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Remote Cabo Polonio, Uruguay

No road leads here. It’s either a 3.5 mile (7km) walk through sand dunes or a thirty minute drive in an off-road vehicle.

And once you get here, there’s no water or electricity. Residents use generators and collect water from wells, or collect them from rain gutters.

Yeah, you’re off the beaten trail now.

Welcome to Cabo Polonio, a truly “end-of-the-world-and-loving-it” fishing village located on a small peninsula of the Atlantic ocean.

Cabo Polonio’s peninsula is deceptively calm; the surrounding coastlines are perpetually crushed by strong currents. A lighthouse overlooks the numerous boulders, dunes and small islands just offshore.Continue

Hippies Galore; Punta del Diablo, Uruguay

Luxury? Glamour? Overpriced cocktails with tiny umbrellas in them?

Sorry.

If you’re looking for the jet-set crowds, head out to Punta del Este.

Punta del Diablo – with a whopping population of 700 – is more granola than grandiose.Continue

Carnaval in Montevideo, Uruguay

Carnaval may be celebrated around the world, but no one celebrates it longer than Uruguay. In other countries Carnaval may last a few days up to a few weeks… but…  Uruguay celebrates for over 40 days, from the end of January through mid March.

Incredible.

And don’t let its length fool you: the party is just as intense (if not more so) than Carnavals found around South America (except or course, for Rio de Janeiro).

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Art, Museums & Steak Sandwiches; Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo is misunderstood.

Like the sibling of a pop star, its own merit is often overlooked. In Montevideo’s case, Uruguay’s capital city is continuously overshadowed by Buenos Aires, Argentina’s – and perhaps South America’s – most vibrant, popular and livable city.

For shame.

While it may lack Buenos Aires’ large-scale cosmopolitan scene, Montevideo’s laid-back approach to daily life – which flows like the Rio Plata – is a delightful alternative for portenos (Buenos Aires residents) and foreigners alike.

Sure, it’s only a three hour ferry ride on the  Boquebus to travel between the two cities… but  they’re worlds apart.

You’ll know it once you step on dry land.

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Historic Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento (Colony of the Sacrament) is a welcome break from busy Buenos Aires.

Located just across the Río de la Plata in Uruguay, this UNESCO World Heritage Site features cobblestone streets (built by the Portuguese during the 1600’s), endless restaurants and superlative views of the surrounding countryside.

Put simply: it’s Uruguay’s oldest – and arguably most charming – city.Continue