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South America

Uruguay

Overview

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

18 awesome Uruguayan expressions to know before you go

13 hardest partying hostels in South America

The 21 funniest Uruguayan expressions (and how to use them)

6 things the world could learn from Uruguay

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

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

New Uruguayan president ‘indefinitely suspends’ sale of weed

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

Guess which country is set to legalize marijuana

On the ritual and romance of mate

Sick street art of Montevideo

The colors of Carnival around the world

See Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay by motorcycle

5 alternative Carnival destinations in Brazil and beyond

What NOT to do in Uruguay

A case of the meat sweats in Montevideo, Uruguay

Carnaval highlights from Montevideo, Uruguay

Backpacker’s secret guide to Cabo Polonio

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