Travel to Uruguay and experience the beautiful, hidden gem on the South American east coast. Most people are unaware that Uruguay has so many fantastic holiday resorts. The most popular resort is Punta del Este, a favourite destination for many celebrities such as Sting or Maradona - if you are lucky, you could catch a glimpse of them window shopping on a hot summers day!
Uruguay’s total area is 176 220 m2 with a population of approximately 3.5 million. It’s a small country with a BIG heart. Uruguay is set on the same latitude as Sydney in Australia. The climate is mild with an average temperature of 13 degrees during the winter and up to as much as 30 degrees celcius during the summer months.
The capital, Montevideo, lies at the mouth of the Rio de La Platas and only 3 hours across the borders you'll find the pulsating city of Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital city. Montevideo can easily show of one of South America’s most beautiful streets, Capital 18 de Julio, which stretches from Plaza Independiza and Ciudad Vieja, the old town. The perfect way to spend a Sunday is to stroll around Tristan Narvaja and visit the amazing flea market; it’s a place that offers something for everyone. Another must during your visit to Uruguay is a visit to the huge in-door market situated in the old harbour district, Mercado del Puerto. A great place to be when the hunger sets in, your senses will come to life with delicious sights, sounds and smells. Some great classics to try are “Chivito” which is a juicy Uruguayan beef served with freshly baked bread. Another classic Uruguyan dish is the Asado beef grilled on hot coal or wood and enjoyed with a glass or two of Tannat wine...Yummy!
Travelling the length of Uruguay takes just over 5 hours. There are a number of real gems along the way. Punta del Este, South Americas answer to Monte Carlo. The summer months attract the rich and famous from all over the world. Fashion shows and glamorous party one after the other beautiful beaches filled with surfers, tourists and jet setters.
Not far from Punta del Este is the much calmer retreat of José Ignacio. An old fishing village that is now an oasis for the rich and famous. José Ignacio is the perfect place for relaxing evenings on the beach and great sea food restaurants.
Further north in Cabo Polonio leave your car and get arrange for a 4x4 to collect you. Get ready for a trip back in time, as you will not so easily find electricity, telephones or tarmac highways. Instead you will experience endless sandy beaches and sand dunes that dominate the horizon.This is paradise on earth for the traveller who loves nature, wildlife and surfing with the never ending swell from the Atlantic. You can see wild horses not to mention hundreds of sea lions during mating season tanning on the cliffs.
Close to the border of Brazil lies the Uruguyan town of Punta del Diablo. It is a small fishing village, growing in popularity as a tourist destination. This place will make you feel right at home. The locals are friendly and welcoming and there is a feeling of calm harmony, with small cottages along the cliffs and long beaches. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from here. The perfect evening might start with a Caipirinha at Cueva Luna, by the Playa de Pescadores, and after that you can go on to El viejo y el Mar and be served a platter of today's best catch.
Uruguay is a country that can’t be overlooked, not just because of the beautiful beaches, the fantastic nature and wildlife but also the pulsating nightlife and the incredible atmosphere. The people that you meet here will give you memories that stay with you forever. Their generosity and their open armed welcome will make you feel so special - guaranteed to leave with a big smile on your face and the knowledge that you one day will return!
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