South America’s Uruguay is often overlooked by travellers, but it is a real gem of a country, filled with lots of exciting things to do and see. There are loads of reasons to visit Uruguay, and the vast majority of people who take the time to explore this beautiful country are really pleased that they made the effort!
Uruguay shares land borders with Brazil and Argentina and has a stretch of coastline along the South Atlantic Ocean.
Some top reasons to visit Uruguay include:
Uruguay’s population is, for the most part, incredibly warm, welcoming, and friendly. The people of this beautiful country usually leave a long lasting impression on all who meet them. They are pretty relaxed by nature and there aren’t so many social barriers, as in other places, that people need to try and overcome. Society is largely based on respect for others, and if you treat others well you too will be well-treated.
Great Public Transport
Getting to different parts of the country is quite easy and hassle-free. There is a wide bus network that connects most of the major areas and the buses are reliable and safe. It is easy to rent a car, and the roads are generally well-maintained and not so busy. There are plenty of taxis around the cities and towns, and these are well-regulated and inexpensive. In the rural areas especially, hitch-hiking is common. Whilst one should take the usual precautions when hitching a lift, this is typically a safe and convenient way to get around places that are a little bit off the beaten track.
High Public Safety
When compared to other countries in South America, Uruguay has a fairly low level of violent crime. Petty crime still exists, but crimes where you are likely to be injured are fairly rare. As with many countries, there is less crime in the villages and rural areas than in the big cities.
Uruguay is one of the biggest meat producers in the whole world. It goes without saying, therefore, that if you enjoy a good steak, or other meat-based dishes, you are in for a culinary treat! The coastal areas are also well-known for their delicious seafood and fish dishes. You will see many Spanish and Italian influences in many meals.
There are lots of golden sandy beaches along the Atlantic Coast where you can spend pleasant days soaking up the sun, lazing on the soft sands, surfing the waves, and taking a dip in the ocean. Best of all, because Uruguay doesn’t see as many visitors as its neighbours, the beaches are often fairly quiet and not crowded.
Even the name of Uruguay helps to paint a picture of what natural treasures are in store in this magnificent land – it means The River of Colourful Birds in the native tongue! Unsurprisingly, it is a great country for bird lovers. There may not be many mountains, but there are lush forests, gushing rivers, and verdant rolling fields. Head into the countryside where the air is crisp and clean and enjoy scenic hiking, biking, camping, and horse riding. There are also some lovely islands and fishing is another a popular pastime.
The cities and towns are bursting with fab things to see and do. The country has a long and varied history, and there are loads of museums, theatres, colonial buildings, churches, cathedrals, gorgeous plazas, monuments … and more! Spend some time getting to know the capital of Montevideo and then check out some favourite places such as Colonia del Sacramento and Punta del Este.
There are so many reasons to visit Uruguay!