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As Uruguay’s tourism market continues to expand, an increasing number of things to do and tours have started to emerge. The destination holds great appeal for a range of visitors, from those looking to spend a week or two in the wilderness of the Uruguayan planes, or to set up camp by the sea and indulge in the various water sports on offer.

Due to Uruguay’s diverse landscape, natural attractions, and varied wildlife, activities such as horseback riding, surfing, walking tours, and bike rides through the charming cities and towns are extremely popular with international tourists and available through numerous outfitters.

Horseback riding is one of Uruguay’s biggest pulls. You can venture through the breathtaking scenery of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Banados del Este Biosphere Reserve, and experience landscapes varying from palm groves to rocky beaches and coastal lagoons. A number of exhilarating excursions varying in length can be organized through tour operator Hidden Trails.

The great Atlantic breaks off the coast of La Paloma and the year-round great weather provide perfect conditions for surfing, and as a result draws crowds of professionals and learners from around the region. A number of companies, including La Paloma Surfing School offer lessons, as well as board and equipment rental.

A walking tour around Colonia del Sacramento is perhaps the best way to discover this beautiful beach town. The faded Portuguese buildings and cobblestone alleyways of this former smuggling port are the ideal retreat from the bustle of Montevideo and hordes of tourists who line the beaches. Bueno Tours arranges regular trips around the area.

Take a five-mile boat trip from Punta del Esta, Uruguay to stunning Isla de Lobos to uncover a hidden nature reserve. Home to the largest colony of sea lions in the western hemisphere, this is a sight certainly worth seeing. During the high-season, Australis Tours runs daily trips to the island.

Cycling around the capital Montevideo is a great way to soak up the atmosphere of this pleasant city and check out the various attractions. One of the highlights is a leisurely evening ride down the waterfront promenade as the sun is setting. You can rent a bike for the day from local company Bicicleteria Sur.

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