Things To Do in Uruguay

Make sure your visit to Uruguay is unforgettable. Our selection of things to do in Uruguay shuns the standard tourist attractions and goes for unspoiled beaches, live music, carnival tours, wineries, riding with gauchos and more

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Arazá – Native Uruguay cuisine

Arazá – Native Uruguay cuisine

Native Uruguay cuisine in Montevideo. Special events include monthly expeditions to El Prado park to identify local plants–and after you get to taste them.

Architecture & Museums

Hotel Solis – historic, coastal B&B

Hotel Solis – historic, coastal B&B

Be a part of history. Once the best hotel in Uruguay-and British spy HQ in WW2!-, nestling by beaches, wineries and trekking, and being lovingly restored.

Private walking tour of the Old City

Private walking tour of the Old City

Climb the iconic Palacio Salvo, get a feel for carnival and learn juicy facts about the history and architecture. All the while sipping ‘mate’ like a local.

The Montevideo Marijuana Museum

The Montevideo Marijuana Museum

The Cannabis Museum puts the country’s ground-breaking legislation in context and explains, why for Uruguayans, it’s not as radical as you might think.

Montevideo’s Prado neighbourhood

Montevideo’s Prado neighbourhood

Minutes from downtown, Montevideo’s leafy El Prado district is a photographer’s paradise of ghostly mansions, stately art galleries and tangled greenery.

Why we love Montevideo

Why we love Montevideo

Montevideo is often overshadowed by Buenos Aires. Three well-travelled bloggers tell what made them fall in love with South America’s off-the-radar capital.

The Gaucho Museum

The Gaucho Museum

Most museums in Montevideo are run by the state and free to visit. The Gaucho Museum is located in a fantastic “palacio” worth a visit in its own right.

Beaches & Outdoors

Where are the best beaches in Uruguay?

Where are the best beaches in Uruguay?

A secret for North Americans and Europeans, Uruguay’s beaches have been a favourite with Argentinians for years. So where are the best beaches in Uruguay?

8 things to do in Punta del Este

8 things to do in Punta del Este

Argentines and Brazilians LOVE ‘Punta’–it’s Uruguay’s glamour puss beach resort. So you may be surprised at some of our must-do things to do.

The WHALES are back in Uruguay!

The WHALES are back in Uruguay!

The first sighting of whales in Uruguay this year was in May. They’ll be around until November. So where’s the best place to watch whales?

5 amazing beaches in Rocha, Uruguay

5 amazing beaches in Rocha, Uruguay

Without a doubt, Rocha has some of the very best beaches in Uruguay. And they’re almost totally deserted for virtually ten months of the year.

Montevideo’s Prado neighbourhood

Montevideo’s Prado neighbourhood

Minutes from downtown, Montevideo’s leafy El Prado district is a photographer’s paradise of ghostly mansions, stately art galleries and tangled greenery.

Whale-watch in Uruguay

Whale-watch in Uruguay

In Uruguay you can watch whales close-up from the beach. Save yourself an expensive trip to Patagonia & feel great that your viewing generates zero stress.

Carnival & Music

Carnival in Uruguay – what is murga?

Carnival in Uruguay – what is murga?

Murga is an instantly recognisable musical style associated with carnival. It’s a uniquely Uruguayan phenomenon, with very distant roots in Cadiz, Spain.

Montevideo #1 in new travel show

Montevideo #1 in new travel show

The host of this brand new travel show fell in love with Montevideo. The wine, soccer, carnival, food… so many things to do.

Montevideo Carnival 2020 dates

Montevideo Carnival 2020 dates

Montevideo has the world’s longest carnival starting January thru early March. We’ve got the links you need in English about where to go and what to see.

What’s worth checking out in Carnival

What’s worth checking out in Carnival

Carnival starts late January till early March. Yes, it’s the world’s longest carnival. The parades and shows you must not miss, where to buy tickets, etc.

Tango dancing in Montevideo

Tango dancing in Montevideo

Dance tango in Uruguay. Especially if you are a beginner or intermediate tango dancer, the tango scene in Montevideo is much friendlier than Buenos Aires.

What is candombe?

What is candombe?

Candombe is an essential part of Uruguayan culture. Every neighbourhood has its comparsa (troupe), regardless of social class or background.

Montevideo’s Old Town is blooming

Montevideo’s Old Town is blooming

Ciudad Vieja, the Old Town, is Montevideo’s most socio-economically diverse barrio. Check out how neighbours are bringing locals – and visitors – together.

Countryside & Gauchos

Gaucho week in Montevideo – Easter

Gaucho week in Montevideo – Easter

Traditional food, handmade goods, and South American cowboys riding wild horses. It’s the Semana Criolla – Montevideo’s Easter gaucho festival.

Driving in the Uruguay countryside

Driving in the Uruguay countryside

Driving in the interior of Uruguay is a real pleasure. Calculate a little extra time and relax on some of the emptiest roads in the world.

Exploring the Uruguayan interior

Exploring the Uruguayan interior

Deepest Uruguay begins just an hour from the capital. Explore centuries-old ranches, a village with 100 murals, a Milk Festival & ghostly train stations.

Tours & Classes

Birdwatching Tour in Punta del Este

Birdwatching Tour in Punta del Este

See 30-40 bird species as you tour Parque Indigena, a national park on the Maldonado river just ten minutes from Punta del Este and five from La Barra. 

Private walking tour of the Old City

Private walking tour of the Old City

Climb the iconic Palacio Salvo, get a feel for carnival and learn juicy facts about the history and architecture. All the while sipping ‘mate’ like a local.

Private City Exploration Of Montevideo

Private City Exploration Of Montevideo

Learn juicy historical background and secrets behind the city’s most beautiful architecture as you tour Montevideo in a private, air-conditioned vehicle.

Tango dancing in Montevideo

Tango dancing in Montevideo

Dance tango in Uruguay. Especially if you are a beginner or intermediate tango dancer, the tango scene in Montevideo is much friendlier than Buenos Aires.

Learning Spanish in Montevideo

Learning Spanish in Montevideo

Readers have asked me to recommend a good Spanish language school. Academia Uruguay gets the thumbs up from people I know who have studied there & teachers.

Wineries

Wine delivery around Montevideo

Wine delivery around Montevideo

Stay safe and still get hold of your favourite Uruguay wines. Call in your order by WhatsApp and the wines arrive at your door. Easy as that.

The Top Tannats of 2020

The Top Tannats of 2020

One in three bottles of Uruguay wine is a Tannat. Yes, Uruguayans LOVE this red. Nowadays there’s a Tannat for every occasion. We celebrate the Top Tannats.

Montevideo #1 in new travel show

Montevideo #1 in new travel show

The host of this brand new travel show fell in love with Montevideo. The wine, soccer, carnival, food… so many things to do.

An introduction to Uruguay wine country

An introduction to Uruguay wine country

Uruguay is the new world’s undiscovered wine gem. Plan your trip to Uruguay wine country. Tips to regions, wine tasting in Montevideo & private wine tours.

Manuel Filgueira: Ninja winemaking in Uruguay

Manuel Filgueira: Ninja winemaking in Uruguay

Trained in elite French chateaux but down to earth, Manuel Filgueira is one of Uruguay’s top winemakers, producing tiny quantities of exceptional wine through “sheer stubbornness”.

The 20 very best Uruguayan wines

The 20 very best Uruguayan wines

Uruguay’s wine production is small yet magnificent. Here’s the very best from the Guru’Guay Guide to Uruguay, a guide to wine country and more.

Wine tasting in Carmelo

Wine tasting in Carmelo

Wine tasting at the unique family-run boutique wineries of Carmelo, Uruguay. Plan your route, find contact details and prices.

Carmelo: The Uruguayan Tuscany

Carmelo: The Uruguayan Tuscany

Not a huge amount to things to do in Carmelo, besides drink wine. Thank god! Visit vineyards, drink fine wine & relax in a tiny Tuscany without the hordes.

6 Uruguayan wines you MUST try

6 Uruguayan wines you MUST try

Argentinians know wine. Local expert Claudio Angelotti selects neighbour Uruguay’s best wines. The Guru translates his recommendations for your enjoyment.

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