A small country in South America, bordered by Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay is a favourite for ranch life, beaches and meat! For many visitors from Europe there is something familiar about the country with it’s agricultural and green countryside with sheep and cows. The British built a railway here in 1867 connecting the capital Montevideo with the country.
Rolling hills and lush pastures are best explored on horseback and you can stay at many of the colonial estancias which have guest rooms. Take part in daily ranch life or enjoy the surroundings. A short ferry ride from Buenos Aires in Argentina, is Colonia del Sacramento, founded by Portuguese settles in 1680. There are colonial buildings and preserved historical sites here on a small peninsula jutting into Rio de la Plata.
In Montevideo you will find a mix of culture from Spain, Italy and France, plus English and Art Deco styles. There is a 19th century market building near the docks which is a carnivore’s dream! Many restaurants offer grilled meat around the waterfront.
Out of the cities, drive along the coast road stretching east of Mondevideo with small bays and beaches with hills and forests surrounding you. The resort of Punta del Este is a favourite sunny spot and further east you can enjoy a quiet kayak paddle surrounded by birdlife. If you want to enjoy a classic self drive, head on the Route 7 towards Melo in the heart of cattle ranch country past vineyards and orchards towards the Brazilian border.
Taste a Medio y medio wine cocktail, visit museums and cobbled streets or hang out with the stars at Punta del Este. Whatever takes your fancy let me tailor make a holiday or honeymoon to Uruguay for a different face of Latin America!