SA Sunday: Reasons to Head to Uruguay.

SA Sunday: Reasons to Head to Uruguay.

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.

Montevideo

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.

Photo Credit: Lonely Planet

Photo Credit: Lonely Planet

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.

Photo Credit: Lonely Planet

Photo Credit: Lonely Planet

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.

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Comments (14)

  1. Raul (@ilivetotravel in Twitter)

    In South America south of RIo, Punta del Este is the “IT” spot to go to the beach. I have always heard about it but have never made it there – Buenos Aires is too distracting for me to ever cross the Río de la Plata to make it to Uruguay. But your post makes me want to re-consider that!

    1. The World Wanderer

      I had no idea! Well, Raul, I hope you do go there one day. I hope I make it too. 🙂

  2. Charu

    What a great reason to visit Uruguay…I would love to see El Mano! Thanks for bringing this place to my attention. …amazing how many countries are under the radar, and time is SO short.

    1. The World Wanderer

      I completely agree, Charu! I think I’m going to start making a real effort to head to all the ones under the radar first. 🙂

  3. Kieu ~ GQ trippin

    Making me want to go to Uruguay!

    1. The World Wanderer

      I know, the more of these posts that I write, the more I want to go to all of these places sooner rather than later.

  4. @mrsoaroundworld

    Oh my, this beauuty is on my list!!

  5. Leah Travels

    So much to do and so little time. Sign me up for Uruguay. I love SA Sundays!

  6. Pola (@jettingaround)

    I’m headed to Uruguay soon and just can’t wait. I’m still planning the itinerary beyond Montevideo, so this is very helpful. 🙂

  7. the lazy travelers

    ok fine, we’re convinced. when should we go? perhaps you can work your croatian love magic on someone there and land us a free trip? hope to it.

  8. the lazy travelers

    ok fine, we’re convinced. when should we go? perhaps you can work your croatian love magic on someone there and land us a free trip? hop to it.

  9. Fiona

    Uruguay is not a country that tops my list when I think about travel to South America – thanks for putting it on the map with this post – I had no idea that it was once a Spanish and Portuguese colony!

  10. Rand (@Well Traveled Mile)

    Don’t forget about Punta del Diablo! That place is an amazing and tranquil beach town, I had a great time there and it only take a few hours on bus from Montevideo.

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