Have you ever considered traveling to Uruguay ? It is a small country in South America that is located on the edge of the Atlantic, between two giants: Brazil and Argentina. Despite occupying a small territory, this country has a lot to offer the traveler. In fact, the reasons why you should visit it are numerous: its quality of life, its nature and biodiversity, its beaches, its gastronomy, its history, its people, its carnival … In addition, we must not forget that it is one of the safest countries in South America.
Today at Vuela Viajes we want to take a tour of the most important cities in Uruguay, although it is important that you bear in mind that we are not going to show you its most touristic places, but the most populated ones. Would you like to join us?
How could it be otherwise, let’s start by talking about Montevideo, the capital of the country, which is considered one of the cities with the best quality of life in South America. On the other hand, you should know that it is also one of the most tourist cities, offering historical walks, beaches, nightclubs, agricultural tourism in its outskirts …
City of the Coast
The second most populated city in Uruguay is Ciudad de la Costa, which is located in the department of Canelones. Of course, it is important to bear in mind that its population growth has been very fast. Unfortunately, this growth has not been accompanied by adequate development of the service infrastructure. In any case, the city is an important commercial and tourist center.
Formerly known as Salto Oriental, the city of Salto is the capital of the homonymous department. It is located in front of the Argentine city of Concordia, to which it is linked by a historical link. It is important to keep in mind that it is the center of the citrus production region of Uruguay. In fact, it is surrounded by farms dedicated to the production of these fruits and others.
The fourth most populated city in Uruguay is Paysandú, which is the capital of the homonymous department. Bordering the Argentine cities of Colón and Concepción del Uruguay, Paysandú stands out for its industrial and commercial activity. In fact, it is considered one of the three most developed cities in the country, after Montevideo and Maldonado.
As we have just mentioned, Maldonado is considered the second most developed city in the country, although in terms of population it ranks fifth. Capital of the homonymous department, it houses the beautiful cathedral of San Fernando de Maldonado, which was declared a National Historic Monument. On the other hand, we want to comment that in its surroundings you can find forests, mountains and sea.
In sixth place on the list we find Rivera, which is located on the border with the Federative Republic of Brazil. In fact, it is conurbation with the Brazilian city of Santana do Livramento. It is important to bear in mind that both cities are linked by a dividing line that extends through streets and avenues. We want to highlight the Plaza Internacional, a symbol of the integration of both territories that is known as the Border of Peace.
We also have to talk about Las Piedras, a city belonging to the department of Canelones that is located on the shores of the Las Piedras stream. It is important to keep in mind that you are in the Metropolitan Area of Montevideo. In fact, it is what is called a dormitory city of the capital. In addition, it has a close relationship with the farm, horse riding and viticulture.
Finally, we must talk about Tacuarembó, capital of the homonymous department. The city is home to numerous sites of interest, such as the Cathedral of San Fructuoso, declared a historical monument, or the Carlos Gardel Museum in Valle Edén. We also want to talk about the water bodies that are a few kilometers from the center, such as the Laguna de las Lavanderas.