Uruguay River. Photo: Vince Alongi


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

13 hardest partying hostels in South America

by Josh Heller

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

by Will Carless

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

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

by Will Carless

Guess which country is set to legalize marijuana

by Philip Smith

On the ritual and romance of mate

by Ellen Keith

Sick street art of Montevideo

by Darrin DuFord

The colors of Carnival around the world

by Kristin Conard

See Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay by motorcycle

by eric warren

5 alternative Carnival destinations in Brazil and beyond

by Russell Slater

What NOT to do in Uruguay

by Dominic DeGrazier

A case of the meat sweats in Montevideo, Uruguay

by Hal Amen

Carnaval highlights from Montevideo, Uruguay

by Dominic DeGrazier

Backpacker’s secret guide to Cabo Polonio

by Tyler Wetherall

Top 10 Spanish schools for waves, wilderness and Buena Onda

by Julie Schwietert

20 best airports to be stranded in

by Hal Amen

20 iconic and unusual hot drinks around the world

by Kristin Conard
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