Things to See and Do When in Uruguay

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Whenever someone talks about great places to visit in South America, it seems that Uruguay is often overlooked. While the neighboring countries of Brazil and Argentina get a lot more attention, Uruguay is an equally unique and fascinating place to go. It might be one of the smallest countries on the continent, but Uruguay is certainly not a country that should be overlooked. No matter what you like doing most and what your favorite pastimes are, you will certainly find something interesting and unique to do in Uruguay.

Are there any nice beaches?

There are many fantastic beaches in Uruguay, it just depends on what you are looking to find.

GoLivingIn Punta Del Este Uruguay

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If you are young and all about excitement, then the aforementioned Punta Del Este is ideal. But if you are looking to chill out and enjoy the scenery in a more relaxing atmosphere, Colonia del Sacramento is ideal. Not only are the beaches plentiful and serene, the city itself is amazing for sightseeing and spending a weekend exploring its beautiful cobblestone streets and historic neighborhoods.

Can I surf in Uruguay?

Of course you can surf in Uruguay. The ultimate spot for surfing is a small fishing village called Punta del Diablo. If you are all about catching waves and don’t want to be distracted by other activities, this is the perfect spot. Stay in a comfy cabin right on the shoreline or camp out on the beach. Surfers from all around the globe consider this small town to be one of the absolute best spots on South America to ride giant waves throughout the summer.

What’s the country’s most important city?

If you want to take a break from the sun and do some great city sightseeing, the capital Montevideo is the perfect place to go. The historic Old Town offers incredible sights to behold; historical landmarks, museums, markets, churches, old traditional homes and a huge selection of exquisite restaurants with great local cuisine to try. If you’re a soccer fan, you won’t want to miss the Museo del Futbol and Centennial Stadium, which was built in the 1930s and has hosted a World Cup.

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Photography by Mike Disharoon

Where can I go out?

If you are looking for the best nightlife options in Uruguay, you can’t really go wrong with Punta del Este. Enjoy the sun and beaches during the day, and then head out on the town for a wild night in some of the most electric clubs and bars this side of the hemisphere.

Even people from Brazil and Argentina have been known to regularly visit Punta del Este for vacation.

Are there any great spots for relaxing?

Even though the beaches seem to be a huge draw for many, Uruguay is mostly made up of farmlands and has a very strong agricultural culture. Estancia is a perfect countryside destination if you are looking to unwind and relax in the gorgeous farmlands of Uruguay. Stay at an old farmhouse and enjoy incredibly tasty home-cooked meals around the clock. You can even take some horse riding lessons from a true South American cowboy, known as a gaucho.

For anyone who wants to find a relaxing city to stay in, Salto could be an ideal option. Enjoy the picturesque settings while having lunch in an outdoor café or enjoying a coffee out in the open. The city also has a tremendous zoo, where you can take the kids to see over 150 different species of animals that they might never get a chance to see on other continents. If you want to go for the full relaxing effect, then you can visit the nearby Termas del Arapey. These hot springs are internationally known for being incredibly therapeutic and it’s a perfect place to recharge your batteries while in Uruguay.

If you are looking for all of the benefits that come with staying in South America, but you would prefer a country that is less crowded and more relaxing than most other options, Uruguay is the perfect place for you.

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Miki Mo

I am a traveler. I have seen lots of places – from exotic Asia to sophisticated Europe! What makes me appreciate every place the most are the warm people who welcome me – and their willingness to show their culture and tradition! Most of the events I really love, involve feasts and celebrations – each country, each ethnic group has a unique way of celebrating nature, and each has unique tradition – which is such a magnificent scene to watch. Truly, there is a lot to learn in the world – a lot of things to explore, and the journey never ends, well, at least for me ☺


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