Journey to a Land of Contrasts on Azamara’s Cruises to Uruguay

Uruguay may be the second-smallest country in South America, but recently it’s creating a big splash on the international stage. Its spectacular coastline, cultural heritage, extended carnaval season, boutique wines, and laid-back lifestyle make an Azamara cruise to Uruguay a must on your traveling bucket list.

We’ll take you to two of Uruguay’s most popular destinations, with their two strikingly different personalities. “The world’s most chilled-out capital”, Montevideo is home to over a third of the country's population, and is renowned for its beaches, architecture, and festivals.

Then there’s Punta del Este (AKA the “Saint-Tropez of South America”), where you can see and be seen by the glitterati. Or discover the art of the Casapueblo and Ralli Museums, lounge on famous beaches, or visit the huge seal colony at Isla de los Lobos. 

No matter where your journey of contrasts begins or ends, you’ll stay longer and experience more with Azamara’s cruises to Uruguay.

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  • Ciudad Vieja (Montevideo’s Old Town) is full of historic sites and attractions like the Metropolitan Cathedral, Solis Theater, and Mercado del Puerto—a covered market of local shops and restaurants.
  • Head to Montevideo’s most important plaza, Plaza Independencia, which features such prominent landmarks as Artigas Mausoleum, Estévez Palace, the Executive Tower, and Palacio Salvo.
  • Ramble down La Rambla. Dubbed “the longest continuous sidewalk in the world”, it stretches over 13 miles along Montevideo’s coastline. Visit one of its many beaches, go for a bike ride, or do a little fishing.

Punta del Este

Visit the surrealistic, white-stucco Casapueblo museum, which was constructed by the Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró. Many of the works of “South America’s Picasso” are on display here.
  • Go to Playa Brava (“Beach of the Fingers”), which has a giant hand emerging from the sand. Its popularity is due to this incredible sculpture, as well as the golden sand, tasty food stalls, and beautiful sunsets.
  • Venture outside Punta del Este to explore the nearby charming towns of Manantiales, La Barra, and José Ignacio—a sleepy fishing village transformed into Latin America’s hottest (or is it coolest?) destination.

Food & Drink

  • Heavily influenced by Spanish, Italian, and other European cuisines, Uruguay offers a delicious variety of dishes, especially if you’re a carnivore. (Uruguay is the world’s top consumer of beef per person.)

  • Local specialties include chivito (sandwich with steak, ham, and cheese), asado (barbequed meats), pascualina (a spinach-and-egg savory pie), and choripán (grilled chorizo served in a crusty roll).
Uruguay’s national grape is Tannat, resulting in some excellent, deeply colored varietals. Other favorite drinks are clericó (wine mixed with fruit juice), grappamiel (grappa mixed with honey), and yerba mate tea.

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