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Situated between Brazil, Argentina and the Atlantic Ocean, Uruguay is still a little-known destination in South America. With only 3.4 million inhabitants, of which almost half live in the capital Montevideo, the Uruguayan lands are like an extension of the Argentinean pampas. With just over 176 square kilometers, the country relies on its natural beauty too attract tourists. From countryside estâncias to amazing hot springs, popular beaches to the rustic charm of historic towns, you’ll be able to discover a country that is still a hidden gem among South American destinations.

About Uruguay

Uruguayis a country full of all kinds of entertainment: fun and gastronomy in the capital, the stretch of beaches, surfing-fishing villages along the coast, adventure and contemplation in the Pampas, history and culture in historic cities and, above all, rest and relaxation in hot springs. 
Starting from the north of the country, the Salto region is famous for its hot springs complex, in particular Termas del Arapey which are the most visited springs in the country, due to the temperature of the waters that reach up to 44 ° C.

Santa Teresa National Park is one of Uruguay's northeastern highlights. Situated less than 50km from the Brazilian border, the park has 3000 hectares of native vegetation and a garden with more than 300 species of roses. Next to the park is Cabo Polonio, a quiet fishing village considered part of Uruguay’s natural heritage, where the ocean and dunes are combined in a paradisiacal landscape.
Also to the north, the Riviera region is visited by travelers looking for rural tourism. Here you can enjoy life in the countryside and go on horseback rides, trekking and jeep and biking tours.

Those coming from the countryside to the coast can reach the capital Montevideo in a few hours. Montevideo is a city endowed with cultural attractions and surrounded both by sea and river waters, where you can also sunbath at the beach. Montevideo also has several green spaces, such as Parque Rodo, whose landscape was inspired by French parks, and the Prado neighborhood and its botanical Garden and Rosery with more than 300 species of roses.

Famous Punta Del Este, is in the southern region, and it is Uruguay’s tourist hub. With great infrastructure for travellers, the city is surrounded by beautiful beaches, whose waves attract sports practitioners such as surfers, windsurfers, diving, sailing and jet skiing. Tourists can also visit the city’s ‘postcard’: Al Ahogado, a sculpture of five fingers partially buried in the sand, created by Chilean artist Mario Irrazábel.

Only 8km from the coast is Isla Del Lobos, one of the biggest sea lion colonies in South America, inhabited by over 200 thousand of these animals, as well as several species of migratory birds.

Our Experience Highlights for Uruguay

  • Spend an afternoon relaxing in Termas del Arapey, whose waters are used in beauty and therapeutic treatments.
  • Observe hundreds of seals and sealions in their natural habitat on Isla Del Lobos
  • Enjoy the sun in Punta del Diablo, considered one of the five best beaches in South America by Lonely Planet
  • Starting from Montevideo, drive along the Wine Route and visit some of the country’s best wineries
  • Explore the Uruguayan countryside on a horseback ride
  • Fish in the calm waters of La Tuna Island
  • Explore Balneario José Ignacio, the best place to practice sports like windsurfing, kiteboarding and kayaking.

Natopia offers you a range of experiences to help you get the most of the natural wonders Uruguay has to offer. If you cannot find what you are looking for let us know and with our knowledge, connections, and access we will help you find the natural experiences that will make your trip to Brazil something you will remember for a lifetime.