By now, you may have plumbed the highs and lows of the cultural bacchanal-by-the-sea that is
Why? Because Uruguay is a quick ferry ride away from Buenos Aires. Because Uruguayan beach town Jose Ignacio already hosts in-the-know types including art collectors Alex and Carrie Vik, whose super luxe Playa Vik hotel is meant to be a piece of modern sculpture/art museum that just happens to welcome paying guests. Because Uruguay's countryside is home to not only country retreats, wine estates and amazing barbecue but also a world of flora and fauna that will knock your jaded eyes out. And, last but not least, because there are still one or two newer, cooler, more off-the-track towns to explore in Uruguay.
Last one to the passport office is a pasty hermit.
Go Now: Uruguay
DRINK: Much of Uruguay's wine never leaves the country
EAT: Try the national sandwich, a beefy chivito