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Uruguay Cruises

One of the most progressive and stable countries in South America, Uruguay is a beautiful place to visit on holiday. About a third of its 3.3 million people live in the metropolitan area of its capital and largest city, Montevideo. After the military rule during much of the 19th and 20th centuries, modern Uruguay is now a democratic constitutional republic. 

With an area of approximately 68,000 square miles, Uruguay is geographically the second-smallest nation in South America, after Suriname. However, the country is ranked first in Latin America for democracy, peace, lack of corruption and quality of life. 

Uruguay was inhabited by the Charrúa people for approximately 4,000 years before the Portuguese showed up. Signs of these early people still remain around the country, in ruins and in tribal languages.

Top 5 interesting facts

  • Football player Luis Suarez is from here, the one they call ‘El Cannibal’. 
  • ‘Uruguay’ means ‘river of painted birds’. 
  • Asado, a kind of barbecued beef, is the national dish in Uruguay.
  • Almost 75% of Uruguay is grassland. 
  • Football is the most popular sport in Uruguay.
 

Highlights

Landscapes

The landscape in Uruguay features rolling plains and low hill ranges with a fertile coastal lowland. The country has over 400 miles of coastline, along with many small river islands and lagoons along the Atlantic coast. There are ten national parks in Uruguay: five in the wetland areas of the east, three in the central hill country and one in the west along the Rio Uruguay. 

Countryside

The countryside in Uruguay is fascinating. Cows here outnumber humans three to one, and they’re the main lifeblood for the country’s economy. Make sure to take a trip out to a ranch from your Uruguay cruise to see how the country folk live here. 

On a cruise to Uruguay, you’ll see the rich and varied coastline up close, and you’ll approach the lively capital, Montevideo, from the sea. This is a great way to gradually take in the excitement of the city before you find yourself in the thick of it. 

 

City life

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Montevideo is an easy city to navigate on foot – the Rambla de Montevideo lines the coast and offers a stunning walk for you to take in the beaches, modern and classical buildings that line the route and chat to the locals out and about. 

Punta Gorda (or ‘Fat Point’) is a popular place to stop and picnic, with views of the Montevideo shoreline and cityscape. Montevideo is the southernmost capital city in the Americas, and the third most southerly in the world. Its architecture is a mix of colonial Spanish and Portuguese, and modern Latin American, which makes for a great photo. 

It’s highly recommended to sample some of the local cuisine on your cruise to Uruguay. The national drink maté is drunk from a hollowed gourd called a guampa (the metal straw is a bombilla). It has the taste of strong black tea, but the stimulating effect of coffee, giving you plenty of energy. Sweet treats, including crème caramel with dulce de leche and alfajores (shortbread cookies), are favourites for desserts or afternoon snacks.

 

Ports in the country

 

Cruises visiting Uruguay

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