Planning your trip to Uruguay


From LAX, American, LATAM Airlines Group, COPA and TACA offer connecting service (change of plane) to Montevideo. Restricted round-trip fares from $693, including taxes and fees.

U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter Uruguay.


To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 598 (country code for Uruguay), 2 (Montevideo area code) or 52 (Colonia del Sacramento area code) and the local number.


Hotel Iberia, 1097 Maldonado, Montevideo; 2901-3633, This modern hotel is a few blocks from the ocean-side Rambla boulevard and offers free Wi-Fi. Doubles from $64.

Club Hotel Casapueblo, Punta Ballena; 4257-8611, The whimsical white hotel and museum of Uruguay artist Carlos Paez Vilaro is in Punta Ballena, outside Punta del Este. Splurge-worthy. Doubles from $134.

La Viuda del Diablo, Playa de la Viuda, Punta del Diablo; 9864-0792, This sleek hotel is a new upscale game in town. Doubles from $190.

Posada Mariemar, Cabo Polonio; 4470-5164. This 50-year-old guesthouse is right on the beach. Its restaurant offers fresh seafood. Doubles start at $100.

Posada Don Antonio, Ituzainago 232, Colonia del Sacramento; 4522-5344, This hotel right next to Colonia's main street has an interior courtyard with a pool. Doubles start at $150.


Mercado del Puerto, Montevideo; Try the grilled meats and vegetables or go for a chivito. Entrees $3-$20.

Lo de Charlie, No. 819 Calle 12, Punta del Este; 4244-4183. Spoil yourself with baby squid, breaded stingray and cheese-flavored ice cream washed down by a fruity Uruguayan viognier at this premier Punta del Este restaurant, decorated with works by local artist Carlos Paez Vilaro. Entrees run $16-$33.

Comipaso, Cabo Polonio. Try shrimp empanadas or a fish chivito in this casual, fast joint near the main plaza. Entrees $2-$8.

Lentas Maravillas, 61 Santa Rita, Barrio Histórico, Colonia del Sacramento; 4522-0636. Settle in for tea and cookies or a glass of wine as you enjoy the gorgeous river views or check the dinner menu, which changes daily. Entrees $5-$14.

El Rincon, 41 Misiones de las Tapes, Colonia del Sacramento; 9967-5202. Grab the best barbecue in town and settle in under a big tree while listening to Latin American beats. Lunch only. Entrees $8-$15.


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