Saddle up with the gauchos and explore Uruguay’s open plains the traditional way: on horseback. Spend the day trotting through rugged terrain, trade stories around the campfire and kick back under a blanket of stars. There are plenty of estancias throughout the expansive Uruguayan countryside where you can get an authentic taste of gaucho life.
For a change of pace, stay in the cosmopolitan capital of Montevideo. Wander through a hotchpotch of colonial and European buildings in the Old Town, where narrow streets give way to open squares. The vibrant Mercado del Puerto is well worth a visit. A bustling market full of sights, sounds and flavours to excite the senses. Wafts of barbecued meat entice while numerous cafés and bars jostle for your attention. Take a stroll down the Rambla, the longest promenade in the world, and see the sunset over the Rio de la Plata.
What you do next is up to you. Head to Colonia del Sacramento; a historic treasure home to cobbled streets lined with cosy restaurants. Or spend some time in Punta del Este, or one of the quieter resorts, soaking up the sun on the beach or windsurfing on the clear Atlantic water.
When to go
If you’re sticking more to the cultural sites and cities then it’s possible to visit Uruguay all-year round. If you’re heading to the coast, you’ll find the best weather and temperatures from November to February.