Senior Travel to Uruguay

Mar 14th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

I have been reading more and more articles in newspapers about traveling to Uruguay.  This may be why Uruguay is one of the most economically developed countries in South America, with a high GDP per capita and the 52nd highest quality of life index in the world as of 2010, and first in quality of life/human development of Latin America, when inequality is factored in.

Often called the “Switzerland of South America” not for geographical features but for a stable democracy and social benefits such as free education, Uruguay has a rich agricultural and civic history among its indigenous people. The dominant pre-20th century live stock driving techniques are still utilized in some areas, and are less visited tourist attractions than the pleasant beaches and city centers.  

So where is Uruguay anyway? Well, we may know that it is in South America but that’s about it.  Traveler’s Digest to the rescue.  That is a recent resource that I find very helpful in planning any trip anywhere in the world. These guides may be of help as they provide just about everything you will need for your trip. 

For a little more information, we might want to know that Uruguay is a country in southeast South America on the Atlantic Ocean and the Río de la Plata. The area was first settled in the 1600s by the Spanish and Portuguese, with Spain establishing sole dominance after 1724. Uruguay declared independence from Spain in 1810 and from Argentina in 1814, struggling against Brazilian occupation to finally achieve independent nationhood in 1828. Montevideo is the capital and the largest city. Population: 3,460,000. 

Uruguay Travel Guides



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