SMILE. YOU’VE LANDED IN URUGUAY.
Uruguay is the tranquil buffer between South America’s superpowers. This territory won independence in 1828, after centuries of back-and-forth occupation by Spanish and Portuguese interests. Although some influences of Argentina and Brazil are still evident—tango, Carnival, gaucho heritage—Uruguay’s culture has been mellowed by sun, sky and sea. This is a friendly, confident nation whose heroes are more likely to be poets and futbolistas than generals or emperors.
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CURRENCY URUGUAYAN PESO
READ THE TRUCE BY MARIO BENEDETTI
SIP YERBA MATE
EXPERIENCE TOES-IN-THE-SAND DINING
In the south and west, sleepy riverside ports line the Rio de la Plata and Rio Uruguay. These various regions can be combined with ease—Uruguay is not much larger than the state of Florida.
The name Uruguay translates to “river of birds” in the Charrua dialect—a name evoking the coastal lagoons of the Atlantic shore and estuaries of the Rio de la Plata and Rio Negro. Uruguay is home to an estimated 477 avian species, including Southern Lapwings (the national bird), Greater Rheas, three varieties of penguin, seven species of parrot, and nine types of hummingbird.
Although most visitors could spend an entire vacation here, trips to Uruguay are often combined with extensions to Argentina, Chile, and Brazil. Direct flights connect Montevideo’s international airport to Buenos Aires (50 minutes), Santiago (2.25 hours), and Sao Paulo (2.75 hours). Overnight flights from New York reach the capital in approximately 13 hours, and flights from Miami take about nine hours.
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VILLA RENTALS IN URUGUAY
PRIVATE LUXURY VILLA RENTALS.
If you’re planning to enjoy one area of Uruguay for five nights or longer, renting a private villa is an excellent lodging option. LANDED arranges private villa rentals in Jose Ignacio, Punta del Este, and La Paloma.
PUNTA DEL ESTE
THE EASTERN SHORE
First light at Machu Picchu is an unforgettable experience. At dawn, the site is often concealed by low clouds. As the sun rises, the mists slowly dissipate to reveal walls and plazas — first in glimpses, then in majesty.