Adventure Tours Uruguay
Highlights of Uruguay:
- Wine-tasting at boutique bodegas
- Ornate, centuries-old architecture of Colonia
- Tango shows in Montevideo
- Lively coastal resort town of Punta del Este
- Laidback life in up-and-coming Carmelo
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A relatively undiscovered gem in South America – compared to its giant neighbours, Brazil and Argentina – Uruguay is stepping out of the shadows and into the spotlight, where it rightly belongs. The country is dripping in culture, wine, gaucho life, beaches and much more, all crammed into one small nation that makes it both easy and fascinating to explore on a tailor-made Uruguay tour.
Cultural Uruguay trips
Anyone with a passion for culture should place Uruguay firmly at the top of their travel bucket list, immediately! This is South America’s second smallest country, with a surface area of just 176,000sq km, and with that comes a high concentration of cultural intrigue. From the cosmopolitan cities of Montevideo and Punta del Este, to rural towns such as Carmelo and the stunning colonial gem that is Colonia del Sacramento. Uruguay’s top highlights are diverse, unique and, conveniently, all just a couple of hours’ drive from each other. There’s everything from fine art museums and beautiful colonial architecture to traditional folklore and impressive tango shows here; a little-known fact is also that Montevideo, as well as Buenos Aires, was the birthplace for this evocative dance. We highly recommend experiencing a tango show and dinner on your cultural tour of Uruguay.
Another rather special string to the country’s bow is wine-tasting in Uruguay. While Chile and Argentina are famous for producing some of the best South American wine, Uruguay is the lesser-known (but no less exquisite) wine maker in the continent, with some seriously refined varieties that beg to be sampled. There are countless wineries, many of which are family-run businesses that have been passed down through the generations since the 1800s, when European immigrants brought wine-making techniques and grapes with them. In particular, the Tannat variety from France, a full-bodied, velvety red that has become Uruguay’s signature wine. Opt for a tastebud-tingling wine tour in Uruguay to visit charming bodegas, learn about the art of viticulture and, of course, sample a range of grapes, whether reds such as Tannat, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon; or crisp whites like Viognier, Albariño and Sauvignon Blanc.
Beaches of Uruguay
Another under-the-radar fact about Uruguay is that it’s lined with swathes of amazing beaches, clutching the Atlantic Coast and offering a mix of glam resort towns and sleepy fishing villages. Tucked under Brazil, whose beaches are renowned the world over, Uruguay provides an off-the-beaten-track alternative to its giant neighbour, with the resort of Punta del Este being the most popular of all. This scintillating seafront town is often likened to Miami, with lashings of hip bars and hotels close to golden sand beaches and a chic harbour. It is also the home of Uruguay’s famous artistic icons: Casapueblo, the home and workshop of artist Carlos Páez Vilaró, an all-white façade overlooking the ocean; and La Mano de Punta del Este, a hand sculpture by Mario Irarrázabal that protrudes from the golden sands of Brava Beach. Alternative coastal destinations in Uruguay include the up-and-coming Jose Ignacio, surfing hotspot Punta del Diablo, and Whale-watching perches like Negra and Punta Colorada, just going to show that Uruguay has something for absolutely everyone.
So, with its beaches, wine and cultural highlights, now is the time to embark on a tailor-made Uruguay tour. Take a look at our collection of customisable Uruguay tours below, handpick the hotels and activities that you want to incorporate into your trip, and start planning your unforgettable South American adventure!