Uruguay tours undoubtedly offer one of the very best ways to get to know this enticing and enchanting South American city. There is a wealth of things to see and do here, both in the form of urban fun and rural exploration. As a result, arranging Uruguay tour packages can prove the key to enjoying the country to the max.
Perhaps what makes Uruguay tours so appealing is the ease with which you can get around the country. Uruguay is South America’s second-smallest country, after Suriname, which means you can travel from any one destination to another within its borders relatively quickly—usually within a day. Traveling by roads is the way to go here, as there is no domestic flight network or extensive train service. But that doesn’t matter: The roads are excellent, there are plenty of buses linking most major destinations, and car rentals are easy to come by. Thus, unlike in other South American countries, Uruguay’s infrastructure lends itself to all-encompassing tours.
These Uruguay tours come in many shapes and sizes. One of the easiest forms of tours you can do is guided tours in Montevideo. Most international travelers come to Uruguay via its capital, as this is where the one international airport is situated. Consequently, you can join one of the tours in Montevideo within hours of reaching the country. And what tours they are—Montevideo is a fascinating capital; a city that mixes modern sensibilities with age-old colonial architecture. Tours in Montevideo pay particular attention to this latter element, and you'll likely to be shown the Plaza Independencia on any route around the city. The plaza contains the wonderful Palacio Savo, the Teatro Solis, and the Casa del Gobierno, all of which exemplify the architectural style of yore. Other stops on these tours include Ciudad Vieja (the Old Town), and the magnificent Rambla, a promenade that runs alongside the city's more than ten miles of sandy beaches.
Away from the capital, Uruguay tour packages tend to either hug the Atlantic Ocean or head into the country’s agricultural hinterland. Uruguay tours of beach resorts will visit Punta del Este and Punta del Diablo, which are only about twenty miles apart, and they may also visit the smaller, more traditional villages of Cabo Polonio and La Paloma. All of these destinations boast of beaches to die for; the latter two are far less frequented places that, for that reason, herald excellent nature-spotting opportunities.
Uruguay tour packages that head inland, meanwhile, typically make the most of the country’s excellent estancias, or working ranches. Around 90 percent Uruguay’s land is used for agricultural purposes, which means these estancias are dotted all over the place. They offer the wonderful opportunity to stay in a working ranch, learn how it operates, and even help out with day-to-day jobs. Horseback riding and traditional cooking lessons are popular things to do on an estancia tour.
Other types of tour available in Uruguay are based around activities. You can, for example, do short or extensive golf tours or fishing tours, both of which are popular among those who like to stay active while on vacation. Overall, despite the small size of the country, there are plenty of options to tailor your trip to Uruguay to suit you perfectly and make sure you have an unforgettable stay.