Uruguay Holidays - Diminutive yet wonderfully diverse

Tiny Uruguay has been a well-kept secret for many years, frequented mostly by visitors from the two vast countries to the north and south, Argentina and Brazil, and has been mostly overlooked by tourists from Europe.

However, that has started to change as their currency has weakened, making the country more affordable, despite its reputation as the ‘Switzerland’ of the continent. Uruguay shares a passion for football and gaucho culture with its neighbours. It’s also home to some wonderful stretches of deserted beaches and a burgeoning wine industry, perfect for Uruguay holidays. Combine this with some great sites for wildlife-spotting (especially birds), superb steaks and buzzing nightlife, and this diminutive, urbane nation has a little something for everyone.

Easily accessed across the River Plate from Buenos Aires is the sleek capital Montevideo, whose vibrant urban culture is worthy of a day or two’s stopover. Explore the recently restored old city whilst on your Uruguay holiday, as well as the newly spruced-up Mercado del Puerto, where you can enjoy enormous steaks or a chivito (possibly one of the largest sandwiches you’ll ever see). Colonia del Sacramento is Uruguay’s biggest draw for visitors thanks to its attractive cobbled streets and colonial houses. Despite often being crowded in peak season, it’s worth spending a day or two to explore this cute town on the banks of the river.

Surf and beach lovers can head either to the sophisticated nightlife of Punta del Este, the ‘St Tropez of South America’. For something decidedly more understated, head a couple of hours north to José Ignacio to stay in chic, laid-back beachside B&Bs. Even further north, the glamour gives way to simple fishing villages and deserted stretches of coast, which are a haven for wildlife and birds on Uruguay holidays. However, if its peace and quiet you are after then it is worth avoiding the seasonal influx of visitors to the coast during the main holidays between December and February.

We can offer you a real insight into this often-overlooked small South American country, from unique design hotels along the undeveloped coast north of Punta del Este, to local cattle festivals to celebrate Uruguay’s traditional farming culture, to a wine route taking in some of the country’s newly established producers. We can take you into the wetlands on bird-watching trips or into the interior to ride with the hardy gauchos on the estancias. Whether you want a short break on the coast after a long South American tour or are looking to explore somewhere different, we’ll show you the best that a Uruguay holiday has to offer.

We would love to hear from you. To find out more about tailormade Uruguay holidays, or to obtain inspiration for a holiday, please contact us by phone or e-mail, or complete our online enquiry form.


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Montevideo

Just a few hours by high speed hydrofoil takes you from the centre of Buenos Aires to the heart of Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo, an eclectic mix of fine architecture, cultural heritage and great beaches.
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Colonia del Sacramento

Just a few hours by high speed hydrofoil takes you from the centre of Buenos Aires to the heart of its pretty old colonial centre, Colonia del Sacramento, a perfect taste of Uruguay’s history.
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Uruguay riding holidays

Gallop along the deserted Emerald Coast beaches on horseback from traditional estancias, through pasturelands, wetlands, freshwater lagoons and palm groves to the beautiful and deserted Emerald Coast.
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Coastal escapes

Punta del Este may be South America’s most sophisticated coastal resort, but further along its coast towards the Brazilian border lie some sleepy coastal towns and villages for laid-back tranquil days.
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Emerald Coast

Gallop along deserted Emerald Coast beaches on horseback for some beautiful riding and winter sun – this small but diverse country was made for riding.
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Gourmet Montevideo

Not for the faint-hearted (or indeed for vegetarians) are Uruguay’s most famous gourmet treats.
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‘Greetings. this has turned out to be a paradise in so many ways....so a big thank you from us.

Wonderful support from your company over here....we were met at the airport (with flowers!!!!!) and introduced to our personal guide who is fabulous. Can't get over the attention to detail ....cool flannels, chilled water, fresh juice on arrival, bag full of thoughtful goodies for our trip, wonderful rooms with bathrooms bigger than our bedroom at home(!) and we were upgraded to a suite and as I write we are listening to tropical birdsong as we look out over the lagoon from our balcony. Wow!!!!!

I could go on but I'll spare you.

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Judy and Mike’

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