Just popping over from Buenos Aires for a couple of days? Don’t overdo it! Focus your energy on the easygoing, picturesque historical river port of Colonia or the urban attractions of Montevideo, both an easy ferry ride from the Argentine capital.
If you’ve got a week up your sleeve, continue north along the Atlantic coast and sample a few of Uruguay’s best beaches: the early-20th-century resort of Piriápolis, glitzy Punta del Este, isolated Cabo Polonio, surfer-friendly La Paloma and La Pedrera, or the relaxed beach-party town of Punta del Diablo. Alternatively, follow the Río Uruguay upstream toward Iguazú Falls via the wineries of Carmelo, the quirky industrial museum at Fray Bentos and the hot springs of Salto.