Known for friendly locals, breathtaking scenery and great value for money, Uruguay is a popular destination for travellers in South America. Bordering Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay is quite small in comparison, yet boasts amazing nature, long stretches of beaches and a unique history. Uruguay is a safe destination for the whole family and the perfect country to explore with your rental car.
The capital and largest city of Uruguay is Montevideo, located on the south coast of the country, looking across the water to Argentina. The city has a rich art and music culture, and loads of historical architecture throughout. Park your hire car near the downtown part of the city, and head off to explore Ciudad Vieja, also known to many as Old City, a well preserved historical part of the country. Be sure to enter the area through Puerta De La Ciudadela, a large stone gate which is the only remains of the walls which once protected the city.
For an insight into the history of Uruguay, visit the National History Museum, located throughout several buildings in Old City. During the 18th and 19th centuries, before its independence, Uruguay was fought over by the Spain, Brazil and Argentina, adding interesting history to an otherwise peaceful nation. While in Montevideo, drive your hire car down to Mercado Del Puerto, the marketplace located at the port which has been trading since the 1800s, a great place to try some local delicacies.
One of the most popular destinations for visitors to Uruguay is Punta Del Este, located about 150km east of Montevideo. Drive your rental car along the coast to visit the town, which is a favourite holiday place for both South Americans and foreigners alike. While in the town, visit Casa Pueblo, a large mansion built by artist Carlos Paez Vilaro, who wants his home to be a work of art in which he could live. The building uses almost no right angles and is a very interesting design indeed.
Jump in your hire car and head in the opposite direction from Montevideo to visit another popular destination, Colonia Del Sacramento. The oldest town in Uruguay, here you will find well-preserved homes and buildings from the 18th century, as well as the oldest church in the country, definitely worth checking out. The scenic drive along the coastline in your rental car will also add to a very pleasant day of seeing the sights.
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