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What to see in Uruguay

Uruguay Attractions

Rich in culture and natural beauty, Uruguay is a dream South American destination for adventurers and pleasure-seekers alike. Those who want a robust holiday can rough it with gauchos (cowboys) at the country's estancias (ranch-houses), waking to simple local breakfasts before riding green plains under a gorgeous golden sun. Culture lovers who'd prefer a less arduous stay in Uruguay should head for Montevideo's Ciudad Vieja (Old Town), or the nearby Colonia del Sacramento, where they can relish the country's historical architecture.

The coastal resort town of Punta del Este is a must for anyone seeking luxury, sun-filled action at one of South America's most exclusive beachside getaways. By contrast, the laidback Punta del Diablo is home to Uruguay's backpacker beach scene and offers visitors a more budget-friendly slice of paradise. Foodies should note that Uruguay's beef ranks among the best in the world.

Ciudad Vieja

Montevideo's old city is a vibrant, fascinating district of grand historic buildings and cobbled streets. Weekends see dancers and musicians gather for impromptu performances, and artists have turned…

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Colonia del Sacramento

The historic town of Colonia del Sacramento is a must-see for anyone visiting Uruguay. Situated on the River Plate, this celebrated UNESCO World Heritage Site is the oldest settlement in the country…

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Estadio Centenario

Built between 1929 and 1930, the Estadio Centenario commemorates the centenary of Uruguay's first constitution, and hosted the first-ever FIFA World Cup final, in which Uruguay beat Argentina by four…

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Mercado del Puerto (Port Market)

Set under a vast, cast-iron structure reminiscent of old European railway stations, Montevideo's Mercado del Puerto (Port Market) is a lively affair. A hive of trading activity since 1868, the area…

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National History Museum

The Museo Historico Nacional is a treat for visiting history buffs. Located in the Old City, it's made up of old houses where prominent historical figures once lived, and its collection traces the…

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