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Historic Quarter of the City of Colonia del Sacramento – In southwestern Uruguay facing Buenos Aires, Argentina is located the countries only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded in 1680 by the Portuguese this colonial city has colourful winding streets, complete with cobblestones and Portuguese style buildings.
El Garzon Hotel & Restaurant, Garzon – Argentina’s most famous chef Francis Mallmann moved to the quiet beautiful town of Garzon in Uruguay for a quiet life. The hotel has only 5 rooms, the price is high, but the food is delicious! Dishes include braised rib eye steak with embers vegetables and chimichurri sauce, Braised pork in clay oven and the Cabello de Angel soup, with Molle egg and Parmesano cheese starter. A taste of heaven just an hour’s drive inland from Punta del Este. restaurantegarzon.com
Mercado del Puerto, on corner of Perez Castellano and Piedras, Ciudad Vieja, Montevideo – The huge market in front of Montevideo Bay houses numerous eateries all with wood and coal fueled grills, each firing endless rows of succulent cuts. Take a seat under an awning and eat what Uruguay is famous for, meat! mercadodelpuerto.com.uy (in Spanish)
Parador La Huella, Playa Brava, José Ignacio – This beachside hangout is the perfect joint to lose a few hours eating the tasty grilled sea bass or succulent octopus. Their website says “In the kitchen we didn’t invent anything … We care what gives us the best sea, earth and fire…” paradorlahuella.com
La Posada del Faro, Calle de la Bahia Esq. Timonel, Faro Jose Ignacio, Jose Ignacio – For a touch of luxury stay at the small but exquisite La Posada del Faro, only half hour drive from Punta Del Este. Rooms start from $250 per night!
The Indie Travel Podcast – Listen to Craig and Linda’s fun and games travelling around Uruguay, visiting the small town of Colonia, the capital Montevideo and Salto and an Estancia.
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