Whilst smaller in landmass and with fewer tourist drawcards than its South American neighbors, Uruguay’s accessibility, contrasting cities and a range of attractions set amongst a more relaxed atmosphere make it a worthy side trip for short or extended stays.
Situated just across the River Plate from Buenos Aires, tourists are drawn to the historically intriguing town of Colonia, the eclectic capital of Montevideo and the beautiful Atlantic beach resorts such as the exclusive Punta del Este.
Uruguay Tour Highlights
Punta del Este
Getting to Uruguay
There are no direct flights from Australia or New Zealand to Uruguay, as you will go via Santiago, Chile or Buenos Aires, Argentina. You will then get a connecting flight from Santiago or Buenos Aires to the country’s capital of Montevideo or the city of Punta Del Este.
Uruguay has an exceptionally fine temperate climate, with mild summers and winters and distinct seasons. Summer is from December to March and is the most pleasant time.
Step back time to the charming town of Colonia, Uruguay’s oldest city. It was once under Spanish and Portuguese rule and has the well preserved buildings perfectly lined cobblestone streets to prove it.
Montevideo has a cosmopolitan atmosphere without the hustle and bustle of a larger city. the country’s capital has plenty to offer in the way of picturesque avenues, promenades, shopping centres and a wealth of restaurants.
Punta del Este
Exclusive, luxury and glamorous are three words that describe Punta del Este. Here you will find seaside homes, yacht harbour, high rise apartments and a platter of restaurants.