Sandwiched between Brazil and Argentina, tiny Uruguay has a vibrant, yet under-the-radar, cosmopolitan feel - as well as historic estancias and surf-pounded beaches. Since it’s only a boat ride – or quick helicopter jaunt – from Buenos Aires, you will undoubtedly notice numerous simpatico similarities between the neighbours: lingering over coffee and wine at cosy cafés is a legitimate hobby and asados turn out perfectly charcoal-roasted succulent steaks. Pretty Montevideo shines with historic Spanish and Italian architecture, charming small museums, local candombeé music hot spots and world-class shopping. Surrounding the capital is flat and forested countryside where the gaucho lifestyle thrives and staying on one of the vast estancias is a highlight. Feel the country’s Portuguese past as you walk the charming cobblestone streets of the UNESCO protected village of Colonia del Sacramento; and during the South American summer, jet-setters descend upon sandy Punta del Este as chic hotels, restaurants & nightclubs open their doors to stylish night owls and the otherwise sleepy beach town becomes a baby St. Tropez.

Why we like it

  • Mediterranean vibe
  • Magical Colonia del Sacramento
  • Vibrant, eclectic Montevideo
  • Charming Playa Vik & Estancia Vik
  • Easy day trip from Argentina
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