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See all 549 Montevideo Tips
  • Plaza Independencia

    4 out of 5 stars

    Montevideo Things to Do

    We paused here while walking about the city and enjoyed the fascinating architecture of some of the surrounding buildings. Photographers, be sure to have your zoom lens so you can capture the width of the square as well as building details.

  • Hotel Palacio

    Montevideo Hotels

    I fell in love with this nice hotel, in the heart of Montevideo. It's located right behind la plaza...

  • Panini's

    4 out of 5 stars

    Montevideo Restaurants

    Panini's provides an excellence of service and ambiance that one doesn't expect in laid back Uruguay. Often the food is sublime, but there are potholes along the way. Their breads are delicious and varied. Two pastas were wonderful a Sorrentino Caprese featured tender raviolis filled with a mouth-watering melted, gooey cheese filling and elegantly...


Colonia del Sacramento

  • the beach

    Colonia del Sacramento Things to Do

    There is a nice beach close to Colonia, though you'll need some form of transportation to get there (a little far for a walk, but using a rented golf cart will get you there easily). I didn't go swimming (I didn't have my swimsuit and didn't want to go naked or in underwear), but the guys in my group had lots of fun splashing around in the...

  • Don Antonio Posada

    Colonia del Sacramento Hotels

    A very nice hotel with modern conveniences but with a colonial atmosphere as well. A very nice...

  • The ferry

    Colonia del Sacramento Transportation

    To get to Colonia from Buenos Aires, you can take the ferry. The options include Buquebus and Colonia Express (the one we took). The boat ride takes about an hour or so and leaves BsAs early in the morning.


Punta del Este

See all 97 Punta del Este Tips
  • isla de lobos

    Punta del Este Things to Do

    The Island counts on slightly more than 180,000 seals. In the majority of the zoological and marine aquaria of the world the seals amaestradas are copies of sea lions of this island

  • Hotel L'Auberge

    Punta del Este Hotels

    There are so many words to describe this hotel. Romantic. Peaceful. Serene. Pristine. Quaint. ...

  • parrila

    Punta del Este Restaurants

    The place is really no frills, with wooden benches to sit on, but delivers very good meat at a very reasonable price.We were a party of 4, and both the charbroiled lamb rack and the rumpsteak (bife de chorizo) were delicious. So were the grilled vegetables that came with the meat, the fries, and the grilled morcilla (black pudding) and chorizo...



See all 45 Piriápolis Tips
  • good food

    Piriápolis Restaurants

    Service was very good , uncomplicated,accurate,and fast.and more the dish was good size and tasted good.. the Uruguayan classic "chivito" la milena with fries on a plate.It is almost like hamburger:bread,meat,lettuce,tomatoes,boiled egg

  • Hosteria Uruguay

    Piriápolis Hotels

    is probably average for this low price in Piriápolis – less than US$40 a night for a double. The...

  • Montevideo to Piriapolis

    Piriápolis Transportation

    Piriapolis lies about 80 km east of Montevideo and frequent buses, many of which go on to Punta del Este, connect the two. The bus station in Piriapolis is about 4 blocks from the beach and within easy walking distance of the youth hostel and most of the hotels. If you are trying to get from Piriapolis to anywhere not along the coast you'll most...



See all 14 Salto Tips
  • Acuamania

    Salto Things to Do

    Acuamania is another water-based attraction close to Salto, in Dayman, near the Termes del Dayman. It costs twice as much more to enter Acuamania and recieves only about 1/5th the amount of visitors to the Termes, but it's a fun place to visit nonetheless, and we spent a very enjoyable day here. Acuamania contains a number of pools, an artificial,...

  • Barcelo Arapey Oasis Hotel

    Salto Hotels

    Termas Del Arapey (Departamento De Salto), Salto,

  • Danger...in Salto??

    Salto Warnings and Dangers

    Having lived in Caracas, Venezuela for 9 years, I can confidently say that Salto has a minimal problem with crime and danger. It is sometimes difficult to enjoy travel in some of the larger cities because of the real possibility of becoming the target of a thief, but in Salto, tourists can pretty much walk around, even late at night, with out much...


La Paloma

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  • Birds

    La Paloma Favorites

    We added a new bird to our life list here. It was a beautiful white bird with black stripe on its wings and a black band at end of its tail. It wasn't a bird that we had ever seen before now. After much searching we finally found it in our birdbook. It is called a White Monjita.

  • Take your lunch

    La Paloma What to Pack

    If you are planning to go for a drive to check out the scenery, you best take your lunch with you. Everything seems to close up here in the off season. Luckily we did have water with us but we didn't find anything to eat.

  • Any thing with wheels

    La Paloma Transportation

    It doesn't seem to matter how you get around. A remarkable number of old cars grace the roads in Uruguay, along with scooters, bicycles, and even horse-drawn wagons.



See all 7 Carmelo Tips
  • Historic spots in a region of vineyards

    Carmelo Things to Do

    Very close to Carmelo we visited: *Calera de las Huérfanas, which used to be a limestone quarry and estancia run by the Jesuits. The ruins of the chapel are impressive. I also particularly enjoyed a nature trail which winds through dense native vegetation and made me feel like I was miles away from civilization. *Conchillas, a town built by a...

  • Colonia to Carmelo

    Carmelo Transportation

    There are a number of daily buses between Colonia del Sacramaneto and Carmelo. The buses leave from the main station in Colonia, and the journey to Carmelo, 75km west of Colonia, takes about 2 hours. This was our first bus journey in South America, and also our first opportunity to see the Uruguayan countryside. Which was very green and reminded me...

  • Fay Fay

    Carmelo Restaurants

    After exploring Carmelo we stopped in Fay Fay for a quick coffee and ice-cream before catching the bus back to Colonoia. Fay Fay was one of the few restaurants/cafes we came across in Carmelo. It's in a good location on one side of the main square, and offers simple, straightforward Uruguayan dishes at very good prices.


José Ignacio

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  • Best Restaurant in Uruguay, Sarava Jose...

    José Ignacio Restaurants

    Possibly the best restaurant I have dined at in South America. I have been visiting South America for 15 years and the food was simply delicious. Located in the Sand and Forest in Arenas of Jose Ignacio, the restaurant is a charming mix of chic and rustic. Wonderful music and excellent staff, I would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting...

  • Bird and Whale watching

    José Ignacio Sports & Outdoors

    Jose Ignacio is surrounded by lagoons, making it a paradise for birdwatchers. The streets are even named for local birds.You can see and hear the Right Whales,off shore, from March through October.

  • Playa Mansa

    José Ignacio Things to Do

    On the west side of the peninsula, the beach is usually calm.You will see fishermen working in this area along with their colorful fishing boats.Of course where there is fish there is also seagulls.



See all 4 Artigas Tips
  • Carnaval!!!!

    Artigas Things to Do

    OK, so I´ve never been there during Carnval. But I´ve always managed to go when the the major schools of Samba are having their ensayos (spelling?).It's basically about 1 month where they practice each night from about 11pm until 12, 1 or 2am, depending on the night. It's all in preparation for Carnval, and there are many people from Uruguay who...

  • Del Norte Artigas

    Artigas Hotels

    Lecueder 507, Artigas, Uruguay

    Good for: Couples

  • Got Milk?

    Artigas Favorites

    It´s amazing in my viewpoint to see how the milk man still comes around in a horse and carriage to deliver fresh milk every morning.I remember my first trip here when I was 10, I wouldn´t drink the milk because it had a distinctive taste. My aunt would boil the milk and chill it again before we consumed it (pasteurized I guess). haha...


San Gregorio de Polanco

  • Hoplias malabaricus

    San Gregorio de Polanco Sports & Outdoors

    I do not fish, and for me the fish have only biological and gastronomical interest, but I know that many people love fishing. Rincón del Bonete lake is a great place for fishers, and there they find "dorado" (Salminus maxillosus), "pejerrey" (Odontesthes bonariensis), and the vedette: "tararira tornasol" (Hoplias malabaricus).No pesco, y para mí...

  • Los Medanos

    San Gregorio de Polanco Hotels

    San Gregorio is a very small town, so there are not many accomodations; I never spent a night there,...

  • Private house

    San Gregorio de Polanco Things to Do

    The photo shows another paintwork, this time on the wall of a private house, situated on the street that leads to the beach (if I could remember the name...)La foto muestra otra de las obras, esta vez sobre los muros de una casa particular, situada sobre la calle que lleva hasta la playa (si pudiera recordar el nombre...)



See all 24 Tacuarembó Tips
  • Route 5

    Tacuarembó Transportation

    Tacuarembo is situated on Route 5, 490 Km from Montevideo, so it is very easy to reach by car; there are several bus companies which go there every day (Turil, Agencia Central, Nuñez, Corporacion) and you can check its scheduals at Tres Cruces BusTerminal.Tacuarembó está situada sobre Ruta 5, a 490 Km de Montevideo, por lo que es muy fácil llegar...

  • Central Hotel

    Tacuarembó Hotels

    General Flores 300, Tacuarembo, Uruguay

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Laguna de las Lavanderas

    Tacuarembó Things to Do

    Just 1 Km (0,6 miles) far from downtown, there is a nice park, where is situated the "Laguna de las lavanderas" (Laundry women's lagoon); all year long, it is a nice place to walk and relax, and every year, during the first week of March, since 1986, by the lagoon it takes place the "Fiesta de la Patria Gaucha" (Festivity of the Gaucho Homeland),...



See all 2 Atlántida Tips
  • The Eagle

    Atlántida Things to Do

    There are many legends written about this typical construction built on the Villa Argentina resort, right next to Atlantida. The most common is the one that tells that Nazis owned it so they could watch the Rio de la Plata river.This is certainly a place to visit and enjoy.

  • Hosteria Fortin De Santa Rosa Hotel

    Atlántida Hotels

    hotel was built in the 30's but is very clean and scrupulously maintained. jorge and the staff go...

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See all 4 Rocha Tips
  • mosca verde or The human botfly,...

    Rocha Warnings and Dangers

    is one of several species of fly the larvae of which parasitise humans, the female captures the mosquito and attaches its eggs to its body, then releases it. Either the eggs hatch while the mosquito is feeding and the larvae use the mosquito bite area as the entry point, or the eggs simply drop off the muscoid fly when it lands on the skin. The...

  • beaches

    Rocha Things to Do

    This seaside resort town known as La Coronilla is one of the earliest pioneers in tourist activity in the area. Moreover, it offers a range of options when it comes to hotels and gastronomy. La Coronilla, a tourist destination that is quite popular among Brazilians, is located near the borderline with Brazil. Moreover, the Chuy is another major...

  • Punta del Diablo

    Rocha Things to Do

    This is a typical fishing village. Its inhabitants remained isolated and devoted to shark fishing for many years. Over the past the great personality of this village, located on a rocky point, has began to attract more and more tourists. The village has a rustic essence of a small village by the sea and the informal though extremely attractive...


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