Cattle ranches, big open skies, vineyards, olive groves, sleepy cobble-street towns and an immaculate coastline – diminutive Uruguay exudes charm and character.

The Uruguayans are famously laidback – yet also among South America’s warmest hosts. Explore the pretty Portuguese village of Colonia del Sacramento, the crumbling old town and bustling port of Montevideo and the hippie-chic fishing villages of Jose Ignacio, La Pedrera and Cabo Polonio. Those who like to put themselves as far off the beaten track as possible can head for the rarely-visited interior for a taste of local estancia life, tumbleweed towns and gaucho rodeos.

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  • Capital Montevideo
  • Language Spanish
  • Time Difference GMT -3
  • Currency Uruguayan Peso (though USD widely accepted)
  • Read Tree of Red Stars by Tessa Bidal
  • Listen To Candombe
  • Eat Chivitos
  • Drink Yerba Mate (The ubiquitous
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