Up until 1680, Uruguay was largely uninhabited. It is only the establishment of Colonia del Sacramento in the 1680s that the country saw the first settlement of the Portuguese.
Uruguay is a democratic republic that is governed under a president that serves as both her head of state as well as head of government. She is located on the south east corner of South America and is one of the most developed and prosperous country in South America. She is bordered by Argentina to the west, Brazil to the north and east, and Atlantic Ocean to the south and south east. The country is home to 3.3 million people, 1.8 million of whom live in her capital, Montevideo. She is the second smallest country in South America after Suriname at 68,000 square miles. But what makes the country as prosperous and as amazing as it is today? Below are a couple of the amazing things about Uruguay.
1. It is a sporting country
If you ever want to enjoy a game of sport, perhaps you should head to Uruguay. It has state of art sporting facilities such as Centenario Stadium, Estadio Gran Parque Central, and Estadio Viera which are mostly used for soccer games. The stadiums come alive with sporting fans everytime there is a game. The carnival mood is always palpable and a visitor to the country will be thoroughly entertained.
2. It is a country laden with history
Sample this; the country has been under the influence of the Portuguese, Spanish, Brazil, and Argentina. All these countries left a piece of history worth show casing in any of its many theaters and museums. The most popular theater in Uruguay is Solís Theatre. Other historical attractions include; Casapueblo, Palacio Salvo, Monumento al Ahogado, Juan Manuel Blanes Museum, National Museum of Visual Arts and many more.
3. It is naturally endowed
Like all her South American Neighbors, Uruguay is endowed with physical features that leave many a visitor thoroughly awed. Some of the most significant natural endowments include; Negro River, Punta Colorada, Laguna del Sauce, Juncal Island etc.
4. It has a beautiful Coastline
Uruguay is one of the countries that are blessed with a coastline along the Atlantic coast. It boasts golden sand beaches such as Pocitos Beach in Montevideo, Atlántida, Punta del Este, La Barra, José Ignacio, La Paloma, and many more.
5. It has a uniform weather
Although the country is located in temperate weather conditions region, its weather is fairly uniform throughout the country and it is on very rare occasions that extreme variances in weather are experienced. In short, it is easy to predict the Uruguayan weather thus making it a good tourist destination.
Uruguay is still largely unoccupied with vast areas of exploration. Its population density is 196th in the world. It is the country to visit when you want to escape the hustle and bustle associated with cities.
by Kennedy Runo on 01/06/2014 in Sightseeing