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Uruguay is a South American country that sits squeezed between the larger countries Brazil and Argentina. Due to these more popular neighbours, the charm of Uruguay still remains unknown to many travellers. This small nation boasts of pristine Atlantic beaches, verdant natural landscapes, excellent wine industry and rich heritage. The country also features a diverse blend of Spanish, Portuguese, African and indigenous cultures and an excellent cuisine.
Uruguay’s capital Montevideo is where almost half of the country’s population lives and is the most visited destination. The 19th-century Plaza Independencia, Montevideo’s main square surrounded by impressive Spanish-era landmarks, lies in the picturesque Ciudad Vieja, the city’s old town. Montevideo is a melting pot of numerous art-deco, neoclassical and modern buildings along with glitzy shopping malls, theatres and tango bars. You can learn more about the country’s history and culture by visiting the Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales and Museo del Gaucho museums. The unmissable Mercado del Puerto (Port Market) is where you can savour Uruguay’s mouth watering street food cuisine and is best known for its steak restaurants.
Punta del Este is a luxurious coastal resort town, known for its elegant beaches, yacht harbour, classy hotels, resorts, restaurants and celebrity visitors. It is the most beautiful and expensive beach town in Uruguay. Casapueblo, a unique white villa turned art gallery and the La Mano en la Arena, a sculpture of a giant hand with its fingers coming out of the shores of Playa Brava are popular attractions here. Punta del Diablo is another spectacular beach destination and is suited for backpackers. From here, you can visit Santa Teresa National Park, home to popular surfing beaches and an 18th-century fortress. Located around an hour’s drive south from Punta del Diablo, is Cabo Polonio, whose beaches are home to some of the largest sea lion populations on the planet. Reaching here is quite challenging due to lack of proper roads, which makes it an excellent choice for those who seek offbeat locations.
Colonia del Sacramento is a UNESCO world heritage site, located around 180 km from Montevideo. It is known for Portuguese and Spanish era houses, cobblestone streets and palm-fringed boardwalks. It is a very photogenic location and from its colourful buildings to amazing sunsets, you can click plenty of amazing photos.
Uruguay is a hidden gem in South America. With its stunning coastline, exciting range of activities and impressive heritage sites, a trip to Uruguay offers one of South America’s most authentic experiences.
Cabo Polonio is known as the world’s second-biggest sea-lion colony.