Punta del Este
In Uruguay, Africa is omnipresent
Did you know that one out of ten Uruguayans is of African descent?
"Never drink mate from an old man's cup"
In Montevideo, the capital city of Uruguay, I learn that drinking mate is an art.
Uruguay's idyllic hippie village is frequented by whales and tourists
A horse carries me across the three miles of sand dunes that separate Cabo Polonio from the main road. The hippie colony is beautifully positioned on a tip of land, reaching far into the Atlantic Ocean.
Uruguay's Teatro Solís is not just any opera house
The neo-classical Teatro Solís, Uruguay's oldest theatre located in Montevideo's Ciudad Vieja, started construction in 1852 when the country had just emerged from a long civil war. It still stands as one of the most iconic venues for classical music in Latin America.
Be open-minded and positive
I was told that Santiago Vazquez was a fishing town, so I went there hoping to board a boat.
A place to retire, and to party
The socialist policies of former President José “Pepe” Mujica have been acclaimed for helping put Uruguay on the map as a place to retire, and to party. But at second glance, there is more to the story.
Boats full of dreams and wishes
Umbanda is a fast-growing religion in Uruguay, based on spirit mediums with a connection to African or indigenous ancestors or gods.