Uruguay Travel Guide

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Salvo building, Montevideo

Salvo building, Montevideo

Leonardo Tumonis Mendes

Uruguay is a small, yet prosperous country sandwiched between Argentina and Brazil in the heart of South America. It is basically a European country, since the majority of its citizens are descended from Spaniards, Italian and Portuguess immigrants. Spanish is the official language their second language is English. Uruguay is more upscale with less poverty and strife than other Soth American Countries. Montevideo seems safer than other South American capitals. The "old city", Ciudad Vieja, has many colonial buildings that are now museums, art galleries, antique shops and restaurants. For nature lovers, the Eastern Wetlands contain swamps, lagoons, marshes, and streams with hundreds of bird species. UNESCO has declared the area a biosphere reserve. There are plenty of canoeing and fishing opportunities in both Uruguay and "Rio Negro," Black River.

The most popular Uruguayan destination is Punta del este, with the Atlantic on one side and the River Plate on the other. It is an expensive jet set center for nightlife, casinos, and nightclubs .Estancias, rural estates that are working ranches, are located throughout the country if you want a gaucho experience. Beef lovers will delight in grilled asado eaten in restaurants known as parrilladas or asados. Italian restaurants are everywhere. Try to rent a car to get to see the sights.

White sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean east of Montevideo compose Uruguay's version of the Italian and French Rivieras. This coastline stretches to the Brazilian border and holds some of the most impressive seaside resorts in South America. Colonia del sacramento is a coastal town just west of Montevideo and across the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Charming Colonia, a legacy of the Portuguese colony, is an amazing historical site from the 17th century. Its Barrio Historico district is the perfect place for a scenic walking tour to see the colonial houses lining the area's cobblestone streets. Uruguay may be small in size, but the country is big in friendliness. The Uruguayans enjoy welcoming visitors from all over the world who travel to their sunny shores. Uruguay is a country full of history, its diversity of people makes it a welcoming place for everyone. Uruguay holds a place for all kinds of individuals.

Helpful guide: If you want to see some of Uruguay’s history visit Colonia Del Sacramento and its main city Montevideo which hold tons of historical building. Uruguay’s cost is surrounded by outstanding beaches.   Punta Del Este has an remarkable night life is full with exquisite shops.

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