Uruguay has a rich history heavily influenced by European immigrants. The capital, Montevideo, is easily reached by ferry from Buenos Aires. Though not a spectacular city, it is a pleasant one with a number of museums. The Palacio Salvo on Plaza Independencia is a beautiful old building and you can take an elevator to the top for a view of the whole city.

Temperatures throughout the country vary little throughout the year. Colonia del Sacramento, further west, is far smaller and prettier. It's cobbled streets and old, well-preserved buildings make it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are many beach towns along the Atlantic coast, east of Monevideo and far from the brown waters of the Rio de la Plata estuary.



Why you should go:

It's a great place when you don't feel you have to be anywhere.

Why you shouldn't:

There are no mountains, deserts, glaciers or jungles.

Map of Uruguay