The perfect country to visit if you’re looking for gringo-less travels, rolling countryside and incredible Atlantic beaches.

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If we only had 2 weeks: Uruguay itinerary

Uruguay is teeny enough that the longest bus you’ll have to take is 5 hours from Montevideo up to Punta del Diablo, which is on the border with Brazil. So don’t panic when you see ‘travel day’, it’s never going to be a full day!

Top tips for backpacking in Uruguay

Travellers in Uruguay are usually at the beginning of their journey (either having just landed from their home country or having only seen Brazil), or are at the end, having come from the north, so there is a lovely mix of people who need advice & people who have tons of advice.

Cobbled beauty in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

A little port town, which we only really visited because the ferry to Buenos Aires was much cheaper from there than from MVD, Colonia del Sacramento is picturesque, with charming cobbled streets and views of Buenos Aires over estuary.

Montevideo, Uruguay: South America’s most chilled capital

The vibe is Montevideo is… chilled. Thankfully, our experience of Montevideo changed dramatically once we knew people here. We made enough friends in the hostel to jovially drink the nights away, but we felt like our daytime exploration was kind of done within a few days.

Sunning with the elite in Punta del Este, the Miami of Uruguay

It’s hard to really judge this city because we went in October, when the resort is facing serious down-time.. Saying that, Punta del Este has a huge reputation for being the coolest play to vacay if you’re a wealthy young thang, so we’ll give it the benefit of the doubt.

Punta del Diablo, Uruguay’s laidback Atlantic paradise

Punta del Diablo is quaint, beautiful and a little touristy, but is on the edge of the Parque Nacional de Santa Teresa with lengthy, untouched beaches and stunning greenery. The town is a popular holiday destination for Uruguayans during the summer season (Dec-Jan).

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How easy is eating gluten-free in Uruguay?

It’s honestly hard to say whether it’s easy to eat gluten-free in Uruguay. That’s because although the national cuisine can only be described as “Meat’n’Wheat”, gluten-free products are often easier to find in Uruguayan shops than in the UK.

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