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Things to do in Uruguay

Travelers looking for things to do in Uruguay won’t want to miss out on sampling the country’s world-renowned beef; whether bought at an outdoor market or enjoyed at a four-star establishment, Uruguay steak is second-to-known.

Eating aside, there are plenty of things do in Uruguay, as the country packs a powerful cultural punch. Theater-lovers wondering what to do in Uruguay should spend some time in the country’s capital city of Montevideo, which boasts a number of historic theater houses that put on a constantly rotating list of productions. The city also boasts a first-rate shopping scene, as well as a lively nightlife that ranges from tango bars to clubby beachfront discos.

Nature-lovers wondering what to do in Uruguay should avoid the country’s urban hubs and head to the more rural interior, replete with rolling plains and wildlife. Horseback riding is a good way to explore the countryside, allowing visitors to reconnect with the natural world under the sprawling Uruguayan sky.

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  • Almacén la Carlota

    This stylish general store is stocked with papier-mâché toys, zinc bowls, and works by local painters. More
  • Arblaster & Clarke

  • Crobar

    A bar that creates a warehouselike party atmosphere, complete with multiple dance levels, disco balls, and strobe lights. More
  • La Casa de Colonia

    At a boutique behind her home, owner Beatriz Butler showcases up-and-coming artists, including Ana Noya, distinguished in 2010 at the Salón Naciona... More
  • Maita Barrenechea

    Barrenechea is known for helping to cultivate travel to Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. When Argentina had very little travel infrastructure, Barren... More
  • Moby Dick

    Punta's longest-running bar and springboard for diving into the city's (late) nightlife. More
  • Oveja Negra

    Designer Silvia Sarti uses traditional looming techniques to make jackets, skirts, sweaters, and shawls in soft merino wool. More
  • Plaza Artigas

    At this lively streetfair, most stalls sell inexpensive folkloric souvenirs and are worth visiting. More
  • Soho, Punta del Este


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