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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 $5,115 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 $3,432 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.

Accommodation

Below is some of the wonderful accommodation to include on your journey.

Alma Historica Hotel £££££

  • Uruguay

A restored Palace from the 1900s, The Alma Historica Hotel is located near to the Zabala Square, one of the most romantic spots in Montevideo. The property perfectly blends modern and traditional styles. This small boutique hotel offers an elegant and refined stay. The 15 rooms are inspired by Uruguayan culture.

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La Baguala £££££

  • Uruguay

La Baguala is an estancia from the 1940’s which has been renovated to provide modern comforts whilst preserving the old charm, by keeping original timeless pieces. It is located in the rural area near the city of Montevideo, on the shores of the Rio de la Plata, with wonderful views of the sea and the countryside. The hotel is surrounded by exquisite landscaped parks and gardens. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant, white sandy beaches, tennis court, driving range, fitness centre and the possibility to take part in activities such as biking, horse riding and trekking.

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Oliva Luxury Hotel £££££

  • Uruguay

Situated in one of Montevideo’s most prestigious neighbourhoods, Oliva Luxury Hotel has just 30 rooms including eight suites. The cool and contemporary character of the rooms is given a Uruguayan touch with a selection of artworks by local artists. Many rooms boast large windows that look out onto the hotel’s beautiful internal garden. Rooms are comfortable, spacious and well-appointed and come with numerous features and amenities. Hotel facilities include a spa, swimming pool, dry sauna and gym.

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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
Travel Expert: James

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