South America tours are the perfect option for history buffs. Almost every country is teeming with a compelling colonial background, and remnants of their pasts are evident around all corners. This is certainly the case with Uruguay, which offers a unique blend of old and new. Whether you're exploring its capital city, walking through the pristine beaches or visiting the less populated interior, this gem of eastern South America is sure to impress.
The only logical place to start your travels through Uruguay, Montevideo is a thriving hub of activity, but it is also one of the most historic cities in South America. Although it has the appearance of a modern metropolis, the city's heritage dates to the 1700s, something you can clearly see in its iconic Old Town. Many of Montevideo's buildings are heavily influenced by the European settlers who founded it, and that is readily apparent in the Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral. The stunning piece of architecture is more than 200 years old and a testament to the Spanish influence on the city's culture. You should also make a point to visit the Salvo Palace, which used to be the tallest building on the continent.
Although it has a substantial colonial history, that's not all Uruguay has to offer. It also has a rich artistic background, and the famous Casapueblo is arguably the best place to experience it firsthand. This sprawling complex is the home of iconic painter Carlos Páez Vilaró. The unique white structure is more than just a residence, however. Today, it includes everything from a cathedral and museum to an art gallery and a hotel. It's built into the cliffs alongside Uruguay's pristine Atlantic coast, so while you're admiring the country's storied and artistic past you can also appreciate its stunning natural beauty.
Cerro Pan de Azúcar
Even history buffs need to recognize the natural appeal of Uruguay to fully understand its place in South America, and a hike up the Cerro Pan de Azúcar is one of the best ways to do so. At more than 1,380 feet tall, it is one of the highest peaks in the country, but a trip to the top and back only takes several hours. It's also home to an enormous cross constructed by sculptor Juan Zorrilla de San Martín?, which rises 114 above the mountain's top.
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