Known for its European feel, Uruguay is the second smallest country in South America, yet bursting with the vitality of a nation twice its size. This politically and economically stable country attracts more visitors per capita than any other South American nation. A land of spectacular natural beauty, Uruguay features mysterious caves, impressive cliffs, lush rolling plains, and unusual, tentacle-like Ombu tree forests that create a fairytale-like atmosphere. The major cities boast modern amenities and technological advancements while small fishing towns preserve traditional history and culture. Uruguay has a notable legacy of artistic and literary traditions, combined with centuries-old architectural remains and fortresses dating back to colonial times.
The stunning and sophisticated coastal capital of Montevideo is one of the only continental capitals that integrates a loop of charming beaches into its metropolitan backdrop. More than 90 percent of the city’s residents are of European decent—a heritage that comes alive in their colorful festivals, entertaining plays and dances, and delicious cuisine. Inland, the culture of the gaucho (the South American cowboy) remains strong, with locals wearing the same authentic attire as the generations that preceded them.