The Ultimate Travel Guide to Uruguay

Uruguay

Small but sophisticated, this South American country dazzles with gorgeous beaches and a strong sense of history.

Wedged between Argentina and Brazil, Uruguay is one of South America’s most progressive countries, with a democratic government and a relatively accepting world view. For visitors, this translates into a welcoming, stress-free adventure marked by vibrant urban centers like the capital of Montevideo as well as the dune-lined beaches of the South Atlantic. Underappreciated but overflowing with charm, Uruguay belongs on your travel bucket list.

travel tips

When to go

Uruguay has a temperate, subtropical climate. Its popular coastal region is mild year round, with temps ranging from 50°F to 80°F. Between December and February, the country is packed with tourists and Carnaval revelers, making it a fun but crazy-busy time to visit. Avoid the crowds by visiting in April, when the beaches are all but empty and the ocean is warmest.

Transportation

Government-run buses are common in larger cities such as Montevideo and Salto.

Insider tips

  • Soccer is a way of life in Uruguay. The country’s national team made it to the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup.
  • Try a yerba maté. The bitter herbal tea is the unofficial national drink of Uruguay.
  • Like Argentina, Uruguay’s neighbor to the west, red wine and steak dominate the country’s cuisine.

top attractions

Colonia del Sacramento

One of Uruguay’s oldest cities, Colonia del Sacramento is a UNESCO-certified showstopper.

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Montevideo

Uruguay’s waterside capital is high on culture and low on stress.

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Punta del Diablo

A former fishing village turned summer playground.

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featured properties

Radisson Hotel Colonia del Sacramento

Located one block from Colonia del Sacramento’s historical district, Radisson Hotel Colonia del Sacramento features stunning bay views, a beautiful heated pool, free Wi-Fi and parking, fitness center, and an on-site restaurant with Uruguayan and international cuisine.

Radisson Montevideo Victoria Plaza Hotel

Located within walking distance from Ciudad Vieja and the famous Rambla boardwalk, Radisson Montevideo Victoria Plaza Hotel is sure to please any traveler. Try your luck in the on-site casino, dine in one of the three on-site restaurants, relax in the on-site spa, or get a workout in at the fitness center.

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