, cultured and polished waterfront capital and a beautifully preserved colonial town meaning there’s plenty to discover. The weather is mild year round and rainfall is moderate throughout the year. The wettest months are July and August and if you’re heading to the beaches they are best visited from December to March, but plan in advance as this is a popular time to visit. Around February / March Uruguayans celebrate carnival with 5 days of live music, parades and general frivolity, although some festivities go on for an entire month. From June to November it’s possible to spot southern right whales off the coast where they migrate annually to breed.View our Uruguay weather guide
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Real Latin America Experts
Lina Fuller - Travel Expert
Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.
Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert
Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert
Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.
Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Expert
After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.
Ben Line - Travel Expert
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.
Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert
Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.