Uruguay which neighbours Brazil to the north and Argentina to the south and west, is becoming increasingly popular with its lovely landscapes, little-known vineyards, rural estancias, beautiful beaches and culturally-rich colonial towns and cities. Visit the charming UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Colonia del Sacramento, which can be easily reached by ferry in an hour from Buenos Aires. Spend time in the lively capital city of Montevideo dining in atmospheric cafes and wonderful restaurants, visiting superb galleries and some excellent museums, or perhaps exploring the antique shops. Enjoy the wine growing areas of Carmelo, Canelones, Montevideo and the Maldonado region, where you can meet small-scale producers tending to their vines using traditional techniques, all set in the most idyllic of countryside surroundings. Finally, get off the beaten track to the natural wonders of Esteros de Farrapos National Park, Quebrada de los Cuervos (Vulture’s Gorge) or the Cabo Polonio Natural Reserve. These rural regions offer scenic horse-riding trails and bike rides to enjoy, cooking and cultural classes, kayaking, hiking, bird watching and countless more outdoor activities. Uruguay will not remain an undiscovered gem for much longer!
Full of old cobblestone streets, rustic buildings and famous landmarks, this historic town has a captivating atmosphere. Admire the beautiful architecture that gives this city its rustic charm, in fact, both Colonia’s old and modern architecture are now protected as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Montevideo Montevideo is Uruguay’s capital and largest city – with almost half of the country’s population residing here. A modern metropolis today, the city still brims with colonial monuments, museums and historic buildings that are a picturesque blend of colonial Spanish, The uninterrupted stretch of white sandy beach that surrounds the city attracts many Argentineans choose Montevideo to relax on their summer break.
Carmelo This charming town is located along the shores of the Rio de la Plata (the river dividing Argentina and Uruguay) it is known for being a fabulous wine region.
Rocha A region rich in olive oil production and wine production, also known for its beach resorts.
Punta del Este The chic beachside resort town of Punta del Este, sits on a narrow strip of land bordered on one side by the iconic Playa Brava, home to the famous ‘La Mano’ sculpture, which depicts five human fingers partially emerging from the sand. This quaint town is very popular in the summer with the locals and has many lovely galleries and excellent restaurants.
It is possible travel to Uruguay year round, however the best time to visit is during the summer months between November – February especially when the beach resorts are open.
Currency Uruguayan peso (UYU)
Language Spanish is the official language but English is widely understood in hotels and at tourist facilities.
Why we love it This under the radar destination offers travellers fabulous vineyards, wineries, artisan cheese producers and olive oil plantations, making it a great foodie destination!
Weather Uruguay has a temperate climate which means you can expect a mild climate with rainfall occurring throughout the year. Temperatures rarely fall below freezing and range from 10 to 16 degrees celsius during winter from June to September.
Social customs & quirks Roman Catholic is the predominant religion (47%), followed by Protestantism (11%). Other religious minorities, including Judaism, account for less than 2% of the population. 40% of Uruguayans claim no religious affiliation.
Social Conventions: A hand shake is the normal form of greeting. Uruguayans are very hospitable and like to entertain both at home and in restaurants. Normal courtesies should be observed. Smoking is not allowed in public spaces, including restaurants, cinemas, theatres and public transport.
Festivals & events Uruguay has a host of lively festivals which offer visitors wonderful insight into this colorful nation. Many of the festivals and holidays are religious in nature and the country also observes regular holidays such as New Year’s Day and Labor Day, while Independence Day in August marks the country’s break from the strict rule of the Empire of Brazil back in the early 1800’s.
Health* There are currently no health requirements for entering Uruguay.
Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.