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See colonial Colonia

Uruguay’s oldest city and a Unesco world heritage site, Colonia del Sacramento is less than an hour from Buenos Aires by ferry. Settled by the Portuguese and twice conquered by the Spanish, this picturesque riverside town has remarkably well-preserved colonial houses and cobbled streets. Day trips or overnight stays can be arranged to explore the historic centre.

Enjoy the capital, Montevideo

The vibrant capital city has an old historic centre and a waterfront promenade along the River Plate. Visit the famous old wrought-iron port market, Mercado del Puerto, offering delicious steaks at one of its grill stalls or restaurants, before browsing the little shops selling antiques, books and crafts. In the evening, listen to traditional live music, such as tango, and sample fine local wines.

Relax in coastal resorts

East of Montevideo, the Atlantic coastline offers miles of sandy beaches, dunes, nature reserves and coastal resorts. Glamorous Punta del Este has a glitzy nightlife, while the former fishing village of José Ignacio is a relaxed and up-and-coming retreat surrounded by lagoons.

Uncover Uruguay’s interior

Inland from the coast, the less-explored rural interior consists of rolling plains and forested hills. Here, the pastoral charms of the countryside can be experienced with a stay at a historic working ranch, where Uruguayan gauchos ride horses and herd the cattle. Native forests, rivers and numerous lagoons offer excellent birdwatching opportunities.

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