A great thing about Uruguay is that it is still reasonable undiscovered as compared to some of its South American neighbors like Peru, Argentina, and Brazil. Blessed with a surplus of cultural and natural attractions tourists to this small nation are never wanting for things to do. A few suggestions of how you could best spend your time in Uruguay include.
Punta del Este
A hot spot for vacationing Argentines and Brazilians Punta del Este has been called the St Tropez of South America because of its stylish, modern character and breathtaking beaches. For vacationers looking for a wonderful combination of partying, beach, and excellent shopping this is the place. Be sure to wander along Avenida Gorlero to locate the best shops, the light house, and the plaza complete with its weekly craft fairs. Punta del Este is located 130 kilometres for Montevideo is also a great choice for day trips from there.
Montevideo is the capital city of Uruguay and a wonderful homage of European and South American colonial era architecture. Though a capital, Montevideo maintains a relaxed and intimate feeling that constantly draws people to it. Some of the cities main landmarks include Romblas – a 13 km long promenade complete with white sand beaches – the old town, parque rodo and the puerta de la ciudadela. Only a few hours by boat from Buenos Aires visiting Montevideo means that the capital of Argentina is also within day trip length away.
Colonia del Sacramento
Colonia del Sacramento is an area that has often been ear marked by UNESCO world heritage for its fantastic city facades. There are wonderful museums, stately old homes, cobbled streets, a river promenade, an antique plaza de Toros. Another fantastic aspect of Colinia del Sacrmento, beyond the beauty of its own streets, is the fantastic vantage that it has to look over its neighbor – on the other side of the Rio de la Plata – Buenos Aires.
The Rocha Coast
The Rocha Coast is a wonderful destination for lovers of natural beaches and nature. Backpackers, families, and surfers a like clamour to locations along the coast like La Paloma, Cabo Polonio and La Pedrera. Cablo Polonio is a rustic fishing village that doesn’t allow its lack of running water or electricity to prevent it from creating an exotic, relaxed, and romantic atmosphere. La Paloma is a small city near to the great beaches that unlike Cabo Polonio also has all the modern conveniences. Le Pedrera has one of the best beaches along the coast and is perfect to learn how to surf or catch the perfect wave.