Uruguay

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Squeezed between South American giants Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay holds its own.  Independent not only in name, it has a unique culture and cuisine which rewards those that take the time to stop between it’s two much more famous neighbors.  Seekers of unique culinary delights will find their arteries clogged by Chivito.  Hunters of beaches will find their desires exceeded on Uruguay’s coast.  Pursuers of parties will find they can drink all night in Montevideo or Punta Este’s clubs.  While small in size, Uruguay has plenty to offer.

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DON’T MISS: Colonia de Sacramento, a colonial port town will all the charm of a tiny Spanish colonial city, great restaurants and quiet nights.
MUST SEE: Punta Este’s giant hand.  Poking out of the white sand beaches is a sculpture of a giant hand.  It’s hilariously cool.
MUST TASTE: Chivito.  Everything cardiologists think we shouldn’t eat on one plate: a massive piece of red meat in white bread buried in french fries.

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TRIP PLANNING: Uruguay isn’t a great destination in itself, it should be considered an add-on to trips to Buenos Aires or extreme southern Brazil.
GETTING AROUND: Buses are convenient, clean, and cheap.  Bus stations are centrally located making them the way to get around.

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OUR COST PER DAY (2 ppl): $60.15
COST OF A BEER: $3 per liter at grocery stores
KEY MONEY-SAVING TIP: eat at small road-side cafes for cheaper hamburguesas and ponchos (hot dogs) rather than sit-down restaurants, which are much pricier

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YOU NEED TO KNOW: Uruguay is expensive compared with basically everywhere else in South America.  While Brazil may be officially more expensive, the reality is that it’s easier to get cheap eats or a budget hostel in Brazil, which is not the case during high season in Uruguay.
IF WE KNEW WHAT WE KNOW NOW: We would probably have skipped Uruguay as a whole.  While everything was nice, overall it was “meh”, more OK than great.
HELPFUL LINKS TO LEARN MORE: as

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WE WERE THERE FOR: One week.
OUR HIGHLIGHT: Staying with Jack Black at the School of Rock in Montevideo.
WHERE WE WENT: Colonia de Sacramento, Montevideo, Punta Este.
WE REGRET MISSING: Punta del Diablo, an undeveloped beach town in eastern Uruguay that is apparently a great place to chill out.

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Uruguay Highlights

Short on time? The highlight reel of our 2 week trip to Uruguay including beaches, street food, ancient churches and more. Tour Uruguay in 15 photos!

Montevideo

The capital of relatively safe and stable Uruguay there is not much to dislike about Montevideo. Compared to many places in South America, Montevideo’s quiet cleanliness and efficiency will be a welcome respite from the typical South American capital metropolis. It is really quite nice, but more memorable times will be had in Uruguay’s stunning beaches or Colonia de Sacramento.

Colonia de Sacramento

A necessary stop on any trip to Uruguay, Colonia is a far cry from the modern beach city of Punta Este and sprawling Montevideo. With architecture and pace from another age, it\'s a wonderful place to slow down and enjoy the beauty of yesteryear.

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