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Things to do in Uruguay

Visitors will be hard pressed to decide where to start their vacation, as there are simply too many things to do in Uruguay. The first thing that captures visitor's attention is the amazing architecture found everywhere you look. From cobblestone streets to European-influenced public buildings, sightseeing has never been this much fun. Make sure to visit places such as the Cabo Polonio lighthouse and the sculpture created by Chilean artists Mario Irarrazabal , La Mano en la Arena.

If you enjoy adventure, spend some time learning how to surf and catch some waves. Go waterskiing with a skilled instructor, rent a couple of jet skis, or find the perfect vessel for parasailing. All these can be enjoyed on the amazing Atlantic coast of Uruguay. If all these activities leave you drained, rejuvenate yourself at the thermal baths in Termas de Daymán.

If you enjoy local festivities arrange to take a holiday during carnival season. The exact dates change as carnival, better known as Mardi Gras, falls on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Another time to visit Uruguay is during Holy week, again check your calendars. Holy week has been renamed as tourism week.

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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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