Uruguay Overview

Uruguay, the second smallest country in South America after Suriname, is located in the southeastern part of South America. It is bordered by Brazil and Argentina. Montevideo is the country’s capital city and where around 50 per cent of where the total population lives.

Montevideo is a modern city offering a variety of things to do for the visitor. There are many cultural attractions such as theatres, art galleries and museums in the downtown area on and around Avenida 18 de Julio. Here you will also find the main shopping district but you should also visit the delightful Ciudad Vieja (Old Town) with its 18th century architecture.

Elsewhere in Uruguay, there are some great beaches such as Punta del Este, Uruguay’s premiere beach resort. From here, you can take a trip to Lobo Island to see sea lions. Those interested in history shouldn’t miss Colonia del Sacramento, once a Portuguese settlement founded in 1680 and now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Accommodation in Uruguay

For accommodation, Uruguay caters for all budgets. All the main international hotel chains have hotels located here, but there are plenty of guest houses and small boutique hotels to be found, particularly in the beach areas. Estancias (guest ranches) are popular and often cheaper than hotels.

Airport in Uruguay

Most people coming to Uruguay fly into Montevideo Carrasco Airport. Those coming from Europe can fly via Madrid or from the United States via Washington or Miami. It is also possible to arrive by land by car or bus from Argentina or Brazil or even by ferry from Buenos Aires in Argentina into the port at Montevideo.