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Uruguay, (population: 3,399,000) the smallest Spanish-speaking country in South America, looks a bit like an upside-down diamond wedged between Argentina and Brazil. For tourists wanting to travel off the beaten track, it may just be a diamond-in-the-rough.

The majority of the country consists of wind-blown prairie, or Gaucho Country (cowboy country). Lend a hand, or sit back and relax on one of the ranches, estancias, in this untamed Uruguayan terrain for as long as you like. Many of these ranches have opened up to tourism.

If you’d rather shelve the cowboy boots and slip on your flip-flops, Uruguay also has a long stretch of South Atlantic Ocean coastline. The most popular resort is Punta del Este, but there are plenty of other worthy beaches along the coast. The Río Uruguay makes up part of the border with Argentina and provides easy ferry access to Buenos Aires, especially from the lovely Colonia del Sacramento. Trips to Uruguay are frequently combined with its giant neighbor Argentina to the south

Some attractions not to miss on your trip to Uruguay:

Montevideo: this capital city features beaches, colonial plazas, outdoor cafes, and a plethora of restaurants, nightclubs and casinos

Punta del Este: A finger-like peninsula extending to the southernmost point in Uruguay, Punta del Este, is wildly popular and fills to capacity during the warm summer months, December to March.

The region of Uruguay north of Montevideo all the way to the Brazilian border is known as Gaucho Country. This large chunk of Uruguay is best explored on horseback. There are many converted ranches, estancias, where you can spend the night, or just a day.

Colonia del Sacramento (population: 117,600) is a ferry ride across the RĂ­o de la Plata from Buenos Aires and features historical gems like the oldest church in Uruguay, the only Plaza de Toros (bull ring) in Uruguay and a historic center with a fortress and contraband port that are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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02 Nov 2015

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Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail

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The Nasca Lines

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Las Grutas

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Lagunas de Mojanda

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Punta Hermosa Beaches

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Things to do in Uruguay

Calle La Ronda

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Museo de Arte Latino de Buenos Aires (MALBA)

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The Inca Trail

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Evita Museum

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Cerro San Cristobal Funicular

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Trekking in Torres del Paine

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Otavalo's Markets

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Perito Moreno Glacier

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Museo Oro del PerĂş / Gold Museum

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Museo Nacional de ArqueologĂ­a / National Archaeology Museum

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