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Though its neighbors, Brazil and Argentina, are much bigger and with more famous attractions, Uruguay is South America’s fabulous surprise. With superb historical centers, incredible cultural landmarks, and bustling tango clubs, Uruguay is an amazing destination for all kinds of travelers. There are so many things to see in the second smallest state of South America, that, to make sure you see everything, you must plan your trip properly. So, continue reading this article and find out which are the best places to visit in Uruguay.

1- Explore the Charming Historic Center of Montevideo

Montevideo Boulevard by @drone5uru

Home to almost half of the country’s population, Montevideo is an explosive place to visit. Filled with art and culture and presenting a nightlife that is hard not to enjoy, Uruguay’s capital has a very colorful soul. But there is nothing more beautiful than its historic center. Stroll its beautiful streets, get closer to its history, and let the delicious local cuisine amaze your tasting buds.

Beautiful #CiudadVieja in Montevideo @uruguay

2- Take a Scenic Road Trip Through Uruguay’s Vineyards and Taste the Best Tannat

Whether you are a wine aficionado or you want to find out about the world’s most delicious wine, the beautiful vineyards, where the typical Uruguayan wine is made, are some of the best places to visit in Uruguay. Admire the stunning landscapes and enjoy the tasty Tannat, a well-known Uruguayan red wine.

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Narbona Winery & Wine lodge by @narbonawinelodge #relaischateaux

3- Enjoy Lovely Horseback Riding Sessions at a Countryside Farm

There is nothing more relaxing than visiting one of the many delightful Uruguayan farms that offer tourist accommodation. While indulging in the delicious tranquility, take advantage and enjoy a breathtaking horseback riding session. If you love nature and peacefulness, the countryside is definitely one of the best places to visit in Uruguay.

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Horsebackriding by @uruguay

4- Unwind on the beautiful Punta del Este Beach

For a bit of pampering and luxury, go to Punta del Este beach. Also known as the Monaco or Saint-Tropez of South America, this beautiful and fancy beach is always filled with rich tourists or locals admiring the lavish yachts, enjoying the casinos, and the high-end cocktail bars. Whether you want to explore the lavish world and enjoy its perks, or you want to relax on the beach and admire the world go by, Punta del Este beach is a must when visiting Uruguay.

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Playa Mansa (calm beach) in Punta del Este, one of the beaches on one side of the Peninsula. The flat sea is perfect for families and swimming. 📸by @mauromaiani

5- Taste Francis Mallmann’s Famous “Fires” at the Garzon Restaurant

Francis Mallmann has three famous restaurants, and one of them is in the delightful village of Garzón, Uruguay. Garzon Restaurant is not only one of the best places to visit in Uruguay, but it is also considered by many among the top 10 places to eat in the world. Go to the tiny Uruguayan village and indulge in the delicious dishes of the chef who introduced the world to the traditional fire-cooking techniques.

Lunch in the vineyards of # BodegaGarzón 🍷

6- Wander Around Colonia del Sacramento

To observe an enchanting colonial architecture and urban landscape, wander around charming Colonia del Sacramento. Its historic quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is surrounded by the city walls, taking you back in time when you stroll its lovely streets.

The stone streets of Colonia del Sacramento and its architecture portray a period of the territorial dispute between Portuguese and sponges. Walking through its historic center is like going back to the past.


7- Get Lost in Cabo Polonio

Hike from Valizas to Cabo Polonio along the beach, or take the special transport that takes you to this mesmerizing protected area. Once there, catch a glimpse of the big lighthouse and admire the beauty of the small ranches. Don’t miss seeing the sea lions that can be observed in their natural habitat, next to the lighthouse.

Imagine a quiet place, with little structure, where cars do not enter and the electricity only comes through generators and solar panels. Would you travel to such a place? This is the magic of Cabo Polonio.
📸 @viajeibonito

These are the 7 reasons why you must add Uruguay to your next trip to South America. But Uruguay hides many more incredible things to do and see. So, pack your bags, and get ready for the time of your life!

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Clara Barciela ❣️⁠
Founding Partner & Director Across Argentina & South America
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