Uruguay is the second smallest country in south America. Yet, it is ranked first in Latin America for democracy, peace, lack of corruption, quality of living, press freedom, size of the middle class, prosperity and security.
It borders Argentina to its west and Brazil to its north and east, with the Río de la Plata (River of Silver) to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast. In 1512, the Portuguese became the first Europeans to explore the region that in now Uruguay. Cultural experiences in Uruguay include exploring the country’s colonial heritage. Montevideo, the country’s capital, houses the most diverse selection of cultural activities. Historical monuments such as Torres Garcia Museum as well as Estadio Centenario, which housed the first world cup in history. It is an important global exporter of combed wool, rice, soybeans, frozen beef, malt and milk.
The Uruguayan culture is strongly European as most of its citizens are of European ancestry. Its influences from southern Europe are particularly important, but so too is the tradition of the gaucho which has been an important element in the art and folklore of Uruguay.
One of the main natural attractions in Uruguay is Punta del Este on a small peninsula off the southeast coast. Its beaches are divided into Mansa, or tame (river) side and Brava, or rugged (ocean) side. The Mansa is more suited for sunbathing, snorkeling and relaxing, while the Brava is more suited for adventure sports such as surfing. Punta del Este adjoins the city of Maldonado, while to its northeast along the coast are found the smaller resorts. It is a welcoming destination with beaches, dunes, drowsy fishing villages, penguins, sea lions and whales to discover, colonial towns, classic working haciendas and historic vineyards. Experience this unique and dynamic country on a luxury tour to Uruguay with Big Five.
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