Uruguay

Must see locations, events and places to travel and enjoy in Uruguay.

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Punta del Este – Uruguay

Uruguay’s Glamorous Summer Scene

“Punta” is the quintessential jet-set mecca for South America’s elite, a former colonial town whose top-drawer restaurants and clubs vie with the continent’s finest. Revered for its long stretches of white sandy beach and elegant designer boutiques, this is a fashionable see-and-be-seen summer desti­nation, where sun worship is the primary activity. To escape its rash of high-rise condos and stellar prices, some travelers now opt for the neighboring areas of Punta Ballena and Barra de Maldonado.

Day trips to the offshore Isla Gorriti and Isla de Lobos offer another temporary escape from the gorgeous thonged crowds. La Posta del Cangrejo, one of Uruguay’s loveliest hotels, in the slightly less-congested Barra de Maldonado, offers in­formal Mediterranean-style luxury. Despite its Oceanside location, there is something of an elegant farmhouse ambience in the white stucco walls, terra-cotta floors, and hand-stenciled guest rooms with canopied beds. Barefoot relaxation is encouraged by a staff truly fond of their special hotel.

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Colonia del Sacramento – Uruguay

One of the Continent’s Least-Known Treasures

Situated on the littoral west of Montevideo and surrounded by rolling gaucho country, Colonia is the unappreciated gem of Uruguay. The sycamore-shaded cobbled streets of the Barrio Histórico, this small town’s colonial core, is one of the loveliest and more carefully restored urban areas on the continent. Founded by the Portuguese, coveted by the British, Spanish, and later the Brazilians, Colonia is a charming collection of whitewashed buildings, tile-and-stucco homes, and Uruguay’s oldest church. There are a number of small museums and good restaurants – but altogether little indi­cation of the 21st, or even 20th, century. For the moment. On weekends Argentines from nearby Buenos Aires breeze in on the hydrofoil for the day. A stay at the charming 19th-century Hotel Plaza Mayor will draw you gently into the past; its flowering patio and indigenous-looking guest rooms are what discerning travelers hope for.