Living In Uruguay As An Expat part 2 – Part one is here.
Top 7 Tourist Attractions in Uruguay
When someone thinks of South America, they think of one of two things: the Amazon or Uruguay. Uruguay is a small country on the eastern shore of South America, bordered by Brazil to the north and east and Argentina to the south.
Moreover, it is a popular tourist destination, but travelers often overlook it because it tends to be overshadowed by Brazil or Argentina. Uruguay is known for its beautiful beaches, delicious food, and fast horses (including the world-famous Mate).
Also, many people who like to gamble love Uruguay because it is one of only two countries in South America where you can legally bet on horse races. It’s no wonder that Uruguay receives thousands of visitors each year. In no other news, below are the best tourists attractions in the country.
1. La Rambla
La Rambla is one of the top tourist attractions in Uruguay, and for a good reason! This beautiful promenade stretches along the coast for over 16 kilometers, making it perfect for a relaxing stroll or bike ride. There are plenty of restaurants and bars lining the route, as well as street performers and other attractions, making it a must-visit for anyone spending time in Uruguay.
2. Punta del Este
Another fantastic destination in Uruguay is the beach town of Punta del Este! The azure waters and white sands are enough to draw people here, but there is so much more to enjoy as well. Punta del Este is a vibrant town with plenty of nightlife and activities, as well as excellent restaurants serving up local cuisine.
3. The Beaches
There are so many beautiful beaches along Uruguay’s coast! Whether you’re looking for lively nightlife or serenity and relaxation, you’ll be able to find it here. From the famous Punta del Este to the more off-the-beaten-path destinations, there’s a beach for everyone in Uruguay. So grab your swimsuit and sunscreen and get ready to enjoy some unforgettable coastline.
4. Iguana Park
This small zoo has more than 400 specimens of iguanas from around the world. It is a great place to take your kids and learn about these interesting creatures. In fact, it is possible to touch some of them. This way, you will know more about their lifestyle and their importance in the ecosystem.
5. Cabo Polonio
A small fishing village located about 180 kilometers from the capital, Cabo Polonio is only accessible by 4WD. It has beautiful wild beaches where you can enjoy sunsets and walks along the shore without competing with hordes of other tourists. There are also hiking trails in the coastal hills for those who want to take in the views from a higher perspective.
6. Fray Bentos
This small town is best known for its meat processing industry, but it’s also worth visiting for its colonial architecture and lush gardens. The Museo de la Inmigración (Museum of Immigration) is located in Fray Bentos and tells the story of the immigrants who came to Uruguay from worldwide.
7. Old Town
The Old town is also the Spanish district of Ciudad Vieja in Spanish. It’s located on a peninsula, and its borders are formed by the Santa Catarina river estuary and the Agraciada beach. The area was originally covered with thick vegetation, but after invaders burned it down, it was rebuilt using the colonial style.