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Day trips

  • Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia del Sacramento is one of the oldest settlements in the country, proof of which is its ruins and antiquated buildings declared ‘”Cultural Heritage” by UNESCO, which expresses a fusion of Portuguese, Spanish and post-colonial styles. Its narrow cobblestone streets, the lighthouse of Punta de San Pedro, the wall and the old railway station make this city a destination that truly worth checking out.

Colonia, Uruguay

  • Punta del Este

The most prominent peninsula in South America is characterized by its beaches: the Brava and Mansa, and nearby beaches such as José Ignacia and Manantiales, which are part of the same summer circuit. This allows the visitor to enjoy the busiest sands in the country or spend a relaxing moment at beaches that are a little more exclusive and deserted. The weather is nice, although the day is hot, the night is usually a little fresher. The bustling nightlife of the city is one of its main attractions, the great variety of restaurants, bars and nightclubs are what make this region the premier destination for those who like the night.

  • Santa Lucía Wetlands

A few minutes from the city of Montevideo is a unique area in the department (20 hectares in total) consisting of an ecosystem produced where the Santa Lucia River opens into the estuary. The tides of the River Plate flow into the mouth of the Santa Lucia River, resulting in a saline wetland environment. Around this area there is a variety of tiny islands, streams and creeks, and an outstanding array of biodiversity. It is highly recommended as a place to relax and enjoy this unique landscape.

  • Isla de Flores (weekends only from October to March)

This island, near Montevideo’s promenade, once hosted a hotel for immigrants (to meet the old mandatory quarantine requirement before entering the country) and subsequently a prison (sadly used in many different periods, including the Terra dictatorship). Among the ruins of the abandoned building that can be visited today is the incinerator; built in the early twentieth century due to lack of land for burials. We can also enjoy the presence of large numbers of seabirds that make their nests here.

  • Playas de Canelones

The extensive lengths of beaches in this department, known as the Costa de Oro or “Golden Coast,” are a popular destination for those who want to enjoy white sand, whilst staying not roaming too far from Montevideo. Its resorts are a great option for those who don’t like overly touristy places, or prefer a more relaxed and natural atmosphere.

 
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