Top 5 Places to Visit in Uruguay

Argentina and Uruguay are currently enjoying the end of their summer season, so why not make the most of the last beautiful warm days and, take advantage of a less crowded destination by visiting Uruguay and discovering the scenic, tranquil or popular beaches and towns of Uruguay for a unique travelling experience in South America.

Top 5 places to visit in Uruguay:

1. Colonia del Sacramento

is a top destination due to its closeness to its famous neighbour  Buenos Aires on the other side of the Rio de la Plata. While sightseeing in Colonia you can discover the hidden treasures of the  UNESCO World Heritage Site with its churches, various museums, ancient houses, cobbled streets, river promenade and, antique Plaza de Toros (bullring) . The easiest way to visit it is to book a day tour of Colonia from Buenos Aires, which takes 1hr on the fast boat or 3hrs on the slow boat. You can buy the whole tour package including city tour or lunch, or just the boat tickets to discover Colonia by yourself.  If you want to travel for a few days across Uruguay, Colonia is a wonderful starting point to continue across the Ruta 1 to Montevideo.

Historical street in Colonia

Historical street in Colonia

 

2. Montevideo

The capital of Uruguay, is like the little sister of Buenos Aires. A beautiful capital with European and colonial architecture and even some similarities to the Porteño culture. Montevideo has however, a more peaceful and gentle environment surrounding even the busiest areas. Some of ontevideo top landmarks include the old city quarter, the Puerta de la Ciudadela, the Teatro Solis, the Parque Rodó. You can’t miss the Rambla, a wonderful promenade with more than 13km of white sandy beaches where the river begins to mix up with the Atlantic Ocean making it a very attractive place to relax, play sports and perfect to enjoy the sunset. Visiting Montevideo from Buenos Aires in one day is possible by taking a 3hr direct boat from Buenos Aires or, if you plan to stay for longer to enjoy the tranquil lifestyle of the capital, you can take a cheaper package with direct boat to Colonia (1 or 3hours ride) and take a direct transfer by bus from Colonia to Uruguay (2.5hr ride).

Downtown-view-from-Rodo-park

Downtown-view-from-Rodo-park

 

3. Punta del Este

Located 130Km from Montevideo, it is the Argentine’s favourite summer destination and lately it has proved popular with Brazilians arriving on Cruise ships.  It has drawn comparisons to the St.Tropez of South America for its modern and stylish character as well as its beautiful beaches. Walking down Avenida Gorlero you will find the best shops and where you will be able to see the port, the boulevards, the lighthouse and the Plaza with its Crafts Fair. If you want to enjoy some fashion style vacations with a mix of fun, good parties and a beach, this is the perfect destination for you.  If you are staying in Montevideo you can take a day tour to Punta del Este to visit its main landmarks or if you prefer to go straight there, you can take a direct boat from Buenos Aires to Colonia or Montevideo with a direct transfer to Punta del Este. There are also affordable flights to the Carrasco Airport, located 30mins from Montevideo and 1hr from Punta del Este by car.

Punta-del-este-port

Punta-del-este-port

4. The Rocha Coast

Is a famous destination for its natural beaches that honour the national slogan of Uruguay Natural.  Places such as La Paloma, Cabo Polonio and La Pedrera are the favourites of different tourist groups such as, families, backpackers, surfers and young adults. Cabo Polonio is a special experience as it still remains as a fishing village with a lack of electricity or running water creating, a romantic, exotic and relaxed atmosphere. La Pedrera is perfect if you enjoy surfing or want to start learning how to catch the perfect wave; it also has one of the best beaches on the whole coast. The biggest is La Paloma, a small city that sits alongside nice wide beaches, with all the comforts that a tourist may need and the only ATM in the area.

Sand-Dunes-in-Cabo-Polonio

Sand-Dunes-in-Cabo-Polonio

 

5. Piriapolis

Is a beach resort preferred by the Argentineans, but also a wonderful destination if you are looking for a tranquil weekend escape. Apart from its Greek-style promenade and wide white beach, one of the most famous attractions of Piriapolis is the Sugar Loaf Mountain (Cerro Pan de Azucar), one of Uruguay’s highest mountains. From the top you get endless views of the coastline and the very authentic natural gaucho landscape. You can buy day tours to Piriapolis from Montevideo including boat tickets and hotel at very affordable prices, or just rent a car in Montevideo and have an adventure discovering the magic offered by the Uruguayan landscape and its well maintained roads.

Piriapolis

Piriapolis

 

Consult us for tour packages to any destination in Uruguay, boat tickets, car rentals or any other special service to discover this beautiful country. So what are you waiting for? If you have already made it to this part of the continent, don’t think about it twice. Make space in your itinerary to get to know the best of Uruguay and allow yourself to fall in love!

If you are looking for tours and activities in Buenos Aires during the summer, visit our official website www.bsas4u.com
All of the pictures are from Flickr

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