Uruguay River. Photo: Vince Alongi

Uruguay

Uruguay is small but it’s got plenty of Atlantic coastline. Its oldest city is Colonia de Sacramento on the Río de la Plata settled in 1680 by the Portuguese, a short boat ride from Buenos Aires. The largest city (and also the southernmost capital in South America) is Montevideo.

There are lots of cultural similarities between Uruguay and Argentina, especially in the river basin area, so much so that there’s an adjective the describe the culture and people — Rioplantense. The country celebrates Carnaval for a full 40 days, longer than Brazil’s, if more low key.

Matador’s got articles about the food, destinations both popular and less well-known, the culture and even volunteering. For all our content on Uruguay, check out the articles below.

Uruguay Articles
9

13 hardest partying hostels in South America

by Josh Heller

Two years later, Uruguay still has no legal marijuana for sale

by Will Carless
1

Two years later, you may soon be able to buy marijuana legally in Uruguay

by Will Carless

New Uruguayan president ‘indefinitely suspends’ sale of weed

by Tom Hyne
1

Uruguay’s year in weed: 3 big successes, 3 burning questions

by Will Carless
3

Guess which country is set to legalize marijuana

by Philip Smith
2

On the ritual and romance of mate

by Ellen Keith
3

Sick street art of Montevideo

by Darrin DuFord
4

The colors of Carnival around the world

by Kristin Conard
1

See Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay by motorcycle

by eric warren
5

5 alternative Carnival destinations in Brazil and beyond

by Russell Slater
13

What NOT to do in Uruguay

by Dominic DeGrazier
11

A case of the meat sweats in Montevideo, Uruguay

by Hal Amen
2

Carnaval highlights from Montevideo, Uruguay

by Dominic DeGrazier
6

Backpacker’s secret guide to Cabo Polonio

by Tyler Wetherall
29

Top 10 Spanish schools for waves, wilderness and Buena Onda

by Julie Schwietert
45

20 best airports to be stranded in

by Hal Amen
13

20 iconic and unusual hot drinks around the world

by Kristin Conard
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