Seniors Are Checking Out Uruguay
A good number of senior travelers have been to South America, usually taking in such countries as Argentina, Brazil and Chile. I know why, as I’ve seen all three, and each is highly enjoyable, full of scenery and makes for a superior trip. However, one of the newest places to hone in on today is Uruguay.
Well, somebody has let the cat out of the bag. Uruguay used to be South America’s best-kept secret, with a handful of Argentines, Brazilians, Chileans and non–South Americans in the know popping in to enjoy the pristine beaches, the atmospheric cities, the huge steaks and the happening nightlife. Then the peso crashed, the place became a whole lot more affordable and people got curious. They came, loved it and went back home to tell their friends. Who came, loved it and went back home to tell their friends.
Uruguay has a population of about 3.5 million people, and 1.4 million of them live in the capital Montevideo. This country’s population, composed of Charrúa natives in its origins, nowadays is mainly of European descent with a variety of different ethnics and races as well.
Uruguay is beautiful, small, and often known as the heart-shaped country. Although geographically Uruguay is very small, it is a faithful representation of the fact that quality can not be measured on quantity, since its people, its lands, its attractions and its coastlines are quality.
Senior Visitors Drawn to Uruguay
The main drawcards, like Colonia del Sacramento, Punta del Este and Montevideo, have long been welcoming senior tourists, and are dealing with their newfound popularity well. Other destinations, such as Punta del Diablo and Maldonado, retain their charm but are no longer the undiscovered gems they once were. Elsewhere, in the interior, gaucho central Tacuarembó, for example, and the river towns, and particularly in the non-summer months, there’s still a pretty good chance that you’ll be the only senior gringo in town.
Uruguay’s capital and by far its largest city, Montevideo is vibrant and eclectic with a rich cultural life, and is the hub of commerce and higher education in Uruguay. Punta del Este (The Eastern Point) – with its many beaches, elegant seaside homes, yacht harbor, high-rise apartment buildings, pricey hotels and glitzy restaurants – is one of South America’s most glamorous resort areas and easily the most expensive place in Uruguay.
A one-stop site to bring you up to speed shares not only the history and geography, but also has a nice map of the country. Uruguay, with lots of things for senior visitors to see and do, is quickly becoming a popular senior destination. Check it all out with your local travel agent and then head south to Uruguay. Enjoy. jeb