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Some illuminated buildings in Montevideo, Uruguay, photographed on executive travel


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.




CurrencyUruguayan Peso

ReadThe Truce by Mario Benedetti


SipYerba mate

ExperienceToes-in-the-sand dining

While most of Uruguay’s population is coastal, its interior is cloaked in pine forest and rolling plains. In the east, the golden Atlantic shore is dotted with famous resort towns and charming fishing villages.

Punta del Este Beach Pier

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 ruins of a historic covenent, spotted on leisure travel in Colonia, Uruguay

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.

Sunny Beach with rocky shoreline in La Paloma, Uruguay

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.

A large white charter yacht in the harbor outside Punta del Este, Uruguay

LANDED arranges personalized travel in Uruguay and throughout South America. We organize luxury accommodation, private transportation, and tours with expert guides. Speak with a travel planner today at 801.582.2100. We’ll take care of the details.

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Stunning View of the could-cloaked ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, photographed hiking the Inca Trail in Peru

First light at Machu Picchu is an unforgettable experience. At dawn, the site is often concealed by low clouds. As sun rises, the mists slowly dissipate to reveal walls and plazas—first in glimpses, then in majesty.


Could not have been more pleased.  This was the trip of a lifetime for our family.  Thank you!

S. Gentry, San Clemente, CA


What an amazing adventure we have had. The whole rhythm of the trip was perfect, and leaving one place for the next worked perfectly. Wish we had a month to really explore. Thanks again!

S. Ecenia, Knoxville, TN


One of our best trips ever, made excellent by LANDED’s attention to detail. The guides, drivers, and “handlers” were superb. The hotels were top notch. We felt relaxed and pampered all the way. Will definitely look to LANDED to plan our next trip to South America.

M. & J. Siegel , New Rochelle, NY

Absolutely amazing. Thanks again John. Carlos was the best guide I’ve ever had anywhere in the world. Top notch talent.

T. Hill, Fort Worth, TX

There is not a single thing on the itinerary that we would change.  The guides were knowledgeable, friendly, and prompt.  The hotels were beautiful, the food delicious and the pace of the activities was perfect for us. Thank you so much for making our trip such a fantastic experience.

B. Baltes, E. Rockaway, NY

In short, our trip was amazing, and, as we had hoped, the Inca civilization was fascinating to us. Thanks so much for your constant assistance and thorough planning.

H. Liroff, Minneapolis, MN

The planning, service and execution of the trip was flawless – thank you for making it perfect!

R. Hayek, San Francisco, CA

LANDED’s services were excellent. You were helpful and knowledgeable, making our trip a memorable one.  I will use your services in the future as I continue to explore Central & South America.

A. Reynolds, Tucson, AZ

It was like being in a very well organized dream. Your patience with my questions and concerns during the planning stage was remarkable.

W. Sibley, New York, NY

I’ve never had such great service from a tour operator. Not only were you a great help on the planning-insuring that I was staying at the right places and enjoying the type of activities we love-but the follow up was incredible. I look forward to working with you again on a another trip.

C. Leavitt , New York, NY

You actually got to know us, which made it possible to know just what we like. You promised the best trip ever and you kept your promise.

B. Furstenberg, Roxbury, NY

The entire trip was amazing. Both the hotel & restaurant recommendations were well thought out and helped us thoroughly enjoy our honeymoon.

C. Venezia, New York, NY

LANDED is like the ultimate virtual guide, suggesting the high points and helping us get the most out of a week’s time.

F. Greenberg, New York, NY

We had a great time, and didn’t miss anything. We zip-lined, rafted, sailed and surfed. The contacts and drivers were professional and courteous. We don’t want to be back at work. Thank you for all of the work you did to set up this trip.

M. Marrocco, Dallas, TX