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Things to Do in Uruguay
Want to know some of the standout things to do in Uruguay? Then have a look through our handpicked suggestions below...
1. Colonia del Sacramento
Established by the Portuguese in 1680, Colonia del Sacramento is the oldest town in Uruguay. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the cobble-stoned, terrain-hugging streets are a fascinating mixture of Portuguese and Spanish colonial styles.
2. Mercado del Puerto, Montevideo
This wrought-iron structure in the center of the capital provides a mouthwatering opportunity to sample authentic Uruguayan cuisine. Once a train station, the market is now more of a food hall and one of the highlights of Montevideo's Ciudad Vieja.
3. Punta del Este
'South America's Monaco' splits the Rio de la Plata from the Atlantic Ocean with beautiful beaches as far as the eye can see. Local seafood fills the menus of the dizzying array of restaurants and, later on, there are invariably plenty of all-night beach parties.
4. Torres Garcia Museum, Montevideo
Joaquin Torres Garcia was Uruguay's greatest artist and pioneer of modernism; this free museum in Montevideo's Ciudad Vieja gives you the chance to enjoy his stunning murals and constructivist pieces.
5. The Gaucho Lifestyle
Just as integral to South American culture as the cowboy is in the North, gauchos have herded cattle across the pampas since the 19th century. With much of Uruguay's interior still farmed by gauchos, travelers can enjoy a taste of rural living while visiting one of the many estancias (ranches).