Uruguay Vacations

Dubbed the Switzerland of South America for its peaceful demeanor and advanced social and cultural practices, Uruguay is suddenly the hottest new arrival to the travel scene. Situated on the Rio de la Plata, Uruguay was once a destination mostly for the nouveau riche of Brazil and Argentina to relax on Punta del Este’s beaches. However, those same ... Read more
beaches have become one of the hippest places for Hollywood stars to be seen. The rest of the country has seen its stock rise dramatically, as well. In Montevideo, the capital, take a walking tour through the ciudad vieja to see the historic colonial center of Montevideo and enjoy the life of a thriving metropolis. At Colonia del Sacramento, you will find a quaint town that used to serve as a port for Portuguese smugglers and has since become one of Uruguay’s top attractions. No matter where you are in Uruguay, there are three constants: 1) Yerba Mate, a green herb that locals drink non-stop; 2) Dulce de Leche, the authentic, caramel-like sauce that locals spread over virtually everything; and 3) carne, which is served at almost every meal, including the classic Uruguayan sandwich, the chivito.

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Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA

I love the places in this country that I have been. So laid back, beautiful and fascinating. Everyone was friendly and high on yerba mate.

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Melbourne, Florida

I have ofter heard it said that Uruguay is South America's best kept secret, and after having spent some time in Montevideo, Maldanado, and Punta del Este, I have to say that that idomatic expression is right on the money. I loved Uruguay with it's friendly people, beautiful beaches, great food, and it's first world type of accomodations. On the flip side, I would caution anyone visting the capital, Montevideo, to be very careful while walking in the downtown area.

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Los Angeles, California

Beautiful, peaceful, friendly people, amazing infrastructure, great weather, stable economy, every modern convenience, fabulous wine (Tannat) and delicious food. A taste of Europe in South America. An undiscovered gem.

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Curitiba

Just went to the city Rio Branco where I found great Duty Free Stores, an excellent and cheap uruguayan food and amazing people.

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Palo Alto, California, USA

I really enjoyed it here because its kinda the melding point of south america and europe, which is pretty cool. Definitely take the time to explore outside montevideo and get to know some of the locals.

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Atlanta, Georgia, USA

This little country has a lot to offer, most important for those not so adventurous is its safety (at least compared to other countries). You have to visit Punta del Este, but also Montevideo, Colonia, and if you like horses/hunting there are a lot of tourist farms you can go to in the Interior. Definitely one of those not so talked about places which will surprise you.

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Valencia, Spain
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New York State
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Chino Hills, California
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