Uruguay with a difference
Being one of the smallest South American countries, the Republic of Uruguay is largely overshadowed on the tourism map by its more popular and bigger neighbors, Brazil and Argentina. However, this largely flat country of rolling plains, hilly meadows and rivers, bordered by hundreds of miles of fine sandy Atlantic beaches, sports some fascinating towns (including its atmospheric capital, Montevideo), unspoilt seaside resorts, and some of the cheapest and most delectable steaks you will find anywhere.
Highlights of Uruguay for travelers include the charming cobbled old town of Colonia del Sacramento, a UNESCO World Heritage Site hung all over with flowering jasmine; the country's cattle ranches, populated with daring gauchos (cowboys); and the bright, brash international beach resort of Punta del Este. Uruguay is a playground versatile enough to delight any traveler.