Dwarfed by giant neighbours Argentina and Brazil, Uruguay has often slipped below the radar as a tourist destination, but not anymore. Small and perfectly formed, Uruguay is regarded as one of the most exciting countries on the continent, and one of the hippest, thanks to its progressive attitude, thriving arts scene, and laid-back approach to life. Hugging the Atlantic coast for 20km, the capital Montevideo is an eclectic mix of neoclassical and art deco buildings, '60s skyscrapers, luxury apartments, upscale malls, and bustling port. The cool beach districts of Punta Carretas and Carrasco are home to tango bars, restaurants, and theatres. Head up the coast to the original party town of Punta del Este, or venture west up the Rio de la Plata to picturesque and historic Colonia, a World Heritage Site. If you’re looking for adventure, saddle up and explore the country’s undulating grassland interior on horseback in true gaucho style!