Gauchos, nature and fabulous beaches
South America’s second smallest country has, until recently, been overlooked and is still relatively undiscovered by European visitors.
This delightful low-key yet hospitable country has some 650 kilometres of pristine coastline including hidden lagoons with white sandy beaches and pretty towns and villages, as well as the culturally vibrant capital Montevideo.
During its very short summer season, the in-crowd flock to the beach towns of Punta del Este and Jose Ignacio. For a few weeks in December and January the area transfroms from a sleepy backwater to a party place, with fantastic bars and restaurants (many of which are closed for the rest of the year) springing into life.
Visitors more interested in nature can head inland to the country’s unspoiled interior. The lakes and wetlands are home to the enormous diversity of birds and wildlife that live in harmony with the cattle, sheep and horses of the vast pampas. Spending a night or two on an estancia (cattle ranch) amidst the wide-open grandeur of the gaucho country is a great experience. And in the ‘Banados del Este’ region you will find lush forests, tropical savannahs and a host of ecosystems that are now a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Due to its strategic location on the north shores of the Río de la Plata, Uruguay’s history and territory has always been hotly contested. Firstly being disputed between early European settlers (initially the Spanish and Portugese) and then later by the emerging regional powers of Argentina and Brazil. This has only served to enrich the culture and character of the place, forging a very cosmopolitan society and a cultural identity different from most other Latin American countries.
Today the country boasts one of the highest literacy rates on the continent and enjoys a very high standard of living. Uruguayans are friendy people with warm hearts – and they love to party. Uruguay is considered one of the safest countries in the world… and definitely worth discovering!
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Places we love to stay
Sofitel Carrasco Hotel Casino and Spa
The historic Carrasco Hotel in Montevideo has been beautifully restored and is again a top choice.View details about Sofitel Carrasco Hotel Casino and Spa
Carmelo Resort and Spa, A Hyatt Hotel
Recently taken over and completely refurbished by the Hyatt Group, the hotel occupies an expansive site on the banks of the River Plate, near Colonia.View details about Carmelo Resort and Spa, A Hyatt Hotel
Playa Vik in Jose Ignacio, Uruguay, is one of our top picks for a stylish beachfront escape.View details about Playa Vik
Beautiful beach paradiseView details about Bahia Vik
Estancia Vik near Jose Ignacio, Uruguay, offers a luxurious country getaway with polo and other outdoor activities.View details about Estancia Vik