Uruguay might be the smallest member of South America, but it makes up in personality what it lacks in size. A thriving abstract art scene comprises its sophisticated side, spearheaded by Pablo Atchugary, and historic sites and settlements reinforce the country’s multicultural roots.
Of course, good things come in small packages. Squeezed inside borders smaller than the state of Washington are knockout coastlines, exciting beach towns, and vast frontiers. Cycling in Uruguay is a dreamlike experience, with landscapes that seem somehow familiar, but still entirely unexpected.
Asado (grilled meat), olive oil, chivito sandwiches, pasta, and flan with dulce de leche
Mate and Tannat, a local red varietal made from the national grape