Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Uruguay Travel

Uruguay has always been in the shadow of its mighty neighbours Argentina and Brazil, but this generally rural gem is not to be overlooked.

From bustling, grand squares in the nation’s capital Montevideo, to the luxurious coastal resorts of Punta de Este and Jose Ignacio, Uruguay. Travel to South America offers the sophisticated visitor an enticing mix that’s sure to inspire.

Colonia del Sacramento

During your tour take a short boat trip across the Parana River from Buenos Aires, and a world away lies the small, charming town of Colonia. One of the best-preserved sites in Uruguay, it’s a city frozen in its colonial past. Reminiscent of old 16th century Europe, venture around its cobbled streets and peruse through its various antique shops, plazas, bars, and restaurants.

For more extensive holidays in Uruguay there are lovely hotels located right in the historic quarter and also on the town’s fringes where pine trees and farmsteads dot the landscape.

Punta del Este

When you are travelling in South America, few resorts rival Punta Del Este for glamour. It might be geographically located in Uruguay, but it’s where the glitterati and elite of Buenos Aires also make their home for the summer. A big step above Argentina’s only main beach resort, Mar del Plata, this Uruguayan resort area has become the place to see and be seen. There’s an excellent range of hotels as well as superb seafood restaurants and traditional steakhouses. If sun, sea, sand are what you’re looking for after your trip, then look no further than Punta del Este and neighbouring Jose Ignacio for your holidays in Uruguay.

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GOOD TIME TO VISIT: October to March

Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia del Sacramento

Uruguay travel


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Uruguay Profile

2.5 times Ireland
3.3 million
Montevideo (1.6 million)
Other Main Cities
Punta del Este
Uruguayan Peso
Warm, Temperate
Time Difference
GMT -3
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