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Amazing tour to Uruguay
A land of countless cows and gauchos, Uruguay is a European pastoral transported to the banks of the Rio de la Plata. The country is sometimes called “South American Switzerland”, but you won’t find mountains here, only emerald meadows and gentle hills: the nickname stuck because of convenient banking laws. And, of course, because of the cows.
The first item on a jetsetter’s must-see list is the resorts of Maldonado department. Charismatic Brazilians and Argentines flock to Punta del Este for their holidays, Jose Ignacio has a special club atmosphere that you get so hooked on that you want to come back here every year – to that endless sky and wide beach, kites floating under the clouds and pareos fluttering in the wind. And to the world-class restaurants in José Ignacio.
For colonial charm in Uruguay, the bougainvillea-lined Colonia del Sacramento, a former Portuguese possession, still has azulejo panels. Here you just have to wander the streets with low mansions and vintage cars, occasionally popping into wine bars under ancient vaults.
The plein air in Uruguay is also good: in Minas Park you can climb rocks or wander on the hills, and if you come to Uruguay in winter (i.e. European summer), there is a chance to see whales, which swim very close to the shore near the town of Piriapolis.
Most importantly, Uruguay is very soothing on the nerves: tranquil landscapes, vibrant greenery, a measured way of life, generous peasant food: the perfect country-sized holiday home.
Visa: not required
Air temperature: winter (November-May) +15°C – +17°C; summer (December-April) +25°C – +30°C
Duration: 5 to 7 days
Currency: Uruguayan peso
Flight duration: from 20 hours with connections