WEDGED BETWEEN ARGENTINA AND BRAZIL along Rio de la Plata’s Atlantic waters, Montevideo may be small, but it remains one of the most sophisticated and progressive capital cities in South America. Locals take pride in their city’s cleanliness, quality of life and vibrant culture. Many spend their mornings and afternoons in-line skating, jogging or lifting weights along the city’s 17-mile-long seafront esplanade before gathering for cortados and dulce de leche pastries during a 5 p.m. merienda (Uruguayan afternoon tea/snack).
“Uruguay is an incredible country with a wide range of options for honeymooners, family trips, friends’ trips but also solo travelers,” explains Diana Wrangham, Uruguay travel expert, Black Tomato. “The countryside that surrounds Montevideo is a destination in itself, boasting rolling plains and [a] wide range of wineries, while Montevideo houses many of the most beautiful and well-kept buildings of Latin America, including Palacio Salvo and Cerrito de la Victoria.”
Uruguay can also boast about its environmental policies. In less than 10 years, the country slashed its carbon footprint and lowered electricity costs without government subsidies. Renewables now provide 94.5 percent of the country’s electricity.
Rated as one of the most literate countries in South America, Uruguay’s low crime rate and corruption-free government cultivate a capital city in which creative energy thrives. Montevideo houses countless art galleries such as Museo Torres García, Museo Gurvich and Espacio de Arte Contemporaneo, but it’s the culinary arts that now flavor the city with creativity.
Nearly every culinary tour includes a visit to one of Francis Mallmann-protégé Chef Lucia Soria’s market-driven restaurants, Jacinto Café and Restaurant and Pizzeria Rosa. However, the offerings from Bueme’s Travel take visitors behind the scenes to explore the colorful markets and even meet the makers themselves with hands-on charcuterie workshops, wine blending sessions and cooking classes with Montevideo residents.
Montevideans celebrate their rich gaucho heritage daily, cooking hearty cuts of grass-fed steaks over urban asado grills and pairing them with heavy pours of local Tannat wine. Visitors can get the true gaucho experience with Lares Tours. The local company pioneered active and experiential tourism in Uruguay, offering tours on horseback, bicycle and paddle boards, along with a wide range of specialty tours focused on everything from family-friendly activities to birding. Consider its self-driving tour of Montevideo and the surrounding areas for a great way to take in the city’s natural beauty at your own pace.
The Guild House Hotel, a boutique hotel in the heart of Philadelphia, announced it officially launched its online booking platform in anticipation of its June 6 opening date. The Guild House Hotel will be housed in a historic landmark, The New Century Guild, previously used as a hub for education, entertainment and activism in the early 20thcentury.
Come one, come all to Washington, D.C., for an Instagramable foodie paradise. Each district of the city has a plethora of trendy restaurants to choose from, making it hard to decide where to grab a bite to eat. Grab your camera, put on portrait mode and snap some photos at these must-see spots.
Set sail alone or with friends anywhere in the world with the GetMyBoat app. The app connects sea and lake adventurers with luxury boat owners and a list of high-ranked captains to let those not looking to buy a yacht experience life on the water. Charters all over the world offer unique itineraries for travelers to sit back, relax and enjoy sun-drenched decks.
Travel insurance company Allianz Partners recently released its latest survey regarding 2021 traveler confidence. The survey of 3,500 customers gauged various factors of confidence in booking trips of at least two nights more than 100 miles from home.