With beautiful sandy beaches like Punta del Este and La Paloma, it's easy for visitors to forget that this fascinating country provides a wealth of activities to enjoy, from exploring the ancient Guarani Indian ruins of Chamanga to scaling the rocky gorges of Valle del Lunarejo National Park. Flights to Uruguay land at Carrasco International Airport (MVD) in the country's capital city, Montevideo, making it a convenient hub from which to explore the rest of Uruguay.
Flights to Uruguay
Carrasco International Airport services the nearby capital of Montevideo and has one public terminal with duty-free gift shops, restaurants, a bank, and VIP lounges. Buses and rental cars are available for transportation. Taxis are abundant and will drop passengers at nearby Montevideo for around $40. The airport is 12 miles from the city, and the travel time is approximately 30 minutes.
Attractions in Uruguay
Taking advantage of cheap flights to Uruguay allows visitors to splurge on a number of fun activities once they arrive. Montevideo, as the country's capital and airport destination, is the natural starting point. Its Old Town, or Ciudad Vieja, dates to the early 18th century and features fine examples of colonial architecture such as the Plaza Independencia with its ornate statues and fountains. The city is filled with many museums including the educational Museum of Anthropology and National History and beautiful Palacio Taranco, a modern art museum. The Rambla is a beachfront walkway perfect for strolling or biking and enjoying the ocean views.
The Colonia del Sacramento is a World Heritage site in Colonia near Montevideo founded by Portuguese explorers that features a walkable city layout with historic architecture. The Quebrada de los Cuervos National Park in the country's interior region features spectacular waterfalls and rare bird species.
Travel Tips for Uruguay
Travelers taking flights to Uruguay should know that while the autumn and winter months are often rainy, Uruguay enjoys a temperate climate that’s relatively free of large swings in temperature. At the height of winter in July, temperatures are in the 50s, and during the summer months of November through February, the balmy daily high temperatures are in the 70s.
Like its neighbor Brazil, Uruguay loves to celebrate Carnival in late February with elaborate costumes, spectacular parades, and alcohol consumption. Other notable celebrations include Día de la Independencia, Uruguay's Independence Day, in August and Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, in November. Snorkeling and diving are popular pursuits in the coastal regions, and inland pursuits include backcountry trekking.
Visitors taking cheap flights to Uruguay will be able to enjoy the country’s delicious cuisine. An empanada is a portable, inexpensive snack consisting of a half-moon-shaped pastry filled with meat, cheese, or sweet ingredients. Two people can buy empanadas on the street and enjoy a meal for under $5. Uruguayans love their barbecue, or asado, with grass-fed beef featuring heavily on any menu. Dulce de leche, caramelized milk and sugar, is a dessert favorite found in
everything from ice cream to cakes. A multiple-course dinner for two at a mid-range restaurant will cost around $40.
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