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Though modest, Uruguayans are fiercely proud and consider themselves a formidable football nation with as many World Cup trophies as their neighbours in Argentina.
Uruguay is one of the most modern, safest, cleanest and most stable countries in all of South America.
Yet it remains a country filled with history, like one of the oldest settlements, Colonia del Sacramento.
And it’s never short on unique, sometimes unusual, artistic expressions.
Most famous of which is the emerging hand in Punta del Este.
Casapueblo in Punta Ballena is a complex of buildings built by Carlos Páez Vilaró, a Uruguayan artist, to be used as his own workshop. It now functions as an art gallery, museum, hotel and restaurant to showcase his country’s talent.
From its border with Argentina to its border with Brazil, Uruguay is lined with a stunning coast.
Uruguayans also like to celebrate Carnival in style.
Something Uruguay also does extremely well: it creates delicious wines and has emerged as one of the premier producers of the Tannat grape.
As the second smallest country in South America, you might think Uruguay is a busy, cramped metropolis, but you would be utterly mistaken.