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Uruguay isn't much in the public eye, but it's one of the safest countries in South America.
Uruguay is one of the least visited countries in South America. It lacks an absolute tourist highlight, so it is often skipped. This is unjustified because Uruguay also has magical beaches, a striking amount of wildlife and rich wine culture. Just like colonial cities and hot springs.
Most people do not get further than the capital Montevideo but forget the interior. While the country is easy to travel. These are the best things to see and do when you travel to Uruguay.
The capital is located at the coast. So you can combine a visit to the city with a few hours of enjoying the sun at the beach. The old center is Ciudad Vieja and is worth a visit. Mercado del Puerto is an old market hall, where it is always pleasantly busy. In addition to many fresh goods such as vegetables, fruit, and meat, you will also find some good restaurants here. On Sundays, there is a large market with lots of food and drink to relax.
La Rambla is a 22-kilometer long boulevard. Where you can walk or jog as many locals do. Especially in the evening, it is nice and busy here. Plaza Independencia is according to many the most beautiful part of the city. With stately buildings that are also well maintained.
Colonia del Sacramento is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This town still has Portuguese colonial influences. Colonia del Sacramento is located on the bay of the Rio de la Plata. Barrio Histórico is special, where you can stroll along the colourful houses, wine cellars, and cafes.
Piriápolis is known for its whales that pass here every year. From June to November, southern right whales give birth to their young here. At Punta Colorada and Negra special lookout towers have been placed to view the sea. It is best to do this when the waves are calm. Keep an eye out for gulls that often fly with the whales.
The fishing town of Punta del Diablo is small and popular with surfers in the summer. The reason is the big waves here. The waves are among the largest in all of South America. There are several beach bars to have a drink and to watch the surfers play with waves. You can also try it yourself by renting a board.
Uruguay has no real mountains, but the area around Minas is nice and rough. Cerro Arequita is 305 meters high. It is a beautiful area for walking. The part of Ombú is particularly worthwhile. Also make a stop at Gruta Colón, also known as Columbus Cave. Here you can see millions of bats.
A lot of wine is produced in Uruguay. What you will see when you visit the town of Carmelo. There are numerous vineyards around the town, which are run by families. The most famous is Irurtia, where you can also admire numerous old cars. You can visit most of the vineyards for a tour and of course a wine tasting. Ask on the spot how you can best organize this.