Uruguay is one of the smallest and often overlooked Latin American countries. Liberal and fun-loving, Uruguay is a land of rolling hills and verdant pastures, where you can can ride out on horseback in true gaucho style, returning to your estancia at the end of each day to tuck into steak and some excellent local wine.
Our partner Viajes Buemes, can tailor-make the right Uruguayan experience for your clients. From Boutique Beach Hotels to Whale Watching – via Gourmet Food Tours, blending your own wine and horse riding.
Andrea and her team at Buemes offer an exciting range of tours and excursions catering for FITs as well as groups, meetings, incentives and special interest tours. They understand the UK market especially well, working with a huge number of UK clients, as well as arranging the shore excursions for many of the world’s major cruise companies.
• Colonia – Like a walk back in time, this old colonial town is renowned for its cobbled streets and colourful houses and is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The little port of Colonia lies on the River Plate estuary and is easily accessible from Montevideo and Buenos Aires.
• Punta Del Este – Commonly referred to as the St Tropez of South America. The gentle waters of the beaches on the bay side of the peninsula are suitable for bathing and relaxing, while the rougher waters of the surfing beaches are on the ocean side. Punta del Este, is a see-and-be-seen jet-set mecca with a white sandy beach whose restaurants, clubs and designer boutiques would not look out of place on the French Riviera.
• Jose Ignacio – 30km from the bright lights of Punta del Este, Jose Ignacio is perceived as quieter but with a reputation for sophistication. Boutique hotels, excellent restaurants and near-empty beaches provide a different beach experience from Punta Del Este.
• Laguna de Rocha – This protected landscape on the Atlantic coast is well known for its biodiversity. Its ecosystem has made it a prime site for birds, especially waterfowl, otters, capybaras, turtles, foxes, rheas and mules; not to mention the Darwin frog, an endangered species worldwide.
• The nation’s waterfront capital, Montevideo is the third most southern capital in the world. It boasts a wonderfully eclectic mix of modern skyscrapers, art deco and colonial buildings. The city is a vibrant place with a rich cultural life and a thriving entertainment scene. Montevideo is well known for the Mercado del Puerto – where Uruguayans have been trading local goods since 1868. It’s a great place to grab a chivito, the steak sandwich that’s the national dish of Uruguay.
• Estancias – Uruguay’s grand old ranches. There is a wide range of options allowing you to step into the boots of gaucho for a few days and enjoy the freedom of the rolling plains. Choose from guest houses, farms and ranches in the centuries-old construction of the colonial era, sympathetically renovated to meet the needs of the 21st century visitor.
Stand-out Tours and Products Americas likes include:
• Whale watching – The season has just begun! Fourteen species of whales can be seen in Uruguayan waters including the impressive Southern Right Whale (Ballena Franca).
• Montevideo’s markets and bars – a four hour tour of Montevideo’s hidden treasures.