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Nestling in the south-eastern region of South America lies Uruguay, a country sometimes unfairly overlooked because of the neighbouring tourist hubs of Brazil and Argentina.
Often regarded as ‘the Switzerland of South America’, Uruguay not only boasts an awe-inspiring landscape but also a well-developed economy and the most liberal laws in Latin America.
The capital city, Montevideo is a must see. It is a vibrant blend of neoclassical buildings, theatres, shopping centres as well as a downtown business district.
One of the city's most notable sights is the Casa Rivera. It is the former home of Uruguay’s first president but is now part of the National History Museum and houses an impressive collection of paintings, furniture and artefacts dating back to the nation’s indigenous roots.
Aspiring playwrights should make the pilgrimage to the impressive Teatro Solis, the country’s finest and oldest performance space which was first opened in 1856.
Montevideo's gastronomic centre is the Mercado del Puerto. Once an old port building, it has since been transformed into a magnificent, bustling food market filled with talented street musicians and artists.
Photographers will be in their element with a visit to Colonia del Sacramento, situated around 180 kilometres west of the capital. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site listed town, it boasts incredibly picturesque surroundings, namely long cobbled streets, a gorgeous riverside and fascinating 17th Century convent ruins.
As you would expect, the gaucho culture is ever-present in Uruguay and is passionately celebrated during the Fiesta de la Patria Gaucha in Tacuarembo during March. The festival involves an exciting display of rodeos, parades and folk music performances.
One of the country’s most iconic sights is ‘La Mana’ (The Hand) on Punta del Este’s Brava beach. It is an enormous sculpture of fingertips protruding from the sand, whilst the beach itself is an ideal place to drink in wonderful sunsets and relax in luxury seafront homes.
You can sail from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Uruguay with frequent crossings to Colonia del Sacramento and slightly less frequent crossings to Montevideo.
comfortable,clean,fast,quiet ,it was on the time!!Read More Read Less
"From Uruguay to Argentina "
Smooth as silk in business class. Next time we will try first class but actually regulars seem just as niceRead More Read Less
"Buenos Aires to Colonia"
The boat was fast and perfectly adequate and comfortable and it was on time in both directions. My reason for travel was as a tourist doing a day trip to Colonia from Buenos Aires. I got the 8.15am boat and returned at 8.30 in the evening (arriving at 9.45pm or so). I realise that the ferries serve locals as well as day trippers but this did make for a very long day, and for anyone looking to do the same, the sights of Colonia could probably be squeezed into 4-5 hours and you could get the earlier boat back. ANother point to note is that the Colonia Ferry Terminal is based a little way out of the centre of town - allow 15-20 minutes in a taxi from San Martin Square where I was staying. I was wondering how I would get back into town but there is a taxi queue outside the Colonia Express ferry terminal with taxis meeting the later boat. The rival Buquebus service goes from a ferry terminal which is Much closer to the centre of town which one could potentially walk to, although the ferry times are similar.Read More Read Less
"Swift, problemfree ferry ride"
I got ferry tickets to travel from Buenos Aires in Argentina to Colonia in Uruguay online from directferries.com. I paid about 25% less then I would have if I had bought them directly from the ferry company. I was a bit worried initially that the email proof of purchase might not be accepted in Argentina but everything went seamlessly and I had a very enjoyable day trip to Uruguay. Would highly recommend.Read More Read Less
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