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Ciudad Vieja, Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo

Uruguay’s thriving capital city and chief port sprawls some 13 miles along the Atlantic coast on the banks of the River Plate.

Founded in 1726, Montevideo boasts a rich heritage of architecture ranging from French to Italian and English influences coupled with a distinctive flair for Art Deco and grand neo-classical designs. Montevideo’s heritage is best explored from Plaza Independencia, nestled at the heart of Ciudad Vieja and dominated by an enormous statue of Jose Artiguas, Uruguay’s national hero and father of independence.

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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Montevideo, Uruguay
Montevideo, Uruguay

A little more about Montevideo

Many of the city’s historical buildings are being renovated to accommodate art galleries and cafes with no finer example than the areas encompassing the lively Mercado del Puerto, Montevideo’s 19th century port market. Sheltering a cluster of Uruguayan parrillas (steakhouses) and seafood eateries, this bustling food court offers a tantalising bouquet to the senses, with street performers, antique dealers and artisans also populating this energetic spectacle on Saturdays. Head east of the city and stroll the beautiful promenade that traces Montevideo’s spectacular coastline interspersed with beautiful beaches and rocky coves. For those seeking nightlife, the contemporary beach communities of Punta Carretas and Pocitos are a haven of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

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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
Travel Expert: James

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