Direct flights to Argentina and a short hop across the estuary to Colonia, means that beginning in Buenos Aires is a great addition to a longer holiday to Uruguay.
- Tango in Buenos Aires
- Spend time in the wine region of Carmelo
- Explore Montevideo
- Experience estancia life
- Relax on the beaches of José Ignacio
Buenos Aires is a vivacious city, home to great history, architecture, a fantastic art scene and world-class gastronomy. Spend a morning exploring the city with your guide, visiting areas of interest such as the Recoleta Cemetery; the resting place of Eva Peron. In the evening, dine whilst watching a tango show performed by the country’s best dancers.
Depart Buenos Aires by hydrofoil, crossing the Rio de la Plata to Colonia del Sacramento. This route is a main thoroughfare between Argentina and Uruguay, and used by many commuters who live in Uruguay and work in Buenos Aires. Colonia is one of the last examples of the colonial heritage of Uruguay and is a delightful town to wander the cobbled streets and observe the European architecture.
The journey continues to the wine region of Carmelo. Stay at the delightful finca, Narbona Wine Lodge for a full immersion on a working vineyard. This boutique hotel has an extensive cellar, and offers tours of their winery as well as cheese and wine tasting sessions. Spend your days by the pool or cycling through the vineyard.
Estancia Santa Modesta
Located in Paysandú, Santa Modesta is an authentic estancia dating back to the late 19th Century. Discover the pastoral land on horseback or relax by the pool with a book. A stay here is a great way to experience rural life in Uruguay.
Although a capital city, Montevideo has a quirky charm with an almost Parisian feel to it. Cafes spill out on to the streets, berries are donned by the men often with a baguette tucked under an arm. Plus for a capital city, it is very safe. The city is divided into regions, the historic centre and the modern part and the southern part backs on to the beaches of the Rio de Plata.
At the cutting edge of beach resorts is Playa Vik, providing superb high end accommodation in Uruguay’s most sought after area. José Ignacio‘s rise to fame peaked when the likes of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood was photographed strolling the boardwalks of its beaches. Its appeal has yet to wane. The dramatic coastline gives way to impressive sand dunes hiding exclusive restaurants for unique dining experiences. Alternatively, if being seen to be seen is not your scene, nearby is a fantastic olive oil plant offering excellent tastings and the small hamlet of Cabo Polonio, cut off from running water and electricity, that can be visited by 4x4 or on foot providing a contrast to the glitzy coastline.
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