Nearby points of interest include the Punta del Este, a long peninsular which extends to the southernmost point of the country, and is a popular holiday destination during the summer months, December to January; Colonia del Sacramento, a small town with a rich colonial history including the oldest church and the only bull ring in Uruguay, as well as a fortress and contraband port which are now listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites; and of course the famous Guacho Country, where tourists can spend time on one of the many ranches, exploring the countryside on horseback.
Situated on the northern mouth of the Plata River estuary, Montevideo is ... More Uruguay’s largest port. A period of economic prosperity in the late 19th century drew many immigrants from Europe, however military dictatorship in the mid-20th century led to an economic decline, the effects of which may still be seen today. During this period, many rural poor flooded the city, however this trend has slowed as the country has entered a period of economic recovery, with stronger regional trade ties leading to renewed agricultural development.
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