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Five must-see places

Uruguay 2018 destination content: Cabo Polonio

Cabo Polonio, Rocha Situated in the department of Rocha, Cabo Polonio is known around the world as a coastal area of great beauty. Designated a “protected area”, it retains features typical of an Atlantic coastal landscape, despite the buildings that dot the headland. Combining ocean beaches, dunes and native woodland, it also offers vantage points from which to spot whales and sea lions.

Quebrada de los Cuervos, Treinta y Tres Located in the mountains of eastern Uruguay, in the department of Treinta y Tres, the Quebrada de los Cuervos is an undulating protected landscape featuring a stunningly beautiful gorge that runs through the Sierra del Verbal and is as deep as 100 metres and more in places. The area’s rich, diverse vegetation includes trees, bushes, ferns, mosses, lichens and climbing plants.

Villa Serrana, Lavalleja Located high up in the mountains of the department of Minas, this little village is surrounded by indigenous flora and fauna, small ravines and beautiful scenery, and is the perfect spot for connecting with nature, looking at the stars (at the local observatory) and going on long walks.

La Mano de Punta del Este, Maldonado The giant hand emerging from the sand on Brava Beach in the seaside resort of Punta del Este is a sculpture by the Chilean artist Mario Irrazabal. Created in February 1982 at the inaugural Punta del Este International Conference on Modern Outdoor Sculpture, it represents man’s presence in nature and quickly established itself as the town’s most iconic landmark.

Colonia del Sacramento’s historic quarter Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995, Colonia’s historic quarter is full of delightful nooks and crannies for visitors to discover. The oldest part of the city, it is home to its most interesting buildings, while the cobbles that line its streets are rich in history. The area’s most important sights include La Puerta de la Ciudadela (the ancient gateway to the city), La Casa del Virrey (The Viceroy’s House) and La Calle de los Suspiros (The Street of Sighs).