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Extraordinary Journeys expands in South America with four new itineraries in Uruguay

Uruguay (Photo: Bjorn Snelders).

One of the best slow travel destinations in South America, Uruguay boasts world-class beaches, historical sites, a thriving wine scene,
and culinary jewels that rival its neighbors.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Renowned for crafting unforgettable African safaris and adventures around the world, award-winning tour operator Extraordinary Journeys has added Uruguay to its destinations of specialty in South America. Known regionally for its beach towns, slow travel offerings, and culinary depth, Uruguay has long been a favorite holiday destination for South American travelers. It is quickly gaining the attention of North Americans looking for an authentic and understated destination full of cultural richness. The addition of Uruguay expands Extraordinary Journeys’ presence in South America, which currently includes Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and Chile, with more destinations to come this year.

Spearheaded by Extraordinary Journeys’ South America Heads of Sales, Emma Fritz and Olivia Schellenberg (Selected for the 2024 Travel+Leisure A-List for her Uruguay specialty), the addition of Uruguay to the company’s roster offers a great balance to the superlative countries surrounding the destination – Brazil and Argentina, and as Anthony Bourdain said, “Welcome to the tiny, overlooked but enchanted land of Uruguay, one of my favorite places to visit and easily one of the top underappreciated travel destinations on earth. It has beautiful beaches, breathtaking countryside, and a capital that evokes old Havana or Buenos Aires – but without the crowds.”

“Dunes, wave breaks, windswept rolling hills, vineyards, and bucolic landscapes – Uruguay is romantic and a breath of fresh air when contrasted against its dramatic South American neighbors,” Emma describes. “It’s no wonder why this country has produced so many artists. Come for the beaches, the wine, the food, the art; stay for the lessons in simple living.”

“Uruguay is not a destination for list checkers, and that’s exactly why we love it,” adds Olivia. “Uruguay has no ‘wonders of the world’ or dramatic landscapes. The country is made up of lovely, laid-back places that delight in their slow pace and understated charm.”

To mark the launch of Uruguay as a new destination in its portfolio, Extraordinary Journeys has crafted four sample itineraries that showcase the destination as a vessel for slow travel, road trips, beach getaways, cultural immersion, culinary adventures, and a thriving wine culture with world-renowned vineyards:


Uruguay (Photo: Extraordinary Journeys).

Luxury Uruguay Escape

Uruguay is a small country with many unique and beautiful destinations located within a short distance from one another. This seven-day itinerary offers travelers the perfect blend of urban, rural, and coastal facets with stops in Montevideo, the sierras, and José Ignacio. A perfect example of slow travel, explore the beauty of Uruguay by staying in some of the most architecturally arresting luxury properties.


Uruguay (Photo: Extraordinary Journeys).

Art, Gastronomy, and Wine in Uruguay

On this journey, travelers will immerse themselves in the country’s burgeoning art scene, where numerous galleries and exhibitions showcase diverse artistic expressions, like Casapueblo in Punta del Este and the Atchugarry Foundation in José Ignacio. Throughout the trip, participants will savor the culinary offerings of Uruguay, ranging from the traditional asado to the freshest seafood, all underscored by a commitment to sustainable farming practices. Travelers will learn more about Uruguayan wines, with boutique vineyards in regions like Carmelo and Colonia producing remarkable varietals.


Uruguay (Photo: Extraordinary Journeys).

Highlights of Uruguay

Uruguay offers a distinctive vacation experience with its pristine beaches, rich cultural heritage, and a relaxed culture and atmosphere. Whether strolling through the historic streets of Colonia del Sacramento, basking on the shores of José Ignacio, or enjoying the energy of Montevideo, the country invites travelers to discover a diverse range of experiences that can be tailored to individual preferences.

Uruguay & Argentina: Gauchos and Estancias

What could be more exhilarating than horseback riding on the windswept plains of the Sierras de Córdoba mountain range and a UNESCO-protected wetland refuge? This nine-day itinerary combines the best of Argentina and Uruguay’s gaucho culture with a city break in Buenos Aires. You will have the opportunity to experience centuries-old estancia (ranch) life in Córdoba, Argentina, and José Ignacio, Uruguay while enjoying communal, candle-lit dinners and farm-to-table asados over a blazing fire.

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