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Self-drive Uruguay: Classic highlights

13 days from £2,410pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

Argentina / Uruguay

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Overview & Highlights

Self-drive in friendly Uruguay, a peaceful little country wedged between Brazil and Argentina. The well-paved, empty roads are a pleasure to drive and you stop off along its unspoilt coast and inland at welcoming ranches and wine lodges.

Uruguay, wedged between the behemoths of Brazil and Argentina, is a holiday destination offering a real sense of breathing space. It's the size of England but with a population of just 3.5 million, not much greater than that of Wales. The gently rolling countryside is dreamily bucolic -  the famous beef cattle graze nonchalantly accompanied by a multitude of birds, whose song at sunrise is as enchanting as the unspoilt little towns and increasingly chic range of hotels and restaurants.

Getting around is most satisfyingly achieved with the freedom of your own hire car. Our self-drive holiday explores the UNESCO jewel of Colonia, Carmelo’s vineyards, Montevideo’s art-deco streets, the little-visited interior of Uruguay and the beaches of José Ignacio. There’s about 850km of driving over nine days and you’ll have the support of pre-booked accommodation allowing you to explore at your leisure.

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  • Buenos Aires: Walking tour of Montserrat and San Telmo
  • Colonia: Guided walking tour with traditional cheese and wine tasting
  • Montevideo: Guided walking tour with market barbecue lunch
  • Countryside ranch: Self-guided walks

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With well-marked roads in excellent condition and considerate local drivers, Uruguay is one of the best South American countries for hiring a car. This freedom allows you to explore the country's landscapes and local culture authentically. This holiday is a must for those seeking genuine experiences and the chance to immerse themselves in a country full of off-the-beaten-track moments. Drawing from my in-depth knowledge of Uruguay, I have included all the must-see highlights in this trip, including a tour of vibrant Buenos Aires, the exploration of the old charm of Montevideo and Colonia, and the discovery of the lesser-known charms of this country.

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Charlotte Daubeney Travel Expert Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.

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