Hear about travel to Uruguay as the Amateur Traveler talks to Karen Higgs from guruguay.com about her adopted country of 20 years.
Karen says, “there are two types of people who come to Uruguay. There are the type of people who have been everywhere and they are looking for the last off the radar destinations to go to and when they arrive they will love to say after, ‘I am the only person that I know that has been to Uruguay’.”
“On the other hand, people who do their research, they are interested in going to Latin America. They are looking for a safe country, especially solo female travelers for example. They are looking at South America. They are Googling and they are like ‘hey there is this small country that’s there between Argentina and Brazil that seems to have all of these amazing statistics of development’. They look at it more closely and they discover that not only is it a progressive country and it’s been a progressive country for 150 years, it’s also got amazing beaches and it’s got amazing wine. It’s got this amazing world-class live music. Someone will say, the beef is just amazing. It’s laid back, small by South American standards, small enough to be able to get around. It’s a good starter country where Latin America is concerned.”
Karen starts us in Montevideo. She encourages us to check out the live music scene but discourages us from the museum scene in the city as most museums don’t have English information. She does encourage us to check out the Andes 1972 Museum. Walk the sea wall, try out the beef at the Port Market in Montevideo’s Old City.
Then Karen encourages us to get to a beach and make some suggestions for where to go including Punta del Diablo and Playa de Jose Ignacio. Skip Playa de Jose Ignacio during its short high season when it is one of the most expensive beach towns in the world.
Then get out to one of the wine-growing regions. There are some close to Montevideo and some near the UNESCO World Heritage site of Colonia del Sacramento. Colonia del Sacramento is a short ferry ride from Buenos Aires.
We talk about music and meet, wine and wi-fi, beaches and bars. Learn more about this approachable South American country.
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Guru’Guay: Visiting Uruguay
Size of Uruguay compared to Germany
Montevideo Wine Experience
The Port Market in Montevideo’s Old City
10 Foods you must try in Uruguay
Tira de Asado
Andes Museum 1972
Punta del Diablo
Playa de Jose Ignacio
Big Bang Nature Stays
Colonia del Sacramento
Manuel Filgueira: Ninja winemaking in Uruguay
Estación Penitente – Magical hill-top restaurant
Guru’Guay Guide to Montevideo
Guru’Guay Guide to Uruguay: Beaches, Ranches and Wine Country
Guru’Guay in the Amateur Traveler
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