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Wedged like a grape between Brazil’s gargantuan thumb and Argentina’s long forefinger, Uruguay has always been something of an underdog. Yet after two centuries living in the shadow of its neighbours, South America’s smallest country is finally getting a little well-deserved recognition. Progressive, stable, safe and culturally sophisticated, Uruguay offers visitors opportunities to experience everyday ‘not made for tourists’ moments, whether caught in a cow-and-gaucho traffic jam on a dirt road to nowhere or strolling with mate-toting locals along Montevideo’s beachfront.
Here you will find fine steakhouses and old cafés and half a dozen good museums – including the excellent Museum of Carnival.
The Marvellous Atlantic Coast
The pounding heart of Uruguay’s summer scene, Punta del Este and satellite towns La Barra, Manantiales and Jose Ignacio are go-to beach destinations along the country’s Atlantic coast. Don’t miss the famous Punta del Diablo beach.
Colonia del Sacramento
A 17th-century convent, lighthouse and drawbridge form the heart of the UNESCO-protected Barrio Historico, while vintage automobiles lining quaint cobbled streets offer up a Havana-like ambience.
Located upriver and surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, visitors are entertained by water sports, golf, horse racing and polo.
Visa: British passport holders visiting for up to 90 days don’t need a visa.
Currency: Uruguayan peso
On this amazing adventure you will experience South America, Patagonia, the Falkland Islands and Antarctica. See penguins, seals and whales, take hikes on the frozen continent and kayak among icebergs.
Take the southern route from Buenos Aires to Lisbon and let Scenic Eclipse introduce you to the wonders of cruising. On this journey, days at sea are coupled with exciting port stops brimming with a host of all-inclusive shore excursions
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