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Uruguay’s vibrant culture and well-preserved nature offer a multitude of unique and memorable experiences. Uruguayan sunsets are best enjoyed at a lively Uruguayan party on a shimmering beach, or at the peak of a mountain. Of course major cities such as Montevideo offer the urban experience as well, so there is really no limit to the variety of ways to enjoy a trip to Uruguay.

The very favorable exchange rate between the Uruguayan peso and the US dollar makes it even easier to take advantage of the country’s offerings. One American dollar is roughly equal to 23.8 Uruguayan pesos. Although credit cards are often accepted, it is not difficult to find places to change money as well.

Flights to Uruguay can be found for as little as 0 during our summer months. In the winter it’s more expensive, starting around 00. Once within the country transportation is very affordable. Rental cars, which are a very efficient way of reaching the country’s many scattered sights, cost as little as a day which includes unlimited mileage and accommodations for children. Uruguay Rental Car is a dependable, convenient company to use. The bus system in Montevideo is the cheapest option, costing around Uruguay’s vibrant culture and well-preserved nature offer a multitude of unique and memorable experiences. Uruguayan sunsets are best enjoyed at a lively Uruguayan party on a shimmering beach, or at the peak of a mountain. Of course major cities such as Montevideo offer the urban experience as well, so there is really no limit to the variety of ways to enjoy a trip to Uruguay.

The very favorable exchange rate between the Uruguayan peso and the US dollar makes it even easier to take advantage of the country’s offerings. One American dollar is roughly equal to 23.8 Uruguayan pesos. Although credit cards are often accepted, it is not difficult to find places to change money as well.

Flights to Uruguay can be found for as little as 0 during our summer months. In the winter it’s more expensive, starting around 00. Once within the country transportation is very affordable. Rental cars, which are a very efficient way of reaching the country’s many scattered sights, cost as little as a day which includes unlimited mileage and accommodations for children. Uruguay Rental Car is a dependable, convenient company to use. The bus system in Montevideo is the cheapest option, costing around << The very favorable exchange rate between the Uruguayan peso and the US dollar makes it even easier to take advantage of the country’s offerings. One American dollar is roughly equal to 23.8 Uruguayan pesos. Although credit cards are often accepted, it is not difficult to find places to change money as well.

Flights to Uruguay can be found for as little as 0 during our summer months. In the winter it’s more expensive, starting around 00. Once within the country transportation is very affordable. Rental cars, which are a very efficient way of reaching the country’s many scattered sights, cost as little as a day which includes unlimited mileage and accommodations for children. Uruguay Rental Car is a dependable, convenient company to use. The bus system in Montevideo is the cheapest option, costing around << The very favorable exchange rate between the Uruguayan peso and the US dollar makes it even easier to take advantage of the country’s offerings. One American dollar is roughly equal to 23.8 Uruguayan pesos. Although credit cards are often accepted, it is not difficult to find places to change money as well.

Flights to Uruguay can be found for as little as $350 during our summer months. In the winter it’s more expensive, starting around $1100. Once within the country transportation is very affordable. Rental cars, which are a very efficient way of reaching the country’s many scattered sights, cost as little as $40 a day which includes unlimited mileage and accommodations for children. Uruguay Rental Car is a dependable, convenient company to use. The bus system in Montevideo is the cheapest option, costing around $0.60 per ride. They are also reliable and run late into the night.

There are a variety of hotels throughout the country. In Montevideo, the Radisson has a lot to offer at the very reasonable average room rate of $150 a night. The hotel is known for its friendly staff, spacious rooms, and quality food. Added features that come highly recommended are the hotel’s private casino and Health Club. Another well-known place to stay in Montevideo is the Pocitos Plaza Hotel. Its close proximity to the beach and shopping mall makes it a great choice. The service is very attentive, especially to families, and the food is high quality. With an average room rate of just $49 it is not too expensive to accommodate the whole family as well. In the Punta del Este, a region in the southern part of Uruguay known for its glamorous visitors and often referred to as “the St. Tropez of Latin America,” it is possible to rub elbows with the likes of Naomi Campbell and Gisele Bündchen. The Hotel San Rafael is another comfortable, luxurious option in the area. With an average rate of $60 a night for a room, guests have access to indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, sauna, gym, gardens, tennis courts, water sports, horseback riding, golf, a nightclub, and excellent service. For even lower rates ($50 on average), the Terraza del Mar Hotel offers not only a great place to stay while in Punta del Este but also facilitates adventures to all the surrounding attractions. Although the hotel has facilities for sports such as golf, tennis, mountain biking, horseback riding, and hang gliding, it is also located near many natural attractions which make its offerings especially extensive. With a gorgeous beach, guests wishing for a more active experience than lounging in the white sand and swimming in the calm ocean have the option to water-ski, windsurf, surf, dive, and in some areas fish. The nearby Laguna del Sauce provides a secluded, peaceful space in which to do the same. Gorriti Island and Wolf Island also have gorgeous beaches, and provide a good view of the local marine life. Nearby mountains provide hiking opportunities, as does the beautiful Lussich Forest. It also caters well to families and has large rooms, several fine restaurants, and a jazz club. If you are looking for a simpler, more low-cost experience, there are hostels such as Ciudad Vieja Hostel and Red Hostel in Montevideo.

The national dish of Uruguay, barbecued meat (known as churrasco), in various styles, is served almost everywhere. For vegetarians, ravioli is also widely available, often costing around $11. Another favorite dish, often found in bars, is known as chivito and consists of meat, potatoes, fried eggs, ham, cheese, and mayonnaise. It can be enjoyed for around $7. Uruguayan cuisine bears many Spanish influences, making a meat stew, known as puchero, a popular dish. Seafood is widely eaten as well. A popular fine restaurant is La Huella, a beachside café in Jose Ignacio offering sushi, pizza, meats, fish, and vegetable dishes. Munching on some fresh fish to the mingled sounds of the ocean and tribal music, the relaxing ambience is only enhanced by the price of the entrees that usually falls between $10 and $18. A great place for vegetarians is (coincidentally) La Vegetariana, with three locations in the country. For about $4.50 it is an all you can eat buffet including drinks and dessert. Another way to get great, inexpensive food in large quantities is to go to the Mercado del Puerto. A favorite spot for locals, this is a public space packed with people, live music performances, and “parrilladas” (barbecues) on Saturday afternoons. Steak and medio medio (a 50-50 mix of champagne and white wine) are common purchases at this market, and meals generally run between $10 and $20. Colonia del Sacramento, a 17th century Portuguese settlement of ten-blocks filled with restaurants, provides a similar atmosphere to the Mercado del Puerto. Pizzerias abound here, and prices tend to fall below those at Mercado del Puerto, generally around $4. There are many other types of Uruguayan drinks in addition to medio medio. Yerba mate, a kind of tea, is very common. It is not often served in restaurants but rather brewed and enjoyed at private social gatherings, costing about $3.50 for a box. Uruguay’s reputation for fine wines is steadily growing, particularly those made from the Tannat grape. A drink called clericó consisting of white wine and fruit juice is popular, as is white mixed with sparkling wine. Uruguayan beer is also highly recommended.

For a more in depth experience with Uruguayan wine, visit a winery. Half-day excursions include either lunch or dinner, live cultural performances, tours of the vineyards, wine tasting, and rides on several antique cars they own. Beautiful natural surroundings enhance the overall experience as well.

There are several places to visit in Uruguay offering a wide variety of activities. Punta del Este is the area most frequented by celebrities due to its vibrant nightlife. More than 100 hotels with charming Latin architecture, 80 restaurants, and numerous clubs and live music on the beaches all contribute. Set on the Rio de la Plata, it offers beautiful wide, white sand beaches, some perfect for swimming and others for surfing (both with spectacular sunsets). Punta del Este is conveniently located for day trips to the mountains to hike, fish, and windsurf, and boat trips to see sea lions, play golf, horseback ride, and visit different beaches. Known for its cave system, Las Grutas Beach is can be lots of fun to explore, and offers live music, gym equipment, internet access, and entertainment right on the beach. Nearby Jose Ignacio is also a good place to go to see some local architecture and eat some fresh seafood .

Not quite as glamorous but certainly no less beautiful is Villa Serrana. Strolling through this old European village is the best way to enjoy its colorful stonework, although if you venture out to the nearby countryside or lake and waterfall, hiking and horseback riding may be more appropriate. Piri?polis is a good alternative to Punta del Este as well, with equally beautiful beaches and green, rolling hills but a more laid back atmosphere. The native animal life is more diverse as well, including penguins, vultures, ostriches, owls, and stags, all inhabiting a nature reserve. The town also boasts good shopping, an historical mansion turned art museum, and fabulous cuisine.

Just outside Punta del Este is the charming El Centinella Horse Farm. Run by a very friendly, hospitable family, on this beautiful mountainside sits an adobe farmhouse full of antiques. They serve lunch and high tea from their home, and take tourists out on horseback rides, hiking trips, and to the river to swim, canoe, kayak, or fish.

For a more urban experience, Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo, has a variety of opportunities. It is known for being clean, safe, and easy to navigate. The area known as Ciudad Vieja is especially interesting, full of antique shops, cafes, monuments, and museums. Additionally, there is a Sunday flea market called Feria de Trist?n Narvaja that is worth visitng.

The vibrant Uruguayan culture is open for enjoyment by tourists as well. Public festivals are held throughout the year, and various flea markets throughout the country sell antiques and crafts. Montevideo’s seaport and the Rambla esplanade are good places to take evening strolls and observe local life. The city’s cultural diversity displays itself prominently in its architecture, featuring colonial Spanish, Italian, and Art Deco styles. The Tambo el Sociego Dairy Farm provides a good view of the agricultural tradition of the country. It offers free guided tours, horseback riding, and samples of their fresh products. Right outside of Punta del Este is the Casa Pueblo art museum, featuring the work of prominent Uruguayan artists. The architecture of the building is art in itself, made of adobe, characterized by interesting curves that fit the surrounding rock formations, and designed by a famous Uruguayan architect.

For a brief escape from civilization, Uruguay’s stunning natural beauty provides many different types of entertainment. Cabo Polonio, a small, undeveloped village, is a good base for many different types of natural adventures. Four wheel drive expeditions across the sand dunes and trips to see the lighthouse, colony of 500 sea lions, wild horses, and beautiful beaches make for excitement during the day, while beachside drinks and fresh fish make the nights memorable as well. Horseback riding trips cost about $75 per person for the day. Tours through the area, which showcase its vegetation, birds, dunes, lagoons, streams, beaches, quarries, and animals cost about $65 per person and include a homemade breakfast and transportation. Another center of Uruguay’s natural beauty is Monte Los Ombues, a beautiful reed lined saltwater canal that goes through cattle fields and provides views of various aquatic birds. It is named, however, for the Ombues trees that grow alongside it in interesting twisted shapes. Other sites of natural beauty are Salto de Penitente, a beautiful waterfall in the countryside, Gorriti Island, a great place for fishing, and Lobo Island, home to hundreds of sea lions.

After enjoying the peace of nature during the day, the Uruguayan nightlife is a good way to shake things up. Barbecues, dancing, bars, 24-hour gambling, movies, concerts, theater, and ballet all provide exciting nights. Uruguayans are known for their penchant for a good time, and will be eager to show you one too.

Uruguayan’s are very proud of their country, and therefore eager to show a visitor all its best attributes. Whether it is the natural beauty, cultural celebrations, exciting sports and leisure activities, or vibrant nightlife, you will surely be welcomed to immerse yourself completely in all the experiences offered in Uruguay. EOD;.60 per ride. They are also reliable and run late into the night.

There are a variety of hotels throughout the country. In Montevideo, the Radisson has a lot to offer at the very reasonable average room rate of 0 a night. The hotel is known for its friendly staff, spacious rooms, and quality food. Added features that come highly recommended are the hotel’s private casino and Health Club. Another well-known place to stay in Montevideo is the Pocitos Plaza Hotel. Its close proximity to the beach and shopping mall makes it a great choice. The service is very attentive, especially to families, and the food is high quality. With an average room rate of just it is not too expensive to accommodate the whole family as well. In the Punta del Este, a region in the southern part of Uruguay known for its glamorous visitors and often referred to as “the St. Tropez of Latin America,” it is possible to rub elbows with the likes of Naomi Campbell and Gisele Bündchen. The Hotel San Rafael is another comfortable, luxurious option in the area. With an average rate of a night for a room, guests have access to indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, sauna, gym, gardens, tennis courts, water sports, horseback riding, golf, a nightclub, and excellent service. For even lower rates ( on average), the Terraza del Mar Hotel offers not only a great place to stay while in Punta del Este but also facilitates adventures to all the surrounding attractions. Although the hotel has facilities for sports such as golf, tennis, mountain biking, horseback riding, and hang gliding, it is also located near many natural attractions which make its offerings especially extensive. With a gorgeous beach, guests wishing for a more active experience than lounging in the white sand and swimming in the calm ocean have the option to water-ski, windsurf, surf, dive, and in some areas fish. The nearby Laguna del Sauce provides a secluded, peaceful space in which to do the same. Gorriti Island and Wolf Island also have gorgeous beaches, and provide a good view of the local marine life. Nearby mountains provide hiking opportunities, as does the beautiful Lussich Forest. It also caters well to families and has large rooms, several fine restaurants, and a jazz club. If you are looking for a simpler, more low-cost experience, there are hostels such as Ciudad Vieja Hostel and Red Hostel in Montevideo.

The national dish of Uruguay, barbecued meat (known as churrasco), in various styles, is served almost everywhere. For vegetarians, ravioli is also widely available, often costing around . Another favorite dish, often found in bars, is known as chivito and consists of meat, potatoes, fried eggs, ham, cheese, and mayonnaise. It can be enjoyed for around . Uruguayan cuisine bears many Spanish influences, making a meat stew, known as puchero, a popular dish. Seafood is widely eaten as well. A popular fine restaurant is La Huella, a beachside café in Jose Ignacio offering sushi, pizza, meats, fish, and vegetable dishes. Munching on some fresh fish to the mingled sounds of the ocean and tribal music, the relaxing ambience is only enhanced by the price of the entrees that usually falls between and . A great place for vegetarians is (coincidentally) La Vegetariana, with three locations in the country. For about .50 it is an all you can eat buffet including drinks and dessert. Another way to get great, inexpensive food in large quantities is to go to the Mercado del Puerto. A favorite spot for locals, this is a public space packed with people, live music performances, and “parrilladas” (barbecues) on Saturday afternoons. Steak and medio medio (a 50-50 mix of champagne and white wine) are common purchases at this market, and meals generally run between and . Colonia del Sacramento, a 17th century Portuguese settlement of ten-blocks filled with restaurants, provides a similar atmosphere to the Mercado del Puerto. Pizzerias abound here, and prices tend to fall below those at Mercado del Puerto, generally around . There are many other types of Uruguayan drinks in addition to medio medio. Yerba mate, a kind of tea, is very common. It is not often served in restaurants but rather brewed and enjoyed at private social gatherings, costing about .50 for a box. Uruguay’s reputation for fine wines is steadily growing, particularly those made from the Tannat grape. A drink called clericó consisting of white wine and fruit juice is popular, as is white mixed with sparkling wine. Uruguayan beer is also highly recommended.

For a more in depth experience with Uruguayan wine, visit a winery. Half-day excursions include either lunch or dinner, live cultural performances, tours of the vineyards, wine tasting, and rides on several antique cars they own. Beautiful natural surroundings enhance the overall experience as well.

There are several places to visit in Uruguay offering a wide variety of activities. Punta del Este is the area most frequented by celebrities due to its vibrant nightlife. More than 100 hotels with charming Latin architecture, 80 restaurants, and numerous clubs and live music on the beaches all contribute. Set on the Rio de la Plata, it offers beautiful wide, white sand beaches, some perfect for swimming and others for surfing (both with spectacular sunsets). Punta del Este is conveniently located for day trips to the mountains to hike, fish, and windsurf, and boat trips to see sea lions, play golf, horseback ride, and visit different beaches. Known for its cave system, Las Grutas Beach is can be lots of fun to explore, and offers live music, gym equipment, internet access, and entertainment right on the beach. Nearby Jose Ignacio is also a good place to go to see some local architecture and eat some fresh seafood .

Not quite as glamorous but certainly no less beautiful is Villa Serrana. Strolling through this old European village is the best way to enjoy its colorful stonework, although if you venture out to the nearby countryside or lake and waterfall, hiking and horseback riding may be more appropriate. Piriolis is a good alternative to Punta del Este as well, with equally beautiful beaches and green, rolling hills but a more laid back atmosphere. The native animal life is more diverse as well, including penguins, vultures, ostriches, owls, and stags, all inhabiting a nature reserve. The town also boasts good shopping, an historical mansion turned art museum, and fabulous cuisine.

Just outside Punta del Este is the charming El Centinella Horse Farm. Run by a very friendly, hospitable family, on this beautiful mountainside sits an adobe farmhouse full of antiques. They serve lunch and high tea from their home, and take tourists out on horseback rides, hiking trips, and to the river to swim, canoe, kayak, or fish.

For a more urban experience, Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo, has a variety of opportunities. It is known for being clean, safe, and easy to navigate. The area known as Ciudad Vieja is especially interesting, full of antique shops, cafes, monuments, and museums. Additionally, there is a Sunday flea market called Feria de Trist Narvaja that is worth visitng.

The vibrant Uruguayan culture is open for enjoyment by tourists as well. Public festivals are held throughout the year, and various flea markets throughout the country sell antiques and crafts. Montevideo’s seaport and the Rambla esplanade are good places to take evening strolls and observe local life. The city’s cultural diversity displays itself prominently in its architecture, featuring colonial Spanish, Italian, and Art Deco styles. The Tambo el Sociego Dairy Farm provides a good view of the agricultural tradition of the country. It offers free guided tours, horseback riding, and samples of their fresh products. Right outside of Punta del Este is the Casa Pueblo art museum, featuring the work of prominent Uruguayan artists. The architecture of the building is art in itself, made of adobe, characterized by interesting curves that fit the surrounding rock formations, and designed by a famous Uruguayan architect.

For a brief escape from civilization, Uruguay’s stunning natural beauty provides many different types of entertainment. Cabo Polonio, a small, undeveloped village, is a good base for many different types of natural adventures. Four wheel drive expeditions across the sand dunes and trips to see the lighthouse, colony of 500 sea lions, wild horses, and beautiful beaches make for excitement during the day, while beachside drinks and fresh fish make the nights memorable as well. Horseback riding trips cost about per person for the day. Tours through the area, which showcase its vegetation, birds, dunes, lagoons, streams, beaches, quarries, and animals cost about per person and include a homemade breakfast and transportation. Another center of Uruguay’s natural beauty is Monte Los Ombues, a beautiful reed lined saltwater canal that goes through cattle fields and provides views of various aquatic birds. It is named, however, for the Ombues trees that grow alongside it in interesting twisted shapes. Other sites of natural beauty are Salto de Penitente, a beautiful waterfall in the countryside, Gorriti Island, a great place for fishing, and Lobo Island, home to hundreds of sea lions.

After enjoying the peace of nature during the day, the Uruguayan nightlife is a good way to shake things up. Barbecues, dancing, bars, 24-hour gambling, movies, concerts, theater, and ballet all provide exciting nights. Uruguayans are known for their penchant for a good time, and will be eager to show you one too.

Uruguayan’s are very proud of their country, and therefore eager to show a visitor all its best attributes. Whether it is the natural beauty, cultural celebrations, exciting sports and leisure activities, or vibrant nightlife, you will surely be welcomed to immerse yourself completely in all the experiences offered in Uruguay.

EOD;.60 per ride. They are also reliable and run late into the night.

There are a variety of hotels throughout the country. In Montevideo, the Radisson has a lot to offer at the very reasonable average room rate of 0 a night. The hotel is known for its friendly staff, spacious rooms, and quality food. Added features that come highly recommended are the hotel’s private casino and Health Club. Another well-known place to stay in Montevideo is the Pocitos Plaza Hotel. Its close proximity to the beach and shopping mall makes it a great choice. The service is very attentive, especially to families, and the food is high quality. With an average room rate of just it is not too expensive to accommodate the whole family as well. In the Punta del Este, a region in the southern part of Uruguay known for its glamorous visitors and often referred to as “the St. Tropez of Latin America,” it is possible to rub elbows with the likes of Naomi Campbell and Gisele Bündchen. The Hotel San Rafael is another comfortable, luxurious option in the area. With an average rate of a night for a room, guests have access to indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, sauna, gym, gardens, tennis courts, water sports, horseback riding, golf, a nightclub, and excellent service. For even lower rates ( on average), the Terraza del Mar Hotel offers not only a great place to stay while in Punta del Este but also facilitates adventures to all the surrounding attractions. Although the hotel has facilities for sports such as golf, tennis, mountain biking, horseback riding, and hang gliding, it is also located near many natural attractions which make its offerings especially extensive. With a gorgeous beach, guests wishing for a more active experience than lounging in the white sand and swimming in the calm ocean have the option to water-ski, windsurf, surf, dive, and in some areas fish. The nearby Laguna del Sauce provides a secluded, peaceful space in which to do the same. Gorriti Island and Wolf Island also have gorgeous beaches, and provide a good view of the local marine life. Nearby mountains provide hiking opportunities, as does the beautiful Lussich Forest. It also caters well to families and has large rooms, several fine restaurants, and a jazz club. If you are looking for a simpler, more low-cost experience, there are hostels such as Ciudad Vieja Hostel and Red Hostel in Montevideo.

The national dish of Uruguay, barbecued meat (known as churrasco), in various styles, is served almost everywhere. For vegetarians, ravioli is also widely available, often costing around . Another favorite dish, often found in bars, is known as chivito and consists of meat, potatoes, fried eggs, ham, cheese, and mayonnaise. It can be enjoyed for around . Uruguayan cuisine bears many Spanish influences, making a meat stew, known as puchero, a popular dish. Seafood is widely eaten as well. A popular fine restaurant is La Huella, a beachside café in Jose Ignacio offering sushi, pizza, meats, fish, and vegetable dishes. Munching on some fresh fish to the mingled sounds of the ocean and tribal music, the relaxing ambience is only enhanced by the price of the entrees that usually falls between and . A great place for vegetarians is (coincidentally) La Vegetariana, with three locations in the country. For about .50 it is an all you can eat buffet including drinks and dessert. Another way to get great, inexpensive food in large quantities is to go to the Mercado del Puerto. A favorite spot for locals, this is a public space packed with people, live music performances, and “parrilladas” (barbecues) on Saturday afternoons. Steak and medio medio (a 50-50 mix of champagne and white wine) are common purchases at this market, and meals generally run between and . Colonia del Sacramento, a 17th century Portuguese settlement of ten-blocks filled with restaurants, provides a similar atmosphere to the Mercado del Puerto. Pizzerias abound here, and prices tend to fall below those at Mercado del Puerto, generally around . There are many other types of Uruguayan drinks in addition to medio medio. Yerba mate, a kind of tea, is very common. It is not often served in restaurants but rather brewed and enjoyed at private social gatherings, costing about .50 for a box. Uruguay’s reputation for fine wines is steadily growing, particularly those made from the Tannat grape. A drink called clericó consisting of white wine and fruit juice is popular, as is white mixed with sparkling wine. Uruguayan beer is also highly recommended.

For a more in depth experience with Uruguayan wine, visit a winery. Half-day excursions include either lunch or dinner, live cultural performances, tours of the vineyards, wine tasting, and rides on several antique cars they own. Beautiful natural surroundings enhance the overall experience as well.

There are several places to visit in Uruguay offering a wide variety of activities. Punta del Este is the area most frequented by celebrities due to its vibrant nightlife. More than 100 hotels with charming Latin architecture, 80 restaurants, and numerous clubs and live music on the beaches all contribute. Set on the Rio de la Plata, it offers beautiful wide, white sand beaches, some perfect for swimming and others for surfing (both with spectacular sunsets). Punta del Este is conveniently located for day trips to the mountains to hike, fish, and windsurf, and boat trips to see sea lions, play golf, horseback ride, and visit different beaches. Known for its cave system, Las Grutas Beach is can be lots of fun to explore, and offers live music, gym equipment, internet access, and entertainment right on the beach. Nearby Jose Ignacio is also a good place to go to see some local architecture and eat some fresh seafood .

Not quite as glamorous but certainly no less beautiful is Villa Serrana. Strolling through this old European village is the best way to enjoy its colorful stonework, although if you venture out to the nearby countryside or lake and waterfall, hiking and horseback riding may be more appropriate. Piriolis is a good alternative to Punta del Este as well, with equally beautiful beaches and green, rolling hills but a more laid back atmosphere. The native animal life is more diverse as well, including penguins, vultures, ostriches, owls, and stags, all inhabiting a nature reserve. The town also boasts good shopping, an historical mansion turned art museum, and fabulous cuisine.

Just outside Punta del Este is the charming El Centinella Horse Farm. Run by a very friendly, hospitable family, on this beautiful mountainside sits an adobe farmhouse full of antiques. They serve lunch and high tea from their home, and take tourists out on horseback rides, hiking trips, and to the river to swim, canoe, kayak, or fish.

For a more urban experience, Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo, has a variety of opportunities. It is known for being clean, safe, and easy to navigate. The area known as Ciudad Vieja is especially interesting, full of antique shops, cafes, monuments, and museums. Additionally, there is a Sunday flea market called Feria de Trist Narvaja that is worth visitng.

The vibrant Uruguayan culture is open for enjoyment by tourists as well. Public festivals are held throughout the year, and various flea markets throughout the country sell antiques and crafts. Montevideo’s seaport and the Rambla esplanade are good places to take evening strolls and observe local life. The city’s cultural diversity displays itself prominently in its architecture, featuring colonial Spanish, Italian, and Art Deco styles. The Tambo el Sociego Dairy Farm provides a good view of the agricultural tradition of the country. It offers free guided tours, horseback riding, and samples of their fresh products. Right outside of Punta del Este is the Casa Pueblo art museum, featuring the work of prominent Uruguayan artists. The architecture of the building is art in itself, made of adobe, characterized by interesting curves that fit the surrounding rock formations, and designed by a famous Uruguayan architect.

For a brief escape from civilization, Uruguay’s stunning natural beauty provides many different types of entertainment. Cabo Polonio, a small, undeveloped village, is a good base for many different types of natural adventures. Four wheel drive expeditions across the sand dunes and trips to see the lighthouse, colony of 500 sea lions, wild horses, and beautiful beaches make for excitement during the day, while beachside drinks and fresh fish make the nights memorable as well. Horseback riding trips cost about per person for the day. Tours through the area, which showcase its vegetation, birds, dunes, lagoons, streams, beaches, quarries, and animals cost about per person and include a homemade breakfast and transportation. Another center of Uruguay’s natural beauty is Monte Los Ombues, a beautiful reed lined saltwater canal that goes through cattle fields and provides views of various aquatic birds. It is named, however, for the Ombues trees that grow alongside it in interesting twisted shapes. Other sites of natural beauty are Salto de Penitente, a beautiful waterfall in the countryside, Gorriti Island, a great place for fishing, and Lobo Island, home to hundreds of sea lions.

After enjoying the peace of nature during the day, the Uruguayan nightlife is a good way to shake things up. Barbecues, dancing, bars, 24-hour gambling, movies, concerts, theater, and ballet all provide exciting nights. Uruguayans are known for their penchant for a good time, and will be eager to show you one too.

Uruguayan’s are very proud of their country, and therefore eager to show a visitor all its best attributes. Whether it is the natural beauty, cultural celebrations, exciting sports and leisure activities, or vibrant nightlife, you will surely be welcomed to immerse yourself completely in all the experiences offered in Uruguay. .60 per ride. They are also reliable and run late into the night.

There are a variety of hotels throughout the country. In Montevideo, the Radisson has a lot to offer at the very reasonable average room rate of 0 a night. The hotel is known for its friendly staff, spacious rooms, and quality food. Added features that come highly recommended are the hotel’s private casino and Health Club. Another well-known place to stay in Montevideo is the Pocitos Plaza Hotel. Its close proximity to the beach and shopping mall makes it a great choice. The service is very attentive, especially to families, and the food is high quality. With an average room rate of just it is not too expensive to accommodate the whole family as well. In the Punta del Este, a region in the southern part of Uruguay known for its glamorous visitors and often referred to as “the St. Tropez of Latin America,” it is possible to rub elbows with the likes of Naomi Campbell and Gisele Bündchen. The Hotel San Rafael is another comfortable, luxurious option in the area. With an average rate of a night for a room, guests have access to indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, sauna, gym, gardens, tennis courts, water sports, horseback riding, golf, a nightclub, and excellent service. For even lower rates ( on average), the Terraza del Mar Hotel offers not only a great place to stay while in Punta del Este but also facilitates adventures to all the surrounding attractions. Although the hotel has facilities for sports such as golf, tennis, mountain biking, horseback riding, and hang gliding, it is also located near many natural attractions which make its offerings especially extensive. With a gorgeous beach, guests wishing for a more active experience than lounging in the white sand and swimming in the calm ocean have the option to water-ski, windsurf, surf, dive, and in some areas fish. The nearby Laguna del Sauce provides a secluded, peaceful space in which to do the same. Gorriti Island and Wolf Island also have gorgeous beaches, and provide a good view of the local marine life. Nearby mountains provide hiking opportunities, as does the beautiful Lussich Forest. It also caters well to families and has large rooms, several fine restaurants, and a jazz club. If you are looking for a simpler, more low-cost experience, there are hostels such as Ciudad Vieja Hostel and Red Hostel in Montevideo.

The national dish of Uruguay, barbecued meat (known as churrasco), in various styles, is served almost everywhere. For vegetarians, ravioli is also widely available, often costing around . Another favorite dish, often found in bars, is known as chivito and consists of meat, potatoes, fried eggs, ham, cheese, and mayonnaise. It can be enjoyed for around . Uruguayan cuisine bears many Spanish influences, making a meat stew, known as puchero, a popular dish. Seafood is widely eaten as well. A popular fine restaurant is La Huella, a beachside café in Jose Ignacio offering sushi, pizza, meats, fish, and vegetable dishes. Munching on some fresh fish to the mingled sounds of the ocean and tribal music, the relaxing ambience is only enhanced by the price of the entrees that usually falls between and . A great place for vegetarians is (coincidentally) La Vegetariana, with three locations in the country. For about .50 it is an all you can eat buffet including drinks and dessert. Another way to get great, inexpensive food in large quantities is to go to the Mercado del Puerto. A favorite spot for locals, this is a public space packed with people, live music performances, and “parrilladas” (barbecues) on Saturday afternoons. Steak and medio medio (a 50-50 mix of champagne and white wine) are common purchases at this market, and meals generally run between and . Colonia del Sacramento, a 17th century Portuguese settlement of ten-blocks filled with restaurants, provides a similar atmosphere to the Mercado del Puerto. Pizzerias abound here, and prices tend to fall below those at Mercado del Puerto, generally around . There are many other types of Uruguayan drinks in addition to medio medio. Yerba mate, a kind of tea, is very common. It is not often served in restaurants but rather brewed and enjoyed at private social gatherings, costing about .50 for a box. Uruguay’s reputation for fine wines is steadily growing, particularly those made from the Tannat grape. A drink called clericó consisting of white wine and fruit juice is popular, as is white mixed with sparkling wine. Uruguayan beer is also highly recommended.

For a more in depth experience with Uruguayan wine, visit a winery. Half-day excursions include either lunch or dinner, live cultural performances, tours of the vineyards, wine tasting, and rides on several antique cars they own. Beautiful natural surroundings enhance the overall experience as well.

There are several places to visit in Uruguay offering a wide variety of activities. Punta del Este is the area most frequented by celebrities due to its vibrant nightlife. More than 100 hotels with charming Latin architecture, 80 restaurants, and numerous clubs and live music on the beaches all contribute. Set on the Rio de la Plata, it offers beautiful wide, white sand beaches, some perfect for swimming and others for surfing (both with spectacular sunsets). Punta del Este is conveniently located for day trips to the mountains to hike, fish, and windsurf, and boat trips to see sea lions, play golf, horseback ride, and visit different beaches. Known for its cave system, Las Grutas Beach is can be lots of fun to explore, and offers live music, gym equipment, internet access, and entertainment right on the beach. Nearby Jose Ignacio is also a good place to go to see some local architecture and eat some fresh seafood .

Not quite as glamorous but certainly no less beautiful is Villa Serrana. Strolling through this old European village is the best way to enjoy its colorful stonework, although if you venture out to the nearby countryside or lake and waterfall, hiking and horseback riding may be more appropriate. Piriolis is a good alternative to Punta del Este as well, with equally beautiful beaches and green, rolling hills but a more laid back atmosphere. The native animal life is more diverse as well, including penguins, vultures, ostriches, owls, and stags, all inhabiting a nature reserve. The town also boasts good shopping, an historical mansion turned art museum, and fabulous cuisine.

Just outside Punta del Este is the charming El Centinella Horse Farm. Run by a very friendly, hospitable family, on this beautiful mountainside sits an adobe farmhouse full of antiques. They serve lunch and high tea from their home, and take tourists out on horseback rides, hiking trips, and to the river to swim, canoe, kayak, or fish.

For a more urban experience, Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo, has a variety of opportunities. It is known for being clean, safe, and easy to navigate. The area known as Ciudad Vieja is especially interesting, full of antique shops, cafes, monuments, and museums. Additionally, there is a Sunday flea market called Feria de Trist Narvaja that is worth visitng.

The vibrant Uruguayan culture is open for enjoyment by tourists as well. Public festivals are held throughout the year, and various flea markets throughout the country sell antiques and crafts. Montevideo’s seaport and the Rambla esplanade are good places to take evening strolls and observe local life. The city’s cultural diversity displays itself prominently in its architecture, featuring colonial Spanish, Italian, and Art Deco styles. The Tambo el Sociego Dairy Farm provides a good view of the agricultural tradition of the country. It offers free guided tours, horseback riding, and samples of their fresh products. Right outside of Punta del Este is the Casa Pueblo art museum, featuring the work of prominent Uruguayan artists. The architecture of the building is art in itself, made of adobe, characterized by interesting curves that fit the surrounding rock formations, and designed by a famous Uruguayan architect.

For a brief escape from civilization, Uruguay’s stunning natural beauty provides many different types of entertainment. Cabo Polonio, a small, undeveloped village, is a good base for many different types of natural adventures. Four wheel drive expeditions across the sand dunes and trips to see the lighthouse, colony of 500 sea lions, wild horses, and beautiful beaches make for excitement during the day, while beachside drinks and fresh fish make the nights memorable as well. Horseback riding trips cost about per person for the day. Tours through the area, which showcase its vegetation, birds, dunes, lagoons, streams, beaches, quarries, and animals cost about per person and include a homemade breakfast and transportation. Another center of Uruguay’s natural beauty is Monte Los Ombues, a beautiful reed lined saltwater canal that goes through cattle fields and provides views of various aquatic birds. It is named, however, for the Ombues trees that grow alongside it in interesting twisted shapes. Other sites of natural beauty are Salto de Penitente, a beautiful waterfall in the countryside, Gorriti Island, a great place for fishing, and Lobo Island, home to hundreds of sea lions.

After enjoying the peace of nature during the day, the Uruguayan nightlife is a good way to shake things up. Barbecues, dancing, bars, 24-hour gambling, movies, concerts, theater, and ballet all provide exciting nights. Uruguayans are known for their penchant for a good time, and will be eager to show you one too.

Uruguayan’s are very proud of their country, and therefore eager to show a visitor all its best attributes. Whether it is the natural beauty, cultural celebrations, exciting sports and leisure activities, or vibrant nightlife, you will surely be welcomed to immerse yourself completely in all the experiences offered in Uruguay.

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