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  • Nick and Dariece | October 13, 2016 9:00 PM ET

    Traveling to Uruguay: There's Something For Everyone

    Traveling to Uruguay: There's Something For Everyone

    Bordered by its giant South American neighbors Argentina and Brazil, Uruguay is a small country by comparison, nestled in the Southeastern region of the continent. Known for its beach lined coast and being just a short hop over the Rio del Plata, it’s a popular holiday destination for many Argentines.

    Winning its independence in 1828 after a four-way tussle between Spain, Portugal, Brazil and Argentina, the country is steeped in colonial history and has a strong European influence.

    With a progressive, but laid back government, the country is regarded as one of the most liberal nations in the world. A South American forerunner in terms of equality and diversity, Uruguay has legalized abortion and same-sex marriage and also passed a law decriminalizing the sale and production of Cannabis.

    With so much encouraged acceptance and diversity among Uruguayans it’s no surprise that many towns and cities have a completely different style and appeal. There's an area of Uruguay for everyone!

    Colonia Del Sacramento

    With a sleepy indifference, Colonia, as it's known as for short, is well-loved for its charm and peacefulness. The historic buildings and cobblestone streets dotted with run-down vintage cars and old carts in Barrio Historico make for an enchanting stroll around the town.

    The colonial architecture is reminiscent of when the port was a Portuguese settlement and there are still remnants of the old city wall. A climb up the lighthouse allows for a pretty spectacular bird’s eye view of the place.

    The town has a collection of eight small museums, that can all be visited on one ticket to get a real taste of colonial life here. An easy stroll along the bay will provide you with plenty of perfect locations to sit and enjoy the spectacular sunsets here...which are even better when accompanied with a glass of the locally produced dark and full-bodied tannat red wine!

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    Punta del Este

    A crazy party town, this exclusive beach resort showcases a pretty luxurious property portfolio and boasts some of the best nightlife around. Nicknamed by the media as the "Hamptons of Buenos Aires" it's a playground for the social elite who simply call it “Punta.”

    If you know your South American celebrities, you are sure to spot a few here. It’s all glitz and glamour as fit beach bodies strut their stuff on the gorgeous sands. The swanky restaurants will set you back a pretty penny but if it beautiful beach days and lively party nights that you are after this is the place for you!

    Punta del Diablo

    With its rustic and hippy vibe, this slightly more remote beach town is popular with backpackers and those on a budget. Many stay in beach huts and choose to spend their days either relaxing in hammocks or frolicking in the surf with the excellent waves on offer.

    Street stalls selling funky jewelry and bohemian style clothing set up along the dirt track roads leading off the main promenade, Avenida Pescadores.

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    Once a sleepy fishing village the place now has many restaurants that provide excellent choices of BBQ or seafood dishes. With its laid-back attitude, it’s easy to lose yourself in the culture here.


    As the capital, it is the political and economic center of the country and is home to more than half of the entire population of Uruguay. Mass immigration from Spain and Italy mean that the city has a very European and cosmopolitan feel to it.

    It's also reputed among Uruguayans as the real home of Tango. New meets old here as the crumbling houses, flea markets and worn cobblestone streets of Cuidad Vieja contrast with the smart, modern cafes and boutique shops along 18 Julio Avenue. If you are interested in art, you will be spoiled for choice.

    Even a disused prison has been refurbished as an art gallery, with the old cells being used by resident artist as workshops! The big café culture means many of these also double as coffee shops.

    The Mercado del Puerto, once full of street stalls is now a food lover’s paradise with almost too many steak houses to choose from. The best time to visit the city is during the annual three-month-long carnival which is held in celebration of Uruguayan culture where elaborate parades and street bands with wild drumming pound the streets.

    Can’t choose? Why not go on a Uruguayan road trip and visit them all to decide for yourself!

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Nick and Dariece Notes from the Goats

Nick and Dariece Nick and Dariece are the couple behind Goats On The Road, a website designed to inspire others to live a financially sustainable, location independent lifestyle. Masters at making money abroad and turning their travels into a way of life, they've been on the road since 2008 and have explored some of the least visited places on earth, finding adventure wherever they go. They are also full time contributors at Credit Walk where they share their expertise of making money and travelling forever. Check them out at Goats On The and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
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