Uruguay was a nice and relaxing experience. Montevideo, the country's charming capital, offers excellent beaches and lots of great food. The Ciudad Vieja (old town) centered around Sarandi Street has nice little shops, souvenirs, restaurants and cafes. Head over to the Mercado del Puerto for a fun atmosphere and some excellent parilla, the South American version of grill that's absolutely delicious.

Plaza Independencia is Montevideo's center and features the unusual but impressive Palacio Barolo, one of the city's most well known icons. Montevideo is blessed with many good beaches that are easily accessible by bus from the city center. There's a nice rambla along the city's beaches which is great for an evening stroll and is full of people walking, biking or relaxing with some yerba mate. Playa de los Pocitos has the iconic Montevideo sign that makes for a good photo opportunity. At night check out a street milonga for a cool experience.

One of the city's most interesting attractions is the Museo Andes 1972 which tells the story of the 1972 Andes flight disaster, one of the most fascinating survival stories in recent history. Don't miss it.

After Montevideo take a comfortable bus to Punta del Este, one of the nicest and most well-known South American upscale beach resorts. Punta del Este offers more white sand beaches, great food and relaxation. A stroll through the little town is very nice and offers plenty of photo opportunities. Don't forget to check out the iconic Playa de los Dedos.

Additional info:
- country entry on Wikipedia
- country profile on Wikivoyage

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