3,505,337 million people
Uruguayo Peso
Flight time
14 hours and 12 minutes from the UK
time difference
GMT -3 hours
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Introducing Uruguay

Even though Uruguay is a relatively small nation, it can provide a wide variety of cultural and personal experiences. Beyond the stunning sandy beaches and upscale resorts that are popular in the summer, there are seaside nature preserves and marshes that are charming and quintessentially South American. The country’s cultural centre is located in its capital, Montevideo, but one of the most charming colonial villages is the ancient Colonia. The interior of this quaint village is made up of cattle farms, grasslands, and vineyards that produce top-notch regional wines.


Uruguay, the second-smallest nation in South America, is situated on the Atlantic Ocean and is surrounded by Brazil and Argentina. Most of the nation is made up of land only a few hundred feet above sea level, as well as lush forests. Mount Cathedral, at 1,685 feet, is the highest point in Uruguay (514 meters).


The months of November through to February, which are considered Uruguay’s summer, are the ideal times to travel to this wonderful destination. The temperature ranges from 72°F and 84°F, which is comfortable. During this time, it is also ideal to visit the amazing beach resorts.


Uruguayan cuisine has been influenced by immigrants from France, Spain, Portugal and Italy. This can be seen in the country’s agricultural products, such as grass-fed beef, dairy, vegetables, and fruits like quince, apples, peaches, melons, and tangerines.

Some of their staple foods include:

Asado: melt in your mouth BBQed beef cooked on eucalyptus wood embers

Gnocchi: this potato dumpling is referred to as “tuco” thanks to the sauce it is served with, which is tomato and beef, resembling a Bolognese. It can also be enjoyed with four-cheese sauce, pesto, or Pomodoro sauce.

Choripan: A wonderful hot dog made with chorizo, with two thirds beef and one third pork, which is smoked and cooked slowly on wood embers.

Uruguayans Pamplona: this delightful dish is made from cutlets of beef, chicken, or pork filled with cooked ham, bacon, mozzarella cheese, red peppers, and olives. The Pamplona is then rolled and cooked on the barbecue or baked in the oven. Serve with a refreshing salad or pasta.

History and Culture

Most Uruguayans, like their neighbours in Argentina, are descended from immigrants who came to the nation in the 19th and 20th centuries from Spain and Italy. Roman Catholicism predominates, although Montevideo, the country’s capital, is home to one of South America’s smallest but largest Jewish communities.

While the country was founded by Europeans in 1516, the Portuguese inhabited it in 1680. The Spanish established Montevideo and seized power in 1726.

Later, Uruguayans would fight against Argentine and Brazilian colonisation. A treaty in 1828 established Uruguay as a separate country, with its first constitution adopted in 1830.


Some amazing spots to enjoy with your family include:
Lecocq Zoo is another location that merits a visit. This zoo, which is around 10 kilometres from the city, is 120 hectares in size. Over 500 animals from 33 different species reside there in delightful surroundings close to their native habitat. Visitors to this zoo can view a wide variety of animals there, including llamas, zebras, capybaras, foxes, deer, monkeys, armadillos, ostriches, coatis, and otters.

Blu Park in Montevideo is a well-known amusement park, which leads guests to a huge square adorned with rocks and waterfalls. The square offers a wide variety of entertainment. There is a racing track, a dancing attraction with upbeat Hispanic sounds, and a Dinopark for young children to enjoy.

in Salto enjoy several waterfalls, a jacuzzi, pools with artificial waves, as well as entertainment activities and relaxing treatments with all the family.

An undiscovered land with impressive vineyards, stunning beaches and charming towns and villages.

Top Locations in Uruguay

The Neoclassical and Colonial styles of architecture, as well as African and Modern European influences, are all mixed together in Uruguay's capital. A wonderful example of the appearance and atmosphere you'll encounter when exploring Montevideo's streets is the Legislative Palace, which is constructed of nearly 30 different types and hues of marble, and Palacio Salvo, which houses the Tango Museum of Montevideo.
The main draw of Colonia is its historic district, or barrios, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The barrio, which is centred on a tree-lined square and is surrounded by cobbled streets, is home to several historical sites, including a convent from the 17th century, a municipal museum that displays artefacts from Colonia's past, a wooden bridge, and the Basilica of the Holy Sacrament, which was constructed by Portuguese settlers in the early 19th century.
Punta del Diablo
Natural coastal hikes in the morning are popular here, but more audacious travellers can leave the town and travel all the way to Santa Teresa National Park, a heavily wooded seaside reserve with a large camp site, a number of wildlife, and several beaches, including Playa del Barco and Playa Achiras, where opportunities for surfing and windsurfing draw lots of tourists.
Hot Springs
With Termas del Arapey and Termas del Dayman, Uruguay has a significant number of termas (hot springs). The oldest thermal resort is Arapey, which has natural spring waters with a temperature of up to 39 degrees Celsius and offers medicinal benefits. The location provides lots of open areas and parkland to connect with nature.

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