Uruguay Travel Guide

Use this Footprint Uruguay travel guide to plan your trip to a South American land of rolling hills. Montevideo, the capital and main port, is refurbishing its historical centre to match the smart seaside neighbourhoods, but it's far removed from the cattle ranches of the interior. West of Montevideo is Colonia del Sacramento, a former smuggling town turned gambling centre, and a colonial gem. Up the Río Uruguay there are pleasant towns, some with bridges to Argentina, some with thermal springs. If crowds are not your cup of mate (the universal beverage), venture up the coast towards Brazil for empty beaches and fishing villages, sea lions and penguins.

Uruguay Travel Guide Highlights
Uruguay Travel Guide Montevideo
Explore the capital's historic old city and the superb eateries of Mercado del Puerto on the dockside.
Uruguay Travel Guide Punta del Este
Punta del Este
Offering superb beaches, this is one of the most famous resorts on the continent.
Uruguay Travel Guide Colonia del Sacarmento
Colonia del Sacramento
Founded in 1680, this is a charmingly old-fashioned town with an interesting Barrio Histórico.
Uruguay Travel Guide Horse Riding
Horse riding
Uruguay is best explored on horseback and many estancias (farms) offer riding to their guests.


This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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