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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
Montevideo is a vibrant city of contrasts. It combines an international port and economic centre for the whole of Uruguay with a seaside resort consisting of sandy streets and pine forests.
José Ignacio is a lovely little fishing town 40km east of Punta del Este, and is quiet and peaceful for most of the year. However, during the summer months (December to March) this little town comes alive. People come from far afield to throw parties, enjoy carnival and see concerts in the lighthouse.
A couple of hours’ drive east of Montevideo lies Punta del Este, Uruguay’s (and possibly South America’s) most glamorous beach resort.
Located on one of South America's best beaches at José Ignacio, Estancia Vik offers 12 luxurious suites and a wide range of activities for guests, ranging from horseback polo to birding excursions.
A lovely option on the main square in the heart of the old town of Colonia del Sacramento, Hotel La Mision is well located and serviced by very friendly staff.
The tiny country of Uruguay lies sandwiched between its two giant neighbours, Argentina and Brazil. A wide range of experiences await the visitor – savour the architectural delights and bustling port market of its capital Montevideo, head for the white sandy beaches and glittery nightlife of the resort of Punta del Este, or take a step along the coast and back in time to the sleepy town of Colonia del Sacramento which has a UNESCO-protected colonial heart.
Carmelo lies opposite the Parana Delta where the Rio Uruguay becomes the Rio de la Plata. It is a pleasant little town with a tree lined avenue leading to the first swing bridge ever built in Uruguay.
A charming and lively town that was originally founded by Portuguese settlers arriving from Brazil in 1680, Colonia’s old town is a declared UNESCO heritage site.
14 1/2 hours (Montevideo)
Air Europa & TAM
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A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of.
Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year.
Travel is not recommended.
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