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Luxury Uruguay Holidays

If you have fallen for Latin America’s many charms, then a luxury holiday to Uruguay is for you.  Said to be one of South America’s best-kept secrets, Uruguay is a hidden gem that offers pristine beaches, Latin American character, and stunning landscapes – all sprinkled with a bit of glamourous sparkle. 


Sandwiched neatly between Argentina and Brazil, Uruguay is emerging from the shadows of its much larger neighbours into a dazzling destination in its own right.  From a stunning Atlantic coastline dotted with glorious beaches to rolling hills and expansive plains further inland, Uruguay is breathtakingly beautiful and waiting to be explored. 

The bustling Rambla and colonial architecture of the capital Montevideo are not to be missed. This is intriguing city packs a punch. The vibe here is relaxed cool mixed with that famous warm Latino hospitality. Head to El Ciudad Vieja (the old city) to discover the art deco style and cobbled streets of days gone by while the beachfront suburb of Carrasco promises a more exclusive style where the aim is to see and be seen.

Uruguay’s beach resorts offer a fabulous choice of kite surfing, surfing and when you tire of catching waves you can turn your hand to horseback riding, mountain biking, and perhaps even a quick game of Polo too. 

The coastal resort towns of Punta del Este and Cabo Polonia are as bright and sparkling as the crowds that flock here to soak up the South American sunshine and capture the heady party atmosphere.

Uruguay might be small, but it has big ambitions. This is definitely the place to add to your South American bucket list, either as a relaxing holiday or as part of a multi-centre itinerary with Chile, Argentina or Brazil. 

Top 5 things to do in Uruguay

  • Enjoy a tour of one of Uruguay’s small family-owned vineyards in the old town of Carmelo.
  • Climb to the top of the lighthouse in historic Colonia del Sacramento for incredible views stretching to Buenos Aires in the distance!
  • Visit a traditional Uruguayan ‘Parilla’ (steakhouse) for an incredible traditional grilled meat feast.
  • Head to tiny Cabo Polonio which has no roads or electricity but is packed with traditional Uruguayan charm.
  • Take a boat trip to the small islands of Isla de Lobos and Isla Gorriti to spot the local colonies of southern elephant seals and orca whales.   

Top 5 facts about Uruguay

  • Uruguay is one of the top 5 wine producers in South America.  
  • Alongside Argentina, Uruguay claims to be the birthplace of the Tango, there is even a Tango Museum in the capital Montevideo!
  • Uruguay’s legendary annual Carnaval takes place before the beginning of Lent and is said to last for 40 days!
  • Punta del Este is known as the ‘Hamptons of South America’ and the country’s high society flock there for their summer getaways every year.
  • The history city of Colonia del Sacramento was founded by the Portuguese in 1680 and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Average Temperature

10.5°C - 23.5°C

Local Currency

Peso Uruguayo

Time Difference

-3 hours

Official Language


Flight Time

16.5 hours

When To Visit

November - February

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