Tourism is quite important to the economy of Uruguay, the country is in fact a popular tourist destination in South America. The main tourist attractions in Uruguay are undoubtedly the beautiful and lively seaside resorts of the coast along the Atlantic Ocean, that is, the seaside resort located along the coast between Montevideo and the border with Brazil. Even the capital Montevideo is a popular tourist destination and is the main entry point into the country thanks to a well-connected international airport with flights from all over South America. Very often those who arrive by plane at the airport in Montevideo withdraws the previously rented car and after a quick visit to the capital city of Uruguay continues to the resort situated along the eastern coast of the country.
Along the coast of Uruguay hospitality is guaranteed by a wide range of hotels in every category from those at low price to the truly luxurious, there are also apartments and small guest houses. In all the structures it is advisable to book well in advance. To the east of Montevideo follow each other beautiful seaside resorts linked together by a coastal road. The coastal road that stretches for over 300 km of beaches, seaside resorts, coastal lakes and wooded headlands, touches the seaside resorts of Atlántida, Piriápolis, Punta Colorada, Punta Negra, Punta del Este, La Paloma, Cabo Polonia, Punta del Diablo, La Coronilla – with the colonial fortress of Santa Teresa – and Chuy – with the colonial fortress of San Miguel. Along the coast are also worth visiting the islands Lobos – with a colony of sea lions – and the national parks of Santa Teresa and San Miguel rich in wildlife and interesting landscapes.
Along the coast along the Rio de la Plata to the west of Montevideo there is the most important historical attraction in Uruguay: the Portuguese colonial city of Colonia del Sacramento facing the Argentine capital Buenos Aires. Located about 180 km from Montevideo, Colonia del Sacramento is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This town is full of picturesque views and historic buildings that bring tourists back at the time of the struggle for control of the area between Spain and Portugal.
In the interior of the country there are some natural attractions such as caves, landscapes and waterfalls that are located near the town of Tacuarembó (Valle Edén, Pozo Hondo, Gruta de los Cuervos, Gruta de los Helechos). Near the city of Trinidad are to see the limestone formations of the Gruta de Palacio. In the city of Paysandú once a year, during the five days of Holy Week (so between March and April) is the famous Semana de la Cerveza de Paysandú, one of the most important tourism events in the country. While north of Paysandú are the Termas del Guaviyú, Termas de Almirón and Termas de San Nicanor. Further north around the city of Salto are the other spa towns of Termas del Arapey, Termas de Salto Grande and Termas del Daymán. In recent years, eco-tourism has had some development, are practiced activities such as birdwatching, canoeing, fishing.
The interior of Uruguay is much less visited but not without of interesting places, there are rolling prairies where live the famous gauchos in their estancias (farms) they represent the traditional and typical lifestyle of the country. This helped to promote rural tourism and lately many farms have developed the part dedicated to the tourism of their activities: you can stay in some typical estancias, living part of the day with the gauchos, eating the typical foods and buy products of the territory directly from the farm, including wine, beer, meats and cheeses. Thanks to that the food and wine tourism is rapidly developing. The excellent Uruguayan meat is the main course of every meal, you can taste it spit roasted (asada), grilled (parillada) or stewed with meats and vegetables (puchero) or stewed with rice and stewed fruit (carbonada). The wine produced in Uruguay is excellent. The rodeos of gauchos are another attraction for those visiting the country especially during the Easter period when there is the semana criolla with dance, music and rodeos.