Uruguay

Where to go

South America’s best kept secret, Uruguay is a small, peaceful country tucked between Argentina and Brazil, bordering the Atlantic Ocean with a fabulous coastline of long, sandy beaches.

Highlights include:  

  • Montevideo, an elegant capital city, with a mix of turn-of-the-century buildings and Art Deco architecture, beautiful parks and excellent beaches.
  • Colonia del Sacramento, a beautifully preserved colonial city and UNESCO World Heritage site with cobbled streets, charming art galleries, restaurants and cafés.
  • Punta del Este, a thriving beach resort situated 140 kilometres east of Montevideo, offering a great selection of hotels and restaurants.

 

What to do

  • Go to the beach!  Spot celebrities at the trendy beach resort of Punta del Este or head a little further east to the chic fishing village of José Ignacio.
  • Spend a day or two on an estancia and ride with the gauchos or simply enjoy the peace and quiet of the surrounding countryside.
  • Take a day trip from Buenos Aires and explore the cities of Montevideo and Colonia del Sacramento – both cities are easily reached by a short ferry or hovercraft ride across the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires.
  • Watch a football match at Montevideo's Estadio Centenario.  The Uruguayans love football and the nation excels at it
  • Go bird watching and enjoy stunning sunsets in Uruguay’s unspoilt wetlands along the Rio Uruguay.



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When to go

The seasons are opposite to those in the Northern hemisphere with winter from June to September and summer from December to March but Uruguay is a year-round destination with nice weather even in the winter months.   We recommend November as an ideal month to travel for perfect weather and to avoid the crowds.  Peak season runs from December to February and hotels in Punta del Este in particular get booked up well in advance for the Christmas and New Year period.

 

Currency and money

Uruguayan Peso.  ATMs are easily available.  Good value for money.  

 

Cuisine

Great steaks!  Uruguayan grass-fed beef is possibly the finest in the world.  The country also offers superb seafood and there is a great Italian influence.  You can also sample superb local wines and we recommend a visit to one of the country’s small family-run vineyards during your stay.

 

Hotels

Good choice of hotels including locally run smaller hotels and pousadas and the larger international chains as well as boutique hotels and traditional ranches (“estancias) and lodges.

 

Where to go next

Combine Uruguay with a trip to Argentina.  There is an excellent, regular ferry and hovercraft service running across Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires to Montevideo and Colonia del Sacramento.  There are also frequent flights between Buenos Aires and Montevideo and Punta del Este with a flight time of only 40 minutes.  Direct flights between Montevideo and Rio de Janeiro make Brazil a good destination to combine with Uruguay also.

 

Links

Saspo’s partner office in Uruguay is Turisport.  For further information on the country and its highlights and destinations please see Turisport’s website  www.turisport.com.uy

Contact:    TEL: +44 20 8123 1827   Mobile: +44 7989 982 210   Email: Info@saspoUK.com