montevideo & the southwest

From the bustling capital city of Montevideo to romantic old estancias and the finest of wineries, the southwest makes for a wonderful introduction to Uruguay.

With around 80% of Uruguay’s population living within the city’s limits, the capital is by far the best place to get a sense of how far Uruguay has come in recent years. With the wineries of the southwest quickly catching up with those of neighbouring Argentina, the cities of Colonia del Sacramento and Carmelo can only benefit from the growth in popularity. Both located along the stunning Río de la Plata that divides Argentina and Uruguay, this stunning region will make you wonder why it’s taken so long for Uruguay to enter the spotlight.

things to do

  • On a sunny day, the 22km Rambla de Montevideo promenade walk along the bay is one of the most pleasant ways to introduce yourself to the capital.
  • The second biggest theatre in South America, Teatro Solís is an ornately-decorated work of architecture, with guided tours available if you miss the performance nights.
  • A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Colonia’s Barrio Historico (Historic District) has its roots in Uruguay’s colonial past, with the original 17th Century walls still standing.
  • Playa Sere is certainly one of the most popular of the gorgeous beaches that surround Carmelo, with plenty of cafes and restaurants close to its sandy shores.

The Hill of Montevideo Lighthouse

The oldest lighthouse of Uruguay surrounded by its Fortress has guided sailors traveling through the waters of the River Plate since 1802.Youtube Icon

best time to visit

November - February

November signals the start of summer in Uruguay, with many of the beaches starting to fill up. The longest Carnaval in South America is celebrated in Uruguay every year, so planning your trip around that would be particularly exciting. Rainfall usually eases up and temperatures rise, but be prepared to allow extra planning time around Christmas, as a lot of people look to spend New Year’s in the capital.

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