A peaceful, laidback destination with a long history of liberalism, this pint-sized nation finds itself squeezed between Brazil and Argentina, and is often overshadowed by its heavyweight neighbours. After two centuries living in the shadow of its neighbours, South America’s smallest country is finally getting a little well-deserved recognition. However, as Uruguay has come to appreciate its subtle charms and small-scale attractions, so too have travellers. Progressive, stable, safe and culturally sophisticated, Uruguay offers visitors opportunities to experience everyday ‘not made for tourists’ moments, whether caught in a cow-and-gaucho traffic jam on a dirt road to nowhere or strolling with mate-toting locals along the beachfront.
The jewel in Uruguay’s crown, definitely is the capital, Montevideo. It is a handsome place of stunning architecture, breezy promenades and sandy beaches. It’s also home to the world’s longest carnival, a heady six-week street party that puts other South American cities to shame. Uruguay is well-known for its hot spring resorts, which combine the healing properties of their waters, spa and esthetic treatments, as well as aquatic parks. Thus, visitors of all ages will choose the best alternative. This section presents the hot spring resorts in the country and their characteristics.