Uruguay which neighbours Brazil to the north and Argentina to the south and west, is becoming increasingly popular with its lovely landscapes, little-known vineyards, rural estancias, beautiful beaches and culturally-rich colonial towns and cities. Visit the charming UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Colonia del Sacramento, which can be easily reached by ferry in an hour from Buenos Aires. Spend time in the lively capital city of Montevideo dining in atmospheric cafes and wonderful restaurants, visiting superb galleries and some excellent museums, or perhaps exploring the antique shops. Enjoy the wine growing areas of Carmelo, Canelones, Montevideo and the Maldonado region, where you can meet small-scale producers tending to their vines using traditional techniques, all set in the most idyllic of countryside surroundings. Finally, get off the beaten track to the natural wonders of Esteros de Farrapos National Park, Quebrada de los Cuervos (Vulture’s Gorge) or the Cabo Polonio Natural Reserve. These rural regions offer scenic horse-riding trails and bike rides to enjoy, cooking and cultural classes, kayaking, hiking, bird watching and countless more outdoor activities. Uruguay will not remain an undiscovered gem for much longer!