A small country tucked away along the south eastern coast of the South American continent, Uruguay is a scintillating blend of lush countryside, picturesque beaches, charming colonial towns, urban cities, elusive wildlife, bustling nightclubs and restaurants, and opulent festivals. The country is landlocked between Argentina to its west and Brazil to its north and east, opening out the Atlantic Ocean on its south and south east. The capital and the largest city of Uruguay of Montevideo.
Before the Europeans arrived in Uruguay, it was inhabited by indigenous tribes. Spanish explorer Juan Diaz de Solis visited the land in 1516 but his conquest wasn’t a success. The Portuguese came by in 1680 and established the town on Colonia. However, Spain took over control in the 18th century and established Montevideo. After a four-way struggle between Portugal, Spain, Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay gained its independence between 1811 and 1828. Foreign interventions and military influences continued till the late 20th century. Today Uruguay is a democratic republic with a ruling President.
The country is predominantly Roman Catholic with a majority of 46%, while the remainder are minorities including Protestants and Jews. While Spanish is the official and most widely spoken language in Uruguay, residents living along the northern border with Brazil also speak Portuguese and Portunol (a mix of Spanish and Portuguese). Due to its location in the temperate zone, the country experiences mild summers and winters.
Whether you fancy horseback riding, wildlife watching, lazing around on the immaculate beaches, or even hard-core partying, Uruguay has you covered.
A small country tucked away along the south eastern coast of the South American continent, Uruguay is a scintillating blend of lush countryside, picturesque beaches, cha...