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With centuries-old colonial towns, picturesque beaches, a lively cultural scene, diverse wildlife and rolling countryside, Uruguay is a small country with plenty to offer. Colonized by the Portuguese and Spanish, the country possesses a distinct European heritage while remaining proud of its South American roots.
Getting around Uruguay is made easy by a large intercity bus network, which covers most of the places that you’ll want to visit, though renting a car and taking road trips is also an option in this compact country.
Start in the capital, Montevideo, a city built on the shores of the Rio de la Plata (River Plate). Admire the grand 18th- and 19th-century colonial architecture of the Ciudad Vieja (Old Town). Stroll along the waterfront promenade, lined with public parks and exclusive neighborhoods. Be part of one of the world’s longest carnival celebrations beginning in late January and ending in early March. Tour the bodegas of the nearby Canelones wine region.
Travel along the west coast to Uruguay’s oldest settlement, Colonia del Sacramento. Explore museums set in pastel-colored houses and wander cobblestone streets, which have changed little since the 1700s. Take time out in the tranquil riverside town of Carmelo then head north to Tacuarembo to experience gaucho (cowboy) culture at its finest.
Make a move for Uruguay’s many miles of beaches in the hot summertime. Punta del Este offers watersports and nightlife, while celebrities frequent Jose Ignacio. In the Rocha province you’ll find La Paloma and Punta del Diablo, beach towns favored by bohemians, backpackers and surfers.
For wildlife and nature lovers, there is plenty to see. Ride on horseback through the Quebrada de los Cuervos (Gorge of the Crows). Spot rare and native birds at natural reserves such as the Santa Teresa National Park. Visit the Atlantic coast from July through October for the chance to spot migrating southern right whales.
Uruguay is known as being one of the safest South American countries and its warm-temperate climate makes it pleasant to visit at any time of the year.
This family-friendly Montevideo hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 10-minute walk of Castillo Pittamiglio and Punta Carretas Shopping Mall. Ombu Tree and Club de Golf del Uruguay are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Punta Carretas, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museo Zorrilla, Club de Golf del Uruguay, and Faro de Punta Carretas. Punta Carretas Shopping Mall and Castillo Pittamiglio are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Offering direct access to the beach, this San Rafael hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Punta Shopping Mall and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Supermarket. Brava Beach and Mansa Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Downtown Montevideo, this hotel is steps from Auditorio Nacional del Sodre, Radisson Victoria Plaza Casino, and Independencia Square. Puerta de la Ciudadela and Mausoleo de Artigas are also within 5 minutes.
Located in Carrasco, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Roosevelt Park and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Sofitel Montevideo Casino. Science and Space Museum and Plaza de La Armada are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Piriapolis Beach and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Cerro del Toro. San Antonio Hill and Castle Piria are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in Pocitos, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Naval Museum, Puerto del Buceo Marina, and World Trade Center. Pocitos Beach and Montevideo Shopping Mall are also within 15 minutes.
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Piriapolis Beach and San Antonio Hill. Cerro del Toro and SOS Rescate Fauna Marina are also within 3 mi (5 km).