Uruguay is a country that is relatively new to my list. While I don’t know much about it, there is a lot that I am interested to discover.
It was hard to find much information on the South American country, so if you’ve been there or know someone who has, let me know. I’d love to discover more about it. But, for now, here’s why it’s on my list of places to see.
The largest city, and capital of Uruguay, is definitely a place I will have to visit, as I feel visiting cities is a great way to experience culture. With waterfront restaurants, bars, and market shopping, this sounds like the place I need to be. In fact, I’m feeling a bit inspired by The New York Times article, 36 Hours in Montevideo.
Punta del Este
According to Trip Advisor, Punta del Este is the St. Tropez of Uruguay. That alone is reason enough for me to visit, but the real reason I must go is El Mano’ beach sculpture. Since I first saw a photo of it years ago, it’s what immediately comes to mind when I think of Uruguay.
Isla de Gorriti
This island, near Punta del Este, is supposed to be a tranquil place to soak up the sun. But, it’s also full of history. Several explorers, from Drake to Magellan, are said to have stopped here in the 1600 and 1700’s, and it used to also house a prison. If this was a place that explorers stopped, then the modern day explorer has to see what this island is all about.
Colonia del Sacramento
Cobbled stone streets and history are what would bring me to this town that was once a Portuguese, and then Spanish colony (Lonely Planet). This city has a lot to offer, but I love the colonial feel of the buildings and see myself strolling up and down the streets for hours.
I still feel as though there is so much more to learn about this country, and I am intrigued by the lack of information I was able to discover. All of this makes me even more curious to see what Uruguay would have to offer.