Overview

Little Uruguay is a friendly, peaceful country bordering its much larger and more strident neighbours, Argentina and Brazil. The landscape is mostly rolling plains and low hills - lush pasture for the beef cattle for which the country is famed, and dotted with sprawling estancias.

Uruguayans are justly proud of their glorious 660km of coastline of white sand beaches. Best-known is the sophisticated resort of Punta del Este - renowned for its ostentatious wealth and celebrity visitors.

In the lively waterfront capital of Montevideo, modern skyscrapers jostle with art deco and colonial buildings. The city has a thriving cultural and entertainment scene. Uruguay also shelters one of Latin America’s best preserved colonial towns, the port of Colonia del Sacramento – an easy day excursion across the River Plate from Buenos Aires.

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The weather in Uruguay is wide and varied

This friendly and easy-to-explore country is made up of rolling plains and hills, 660km of glorious white sand beaches, a lively, cultured and polished waterfront capital and a beautifully preserved colonial town meaning there’s plenty to discover. The weather is mild year round and rainfall is moderate throughout the year. The wettest months are July and August and if you’re heading to the beaches they are best visited from December to March, but plan in advance as this is a popular time to visit. Around February / March Uruguayans celebrate carnival with 5 days of live music, parades and general frivolity, although some festivities go on for an entire month. From June to November it’s possible to spot southern right whales off the coast where they migrate annually to breed.

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