Uruguay is a small, yet prosperous country found in the heart of South America sandwiched between Argentina and Brazil. Its capital city, Montevideo, one of South America’s most interesting capitals, was founded by the Spanish governor of Buenos Aires, in 1726, to prevent the Portuguese from Brazil extending south and fortifying the strategic heights in the region. It is a delight for lovers of culture with museums, theatres, exhibitions, shows, popular feasts and a living showcase of art and history. The rest of Uruguay offers charming colonial towns, the hilly interior (true gaucho country) and a cluster of internationally renowned beach resorts. These white sandy beaches are beginning to attract the attention of tourists who are welcomed by the friendly native population. For nature lovers, the Eastern Wetlands contain swamps, lagoons, marshes, and streams with hundreds of bird species.
Some of the most impressive seaside resorts in South America are to be found east of Montevideo to the Brazilian border. West of Montevideo and across the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires, Argentina, is the coastal fortress town of Colonia del sacramento. This charming place, a legacy of the Portuguese colony, is an amazing historical site from the 17th century. Its Barrio Historico district is the perfect place for a scenic walking tour to see the colonial houses lining the area’s cobbled streets. Carmelo on the River Uruguay and Mercedes on the Río Negro are amongst the many picturesque river ports which are also worth visiting.
The laid-back town of Carmelo lies on Uruguay’s Rio de la Plata shore, a short trip from Buenos Aires by hydrofoil ferry across the world’s widest river. The Four Seasons Resort Carmelo is a serene retreat along the shores of the Rio de la Plata, set...read more
José Ignacio, Uruguay’s idyllic, vibrant coastal area, is home to Playa Vik José Ignacio, an exclusive South American private retreat. The sister property to Estancia Vik José Ignacio, which opened to worldwide acclaim in February 2009, Playa Vik has...read more
Bahia Vik José Ignacio is a natural and contemporary retreat that embraces the beachfront landscape and dunes. While sister property Estancia Vik recalls Spanish Colonial style and Playa Vik embodies avant garde design, Bahia Vik reflects contemporary...read more
Estancia Vik Jose Ignacio sits on 4,000 acres in the rolling countryside of Jose Ignacio, Uruguay. The Estancia borders the Arroyo and the Laguna Jose Ignacio, which meet the Southern Atlantic just two kilometres away. Jose Ignacio is Uruguay’s idyllic,...read more
The Fasano Group’s first international venture is the Hotel Fasano Punta del Este, in Uruguay. Located in a breathtaking setting in the La Barra district, at one of the country’s highest points. The hotel offers a private riverside beach and one of the...read more