Podcast conversation with Maita Barrenechea.

Uruguay offers hip contemporary culture with José Ignacio, the “Hamptons” of South America and the cosmopolitan city of Montevideo. It also has art, architecture, active adventures, famous wineries and an incredible culinary scene, thanks in large part to Francis Mallman.


  • 3 UNESCO heritage sites
  • Gauchos
  • Museums
    • MACA
    • Museo Casapueblo, the Gaudi-esque former summerhouse workshop of late artist, Casa Neptuna

Contemporary culture

  • Lifestyle
  • Markets
  • Shopping
  • Galleries/art fairs
  • Beachclubs
  • Beach bars
  • Tango


  • Surf
  • Kitesurfing
  • SUP
  • Fishing
  • Waterskiing/wake boarding
  • Sailing
  • Kayaking/canoeing

Horseback riding on beach – moonlit night
Polo – learn or watch

Culinary & Wine

  • Vineyards
  • Grilling over fire the Uruguayan way
  • Pop-up dinners in the pine forests under the moonlight of a full moon
  • Chiringuito
  • Picnics by sea
  • Dining in Sierras of Garzon
  • Visiting olive oil farms
  • Cooking lessons


  • Watching the sun set – a daily wonder that is celebrated
  • Chihuahua (nude beach)


  • Seals
  • Sea turtles
  • Whales

Fascinating People

  • Dinner on the Garzón hills with Francis Mallmann – chef
  • Pablo Atchugarry – artist
  • Julio Sanguinetti – politics

Insider Access

  • Artists, ballerinas, designers, political debates, potters, photographers, architects, chefs


  • Marismo
  • Parador la Huella
  • Chufy
  • Casapueblo

A few favorites:

Takeaway tips/info:

  • Best time to visit: December (other than the holidays) and March are good times to be there away from the crowds. High summer season is Jan-Feb. October and April are pleasant too.
  • Buenos Aires is a 3 hour ferry from Montevideo or a short plane ride – consider adding on a few days to your trip.
  • Although Uruguay is on the ocean, the water is never as warm as the Caribbean.

Extraordinary Experiences for
Adventurous Families

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