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Uruguay's capital is home to nearly half of the country's population. Montevideo is a vibrant city and the arts are alive and well here, with so much to see and experience in its rich cultural life. Being very safe and politically stable is why, out of all Latin America, it is considered to be one of the best cities to live in. Full of parks, pubs, restaurants, and beaches, and with a great variety of food and music, it is a perfect place to discover the Spanish way of life.
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The second smallest country in all of Latin America is a perfect destination to discover on your own. Still free from mass tourism, this region flanked by Argentina and Brazil has plenty of attractions to enjoy. From its capital, Montevideo, on the banks of the Río de la Plata, the widest river in the world, to the interior, where the gauchos in their traditional attire still ride, passing through picture-postcard beaches and colonial towns.
Have a coffee at the cozy Café Brasileiro, a locale rooted in the past, visit the Linardi and Risso bookstore. Stroll through the cobblestone streets of Colonia Sacramento after nightfall, savoring the special atmosphere that one breathes in its restaurants with outdoor terraces, the sound of live music and glow of the streetlamps. Or travel to the exclusive Punta del Este, an entertaining and vibrant beach destination just two hours from Montevideo. In addition to practicing water sports and experiencing the nightlife, you can sail to Isla de Lobos to watch sea lions in their natural habitat, or go to Punta Ballena to see the colossal whales from which it takes its name.
If surfing is your thing, there's nothing better than traveling to Punta del Diablo, where besides the waves, you will find an authentic fishing village inhabited by artisans. You can also go over to the Santa Teresa National Park, where the colonial fortress of the same name stands, surrounded by beautiful, natural landscapes.
And remember that, even in the unlikely event that Uruguay becomes too small for you, Buenos Aires is just across the Rio de la Plata, or you could also get to know the south of Brazil.