We love Uruguay. We just do. It's a stunning little country in South America, highly underrated. Click to know all about it for families!

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Uruguay Facts

  • Uruguay is a small country near the South end of South America, bordering Brazil and Argentina.
  • It’s different from the rest of Latin America – safer, less social problems, more government transparency, press freedom, and all those things we only hear about in European and North American countries.

  • The official language is Spanish, and it’s somewhat very alike to the Argentinian Spanish.
  • It’s not an overpopulated country – about 18,6/km² (or 48.2/sq mi).
  • Even though it’s a small place, the landscape changes a lot between one city and the other there.


Uruguay is one amazing family travel destination. Carnival, summer, beaches, good food, friendly people. It has everything!

I love the Uruguayan flag. It may be because I love Uruguay.

  • Traveling around by bus is safe and reliable, and also a bit expensive. We ended up not going to Punta del Este because the costs would be too high for us. Even renting a car would be prohibitive, so we had to drop it. Trust me, buses are way safer and the drivers are a lot friendlier than the taxi drivers.
  • The summers there are hot and glorious. The winters are cold and rainy. Summers are high season and they are really expensive – for everything.
  • The Uruguayan carnival is the longest in the world, lasting incredible 40 days.

We spent 4 weeks there, divided between Montevideo and Colonia del Sacramento. Colonia is a Unesco World Heritage Site and is a must visit, but the place that won our hearts is Montevideo. One of our favorite cities in the world!

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Below are the places to see in Uruguay we visited:


Montevideo is Uruguay's capital. It's one great place to visit with kids!

Montevideo is pure love. It has all the buzz of a big city, the heart of a country town, and it’s a great place to be!

Montevideo is one of our favorite cities in the whole world: it’s stunning, it’s peaceful, it’s calm, it’s big, it has delicious food, incredible people, beaches, Rio de La Plata, and it’s just flat out amazing. It’s one of the places where I want to go for a longer stay someday. It’s definitely worth it!

Colonia del Sacramento

Uruguay's Colonia del Sacramento is the perfect weekend getaway for families coming from either Montevideo or Buenos Aires. It's beautiful, and it's a World Heritage Site.

Sunsets in Colonia del Sacramento were just perfect! Colonia del Sacramento is just perfect.



Colonia del Sacramento is a gorgeous town with Portuguese architecture – a Unesco World Heritage Site and it certainly deserves it. It’s also very touristy, but still has the Uruguay magic: amazing!

The whole country of Uruguay

Uruguay has a lot to offer for families. We loved looking around and fining one prettier house number plate after the other.

I mean, seriously, how not to love a place where even the number plates of the houses are cute?

Uruguay is just one of the greatest countries in the world. Very expensive during summer, yes, but it certainly is worth the price – it’s glorious!

From the kids

Sunsets in Uruguay are magical. I don't know the reason, but they seemed prettier than anywhere else.

We watched the sunset almost every single day during our Uruguayan trip. The kids got pretty bored after the first couple of days but… it was worth their complaints.

The kids had a love and hate affair with Uruguay, but it should be like this anywhere, right? Click on to see the country from their point of view!

And to finish it, our usual table…

  • Country
  • Minimun Stay
  • $ ~ $$$
  • Child-friendlyness
  • Best local transport option
  • Safety
  • Do we recommend it?
  • Uruguay
  • A week!
  • $$ during winter and $$$ during summer
  • Highly child friendly!
  • Bus and walk!
  • Very safe
  • YES!

I hope this guide is useful to you, I loved making it and reliving our days in Uruguay. What an incredible little country that is! It should certainly be included in every traveler’s itinerary!

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If there's a country you should visit with your family, it's Uruguay. Click to know more!

Stunning sunsets over Rio de la Plata in Uruguay. It’s worth the time, and the crowd because there is a crowd for it.