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Smile. You’ve LANDED in Uruguay.

Uruguay is a gem of South America, nestled between the must-visit destinations of Argentina and Brazil. Often overshadowed by its larger neighbors, this small country has a lot to offer for travelers looking for an exclusive and luxurious experience, inviting them to discover its unique charm and rich offerings.

CAPITAL  MONTEVIDEO

LANGUAGE  SPANISH

CURRENCY  URUGUAYAN PESO

READ  LA TREGUA BY MARIO BENEDETTI

SIP & TASTE  YERBA MATE & CHIVITO

EXPERIENCE  SEASIDE DINING

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Where to go in Uruguay

Explore Major Cities

Discover all Uruguay has to offer. From the capital of Montevideo to Jose Ignacio and beyond, each city offers something unique.

Montevideo

As the bustling capital of Uruguay, Montevideo embodies a fusion of historical charm and modern convenience. This city is a haven for luxury travelers, offering a plethora of high-end accommodations, fine dining establishments, and boutique shopping experiences. Visitors can explore the Old Town, rich in colonial architecture and history, or enjoy the vibrant nightlife in the Pocitos neighborhood.

Punta del Este

Punta del Este is a luxury enclave famous for its stunning beaches, lively nightlife, and upscale resorts. Visitors can enjoy sunbathing on the Playa Brava, sampling local cuisine at gourmet restaurants, or visiting the iconic Hand in the Sand sculpture. Yacht tours are available for those who want to explore the coast and its wealthy, yacht-lined harbor.

Jose Ignacio

Jose Ignacio, a small village located near Punta del Este, has become a coveted destination for luxury travel in recent years. Known for its serene beaches, chic resorts, and remarkable sunset views, Jose Ignacio is a haven for those seeking tranquility and luxury. Here, visitors can indulge in fresh seafood, explore the picturesque lighthouse, or simply relax on the pristine, crowd-free beaches.

Adventures you can’t miss

Visiting an Estancia

Experience the rural charm of Uruguay by visiting a traditional estancia, or ranch. These vast landscapes offer a glimpse into Uruguay's pastoral life, where you can indulge in horseback riding, bird watching, or simply enjoy the serene countryside. It's a unique luxury experience that combines relaxation, nature, and tradition.

Surfing the Northern Coast

Beautiful, peaceful beaches are typically the first thing to come to mind with Uruguay. But, if you go north, you’ll find massive waves that are a surfer’s dream come true. Whether you’re a seasoned surfer or just getting started, be sure to catch a wave or two during your visit to Uruguay.

Wine Tasting in Garzon

Uruguay is internationally renowned for its exceptional wine, and there’s no better destination to stop by for a tasting than South America’s up-and-coming culinary capital. Indulge in a luxurious afternoon in one of Garzon’s picturesque wineries, sampling some of the finest wines the country has to offer.

Colonia del Sacramento

Take a step back in time by visiting the historic quarter of Colonia del Sacramento. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a testament to the early Portuguese and Spanish colonists. The well-preserved architecture, narrow cobblestone streets, and quaint shops create a charming atmosphere that is sure to captivate any traveler.

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Luxury accommodations in Uruguay

Whether you’re looking for the bustling nightlife of the city or a beautiful seaside getaway, Uruguay’s hospitality scene is ready to welcome you. Find the perfect luxury hotel to match your travels, no matter if you’re looking for an ultra-modern resort or a boutique, historic hotel.

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We have meticulously curated an exquisite collection of all the essential information and sought-after insights to help you envision Uruguay as your ultimate luxury travel destination. Whether you seek refined tips, exclusive packing lists, captivating interviews, or awe-inspiring photographs, our comprehensive compilation encapsulates everything about this remarkable country.

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FAQ

What is the best time to visit Uruguay?

Uruguay is a year-round destination. However, most first-time visitors want to experience Uruguay’s coast, which has some of Latin America’s top beach destinations.

Summer in Uruguay is December to February, which means that some top beachside hotels and villas are booked a year in advance. After Carnival, most tourists head back home, leaving the seaside towns to their natural rhythm of surf and sunsets.

The shoulder season months of March and April, as well as October and November, offer a more tranquil scene and mild climates. Travel in these months pairs well with extensions to Brazil and Argentina.

What language is spoken in Uruguay?

Spanish is the official and predominant language in Uruguay. English is spoken in locations frequented by foreign visitors.

What should I pack for Uruguay?

What to pack for your trip to Uruguay depends on which destinations you’ll visit, how long you’ll be away, what you’ll be doing in Uruguay, and the time of year.

Still, here are some essentials to help you get started:

  • Passport. Lock the original in the hotel safe and keep a copy (say, a photo of the passport’s photo page) with you at all times.
  • US cash in small denominations (clean, un-torn bills). US dollars are happily accepted throughout Uruguay, and may help you obtain better prices at shops.
  • Credit & ATM cards. ATMs are available and major credit cards are accepted at most restaurants and hotels. Please confirm your travel dates and destinations with your card issuers before you leave the country.
  • Airline flight information
  • Camera, batteries, & data cards (or film, if your hands are occasionally scented by fixer or selenium)
  • Electrical adapters. Uruguayan electricity is officially 220V 50Hz. Many sockets have no ground pin. Uruguay generally use plug types C and I. Some sockets accept US plugs. Beware – this does not mean that these sockets deliver the US standard 110 volts. Make sure that your equipment can handle 220 volts; irreparable damage and even fire can result. Most laptop power adapters and many portable electronics chargers are designed to work on dual voltage; check the specifications for your equipment to be sure.
  • Daypack or small backpack
  • Sun protection (sunblock, sunhat, & sunglasses)
  • Insect repellant
  • Prescription medications
  • Synthetic fleece pullover or other warm layer for cool evenings on the coast
  • Swimwear
  • Light, informal clothing for dining and hotel or in cities. In the evening locals usually dress smart casual or business casual but some restaurants are more formal.
  • Comfortable walking or hiking shoes
  • Casual dress code is recommended if you are planning on an Estancia day. Jeans or Khakis with a shirt, comfortable walking shoes or boots. Avoid inner seams if you plan to go horse riding.

How safe is Uruguay?

Uruguay is generally quite safe; however, common-sense precautions are still important. Bag snatchers and pickpockets target public transportation hubs and tourist areas. As a general rule, you should not be out in the streets alone after dark. Stay in well-lit areas and be aware of your surroundings. Most incidents occur in the street. Keep your travel documents (e.g. passports) in the hotel safe or concealed in a zippered pocket. Leave that flashy wristwatch at home or in the hotel security box.