Destination at a glance: Uruguay
Often called the Switzerland of South America, Uruguay remains a country of relative peace and prosperity in a sometimes-troubled region...
Places in Uruguay
The nation’s capital and home to nearly half of Uruguay’s population, Montevideo is a vibrant, eclectic place with a rich cultural life. Stretching 20km from east to west, the city wears many faces, from its industrial port to the exclusive beachside suburb of Carrasco near the airport.
Colonia del Sacramento
On the east bank of the Río de la Plata, 180km west of Montevideo, but only 50km from Buenos Aires by ferry, Colonia is an irresistibly picturesque town enshrined as a Unesco World Heritage site. Its Barrio Histórico, an irregular colonial-era nucleus of narrow cobbled streets, occupies a small peninsula jutting into the river.
Built near the falls where the Río Uruguay makes its ‘big jump’ (Salto Grande), Salto is Uruguay’s second-largest city and the most northerly crossing point to Argentina. It’s a relaxed place with some 19th-century architecture and a pretty riverfront. People come here for the nearby hot springs and the recreation area above the enormous Salto Grande hydroelectric dam.