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Carmelo Harbour, Uruguay

Carmelo

On the shores of Rio de la Plata, Carmelo is Uruguay’s little secret. Carmelo is a relaxed town with bicycles as the main transport, golden riverfront beaches and an increasingly popular wine region.

The cobbled streets and Independence Square are perfect for pottering, with interesting museums and Ignacio Barrios’ House, today the House of Culture. The area is also a centre for yachting, fishing and exploring the Parana Delta. It is the swing bridge however, that is Carmelo’s greatest accolade. It is considered a masterpiece of modern engineering and has become synonymous with the town.

Jose Ignacio, Uruguay
Jose Ignacio, Uruguay

A Taste of Uruguay

Embark on a private journey through the highlights of Uruguay, travelling along the nation’s southern coast between the eclectic capital of Montevideo and tiny hamlets without electricity. One of the underdogs of the South American culinary scene, Uruguay boasts world-class wine, delicious olive oils and artisan cheeses that can be sampled whilst exploring its traditional estancias, colonial towns and striking coastlines.

11 days

from £3,950 pp

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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Self-Drive Journey in Uruguay

Our classic self-drive route through Uruguay unveils the highlights of this often overlooked nation. From strolling the old dockside markets of Montevideo to cheese and wine pairing in Carmelo, we can curate a fully-tailored trip bursting with extraordinary experiences. Navigate between sleepy fishing villages and traditional estancias, roam colonial towns, sip your way around vineyards and stroll along the Atlantic.

11 days

from £2,650 pp

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

James Armitage

This small country is a firm favourite of James’s, who loves the quirky capital of Montevideo, the rich farmland interior, the winelands and the trendy beaches of Uruguay.
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We left Uruguay feeling like we had really had an insider's experience. James sent us to some of the highlights destinations, but also to some lesser-visited spots where we came across no other tourists.

Destination: Uruguay
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