Uruguay, official the Eastern Republic of Uruguay, is located on the south-eastern region of South America, bordered by Argentina to the west, Brazil to the north and east, and Atlantic Ocean to the south and southeast. Its capital and largest city is Montevideo, and covers an area of approximately 176,000km2, making it the second smallest country in South America, after Suriname.
What to see & do
This Latin American country, although overlooked in favour of its larger and more popular neighbours, is a delightful place to visit. Montevideo, its capital, has many sights that tourists will appreciate such as the historic Old City. One going through its gate by the huge wall will see towering buildings in the modern district and the traditional feel of the colonial architecture. Museums and galleries displaying various cultural treasures can be seen here. Performances from the Philharmonic Orchestra, theatres, and even comedians can be found here, giving a well-rounded immersion in the historical part of the city.
Those who want to see more historic structures can turn to Colonia del Sacramento, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The rough-hewn facade of the walls harks back to 1680 when Portugal strove to protect their territory from Spain. Tourists going here will also see a fusion of Portuguese, Spanish, and other post-colonial styles in the city. This makes the site a treasure to behold, especially for history buffs.
Camping under the Uruguay sky is possible when one goes to Santa Teresa National Park. The nature sights can be relaxing, which lies between Laguna Negra and the coast. Wildlife spotting can also be done here, with flocks of flamingos, capybaras, and other species. The highlight of a trip here is Fortaleza de Santa Teresa. It was built by the Portuguese and finished by the Spaniards.
Cabo Polonio is also a destination to look forward to. The windswept coast, sand dunes, and the clear waters make such a beautiful backdrop. One can go back to the plains from there for a horseback-riding experience with the gauchos or Uruguyuan cowboys. A meal can follow where one can taste the famous asados or barbecues. Well-beloved in Uruguay, these steak dishes can be a delight to try for those who love meat dishes. Those looking for other options, on the other hand, can choose between various dishes such as empanadas Gallegas, pascualina, the grilled provolone cheese, or the pizza por metro.
How to get around within Uruguay
Although there are no railways in Uruguay, travellers who want to explore the beauty of the country can choose the extensive bus network. The COPSA and COT are the chief operators, which board passengers going to various towns and cities. Metered taxis are also widely available in Uruguay with additional charges for passengers with a large amount of baggage or for those travelling at night. Although drivers often have a working knowledge of English, it is still better to have a Spanish phrase book within reach.
Travellers who would like to drive can do so, with more caution for those who want to go beyond the city limits. Some of the roads are underdeveloped, especially in rural areas. Uruguayan drivers are also apt to be a bit careless on the road, so one must watch out to keep driving smoothly.
How to get there
Tourists interested in going to Uruguay can book flights going to Carrasco International Airport. Airlines serving here are: Aerolíneas Argentinas, Air Europa, Air France, Amaszonas, American Airlines, Avianca, BQB Lineas Aéreas, Copa Airlines, Gol Airlines, Iberia, LAN Airlines, and TAM Airlines.
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