Being such a small country has played to Uruguay’s advantage, as today it still remains an untouched paradise. Most easily accessible from Buenos Aires via ferry or plane, Uruguay contains some of the best beaches in South America.
The name Uruguay comes from the Guarani language and means “Land of the Painted Birds”. In 1680, the Portuguese founded Colonia del Sacramento on the estuary of the Rio de la Plata and the Spaniards followed suit and founded Montevideo in 1728, which later become the capital of Uruguay. Its history has left the country with beautiful colonial buildings and churches and a charm like no other in South America.
For us the main two reasons for visiting Uruguay are the picturesque colonial town of Colonia and the wide empty beaches of Jose Ignacio.
Colonia contains cobblestoned streets, leafy plazas and 18th-century Portuguese colonial architecture. Declared a UNESCO world heritage city it is a great place to spend a few nights exploring this beautifully crafted town. Jose Ignacio is a sleepy fishing village away from the hustle and bustle of trendy Punta del Este and is the place to go for a laid back beach experience.
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