Uruguay Luxury Travel and Vacation Guide

 

 Uruguay is a very tiny South American country with loads of attraction. There are two rainy seasons and the weather is usually hot. With charming colonial towns and renowned beach resorts, you will find plenty of things to see and do. Most of the land in this country is used for grazing sheep and cattle. You will find many opportunities for water sports and thermal baths at Termas de Guaviyú. Dune walking is very popular in the remote area of Cabo Polonia.

Uruguay Attractions

Visit Colonia Suiza to experience the true atmosphere of a colonial city and one that produces most of the dairy products in the country. Aguas Dulces is very quiet fishing village where you can have a relaxing vacation.

City of Montevideo

Montevideo is the capital of Uruguay and is a very picturesque city with its Spanish, Italian and Art Deco styles. The Ciudad Vieja is the old part of the port and the Plaza Independencia is the grandest of the squares in the city. There is an enormous statue of the national hero in this square and the Palacio Salva, which was the tallest building in South American when it was built in 1927. The Museo Historico Nacional consists of four homes that are filled with historical artifacts, giving you a look at what life was like here in colonial times. You can learn about the gaucho past of the country at the Museo del Gaucho y de la Moneda and you just have to visit the lively market of Feria de Tristán Narvaja, where there are many souvenirs and crafts.

The Uruguay Riviera

This is the most westernized part of the country located just east of Montevideo. There are many beach resorts and tourist areas in this region. Along with the many water sports, you can take a climbing expedition up Cerro Pan de Azucar or visit the picturesque town of Minas, which is set in the wooded hills. Punta del Este is one of the most glamorous resorts in South America and Isla de Lobos has the ruins of an 18th century fortress.

Travel to and within Uruguay

The international airport at Montevideo receives flights from many international airports. There are buses that travel to and from Argentina and Brazil and the roads are good if you wish to drive there yourself. There is also a ferry service between Colonia and Buenos Aires.

There are no domestic flights within the country, but the buses do travel to all parts of the country. Outside Montevideo, driving is hazardous on the mountain roads.

Uruguay Language

English is widely spoken as well as Amerindian dialects, Hindi, Creole and Urdu

Safety

Uruguay is another country where homosexuality is illegal and carries a life sentence in prison. It is involved in a border dispute with both Venezuela and Suriname. There are riots and crime and since the police force is corrupt, it is a very dangerous place to visit.

Urugay Food and Drink

The majority of restaurants in this country are grill rooms where you can get the national dish,? asado, which is barbequed beef. Just about all dishes contain beef, such as ribs, boneless beef, rump steak and fillet steak. Other dishes are chicken cooked in wine, barbequed pork and stew. The wines of Uruguay are of good quality and the popular drink is medio-medio- half white wine and half champagne. Local drinks include cana, grappa and locally distilled beer.

Shopping

Suede jackets, amethyst jewelery and paintings from Uruguay are the popular items that tourists like to buy. The Tristan Antique Market is the place where you can get fantastic antiques at bargain prices. Stores open at 9 in the morning and close at noon for a twp-hour lunch. They reopen at 2 and close again at 7. On Saturdays the stores open from 9 to 12:30 p.m.

Urugay Entertainment

Enjoy theatre, ballet and the symphony in Montevideo and there are many discos and dinner locations. There are also several casinos where you can try your luck
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