Uruguay, a country not very known by Europeans, is first and foremost famous for its beaches. Its pampa, a land of gauchos and the colonial charm of its interior cities should not be neglected. But the real wealth of this country is the Uruguayans, generous and warm.
With an area of 176,215 km² and a population of 3.5 million, Uruguay is one of the smallest countries in South America. It is located between Brazil to the north and Argentina to the west, from which it is separated by the Uruguay River, which flows into the estuary of the Río de la Plata. Uruguay is essentially made up of large plains, most of which are used for sheep and cattle breeding. Low altitude mountain ranges bring some relief to the country. Uruguay is best known for its coastline. The Gold Coast, which extends for nearly 70 km along the Río de la Plata, has about thirty seaside resorts, ideal for family holidays. The department of Rocha, in the east, is prized by surfers for the height of the waves.
Winters (June to September) are mild with temperatures ranging from 10° to 16°C. Festivities and folklore lovers will appreciate staying in Uruguay during the carnival, on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Holy Week is an opportunity to attend folk music concerts, Asados (barbecues), horse training demonstrations or horse riding.
Uruguay is one of the most European countries in Latin America. Its population is made up of descendants of Spanish, Italian, German, French and Russian immigrants. If its beaches and seaside resorts, more or less luxurious, are ideal for boating, sailing, fishing, water sports or simply relaxing, Uruguay is also a very agricultural country as you can discover during a stay in an Estancia run by real gauchos.