Tucked between Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay is one of the smallest countries in South America and very often overlooked. A holiday in Uruguay is as laid back as it gets. Off the beaten track and with a high standard of living and the relaxed hospitality of its people, make it a delightful place to travel.
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.
The small fishing village of Jose Ignacio is the new place to go for a beach holiday in Uruguay. Punta del Este has grown quickly, but thankfully the sleepy little town of Jose Ignacio has preserved its small town atmosphere
Sitting on a peninsula jutting out into the estuary of the Rio de la Plata lays the UNESCO world heritage city of Colonia. This old Portuguese settlement dates to about 1680, and exploring its broad, winding cobblestone streets
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This is one of the best options in Jose Ignacio, the rooms are superb the location is perfect and they have all the facilities to go with it. It is still relatively new and so are still finding there way a little
Posada del Virrey is one of the smartest hotels in this sleepy little colonial town. The house dates from 1850 and retains some of its original charm, but the modern décor seems to have taken over a little.