The climate is subtropical but is known to change rapidly when a front moves in and encounters no resistance from the low-lying landscape. Local markets and small shops are where you will find leather goods, antiques, textiles, and typical Spanish and Italian cuisine. Cattle have traditionally outnumbered people and therefore travelers can easily find affordable and high-quality steaks just about anywhere. Yerba Mate is the drink of choice for the locals - do not be afraid to give it a try! The country is also rapidly becoming known for its fine wines.
Uruguay is now an extremely progressive country, offering free education and operating under a stable democratic government. It is similar in operation to the government of Switzerland and many comparisons have been drawn between the two countries. Historic tensions between right and left wing born from the Argentine and then Uruguayan Civil Wars in the 19th and 20th centuries were cooled by then-President José Batlle y Ordóñez as he adopted a democratic form of government and facilitated industrialization, but a period of military coup from 1973 - 1985 crushed the blossoming democracy.
Since then, Uruguay has practiced open and free labor and political conditions with a generally very accepting population. Low rates of violent crime and social progressiveness separates Uruguay from other countries in South America and tends to be a popular vacation spot of Argentines and Brazilians, among many others.
Immerse yourself in the delicious local foods and wines of Uruguay.
Duration:: 10 days, 9 nights
An active 8-day trip with biking, hiking, birdwatching and horseback riding across the plains of Uruguay.
Duration:: 8 days, 7 nights
A perfect week-long trip food and wine extension to Brazil or Argentina.
Duration:: 7 days, 6 nights
The itinerary flowed smoothly and all of our transfers and guides were exactly on time and very helpful. It was a no-worry vacation. When planning the trip our travel agency listened to our wishes and we planned out together where we would go, when we would need a guide and when we would just be on our own. The ultimate decisions were left up to us.