Uruguay is the most economically developed country in South America. Situated between Argentina to the west and Brazil to the north, it's a safe, progressive country home to about 3.5 million people. The capital city of Montevideo is a vibrant city known for its rich culture and beautiful architecture.
The key tourist destinations in Montevideo are the Mercado del Puerto (Port Market), a lively market offering everything from arts and crafts to music and dining; and the Plaza Independencia, a showpiece plaza with some of the city's most impressive architecture.
Ciudad Vieja, the oldest part of city is located on the harbour, and retains remnants of Uruguay's past. Wander the streets and you'll see classic iron gates and colonial street lamps, along with numerous antique shops, museums and cafes. Ciudad Vieja is great during the day, but a little seedy at night.
In the southwest, Colonia del Sacramento is a city steeped in history. The only Portuguese settlement along the Rio de la Plata, it has colourful Portuguese-style houses, narrow cobblestone streets and a beautiful harbour. Colonia del Sacramento was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995.
Plaza Independencia, Montevideo - By Leandro's World Tour