By almost every quality of life metric, high literacy, low corruption, freedom of the press and a host of other civic liberties, ultra-liberal Uruaguay is a Latin American leader. The verdant nations shares with its bigger neighbours Brazil and Argentina a passion for football, a proclivity for a juicy steak and a thriving gaucho culture (horsemen, cattle ranches and big open skies). Peaceful and prosperous its rolling farmland rears up into a charming coastline of wonderous colonial towns, lonely finishing villages, surf-pounded beaches and in Punta del Esta, probably South America’s liveliest beach party capital.

Bustling Montevideo is a fascinating mix of the old and the new, while lovely Colonia del Sacramento is laid back with historic buildings and cobbled streets. The grassy hills of the interior offer endless opportunities for horseback riding, trekking, and wine tasting, with the picturesque town of Carmelo standing out as a popular destination. While the wetlands of the Esteros de Farrapos e Islas del Rio are a haven for birdwatching and wildlife spotting. With its understated charm and unique blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and relaxed atmosphere, Uruguay is a must-see destination for any traveller seeking an authentic South American experience.

Top Recommendations

  • Explore Montevideo, the nation’s culturally rich capital, with neoclassical buildings and a photogenic old town
  • Punta del Este, known for its beautiful beaches, luxury hotels and vibrant nightlife
  • The picturesque cobblestone streets of Colonia del Sacramento, beautifully set above the Rio de la Plata
  • Explore the wetlands of Esteros de Farrapos and sample the wide variety of flora and fauna
  • Visit the Santa Teresa National Park, located in northeastern Uruguay and is home to beautiful beaches, hiking trails, and a variety of wildlife.
  • Discover Uruguay cowboy culture at the Fiesta de la Partia Gauch that take place in Tacuatembo in March, featuring rodeos parades and fol music

When to Visit

Uruguay is truly a year-round destination and the main sights can be enjoyed in all seasons. However, the best time to visit Uruguay is generally considered to be from October to April due to the warmer weather. The beaches are very popular in the peak Summer months of December to February and rainfall is pretty consistent, if mild year-round.

Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Montevideo.