Things to see in Uruguay

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Uruguay Attractions

Travellers visit Uruguay to rough it with cowboys, explore culturally rich cities, and unwind on the continent's most exclusive beaches. They're rarely disappointed with the attractions on offer.

Visitors can sample the gaucho (cowboy) lifestyle at the country's estancias (ranch-houses), and ride green plains in time-honoured fashion. On the cultural side, Montevideo's old town, Ciudad Vieja, offers a taste of Uruguay's historical architecture. Travellers who relish this sort of experience and want more should venture to Colonia del Sacramento, where they'll enjoy a generous helping of old-world charm. Located just outside Montevideo, the city is an excellent day-trip option.

Visitors should also try the country's beef, which is among the world's best. The coastal resort town of Punta del Este is a must for anyone seeking luxury, sun-filled action. By contrast, Punta del Diablo is home to Uruguay's backpacker beach scene.


Mercado del Puerto

Mercado del Puerto (Port Market)

Set under a vast, wrought-iron structure reminiscent of old European railway stations, Montevideo's port market is a lively affair. Historically, it has been a hive of trading activity since 1868. Today, it houses some of the city's finest steakhouses and seafood eateries.

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Casa de Antonio Montero, Museo Historico Nacional

National History Museum

For those interested in Montevideo's past, the Museo Historico Nacional is a good place to begin. Located in the Old City, it's made up of old houses where national heroes once dwelt.

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Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia del Sacramento

The historic town of Colonia del Sacramento is a must-see. Situated on the River Plate, it is the country's oldest settlement and a celebrated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many visitors ferry across from Buenos Aires, which sits almost opposite the city.

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Ciudad Vieja

Ciudad Vieja

Montevideo's ancient city is a vibrant, fascinating district of old buildings and cobbled streets. Weekends see dancers and musicians gather for impromptu performances, while artists have turned many of the decaying, ground-floor apartments into studios and galleries. The old iron gates and street lamps...  see full details



Estadio Centenario

Estadio Centenario

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

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