Why Virtual Uruguay?

Uruguay is a tiny country with an enormous heart that is often overshadowed by its neighbors, Argentina and Brazil. Virtual Uruguay aims to highlight all that is good and beautiful about the small country that little know much about.

Researching Uruguay travel destinations is currently quite a daunting task, as you must sift through a slew of abandoned and uninformative websites in order to get even basic, general travel information about the country.  VirtualUruguay.com is here to the rescue! We promise to feature detailed information and accurate travel advice about even the remotest destinations within the country.

VirtualUruguay.com is currently under construction but please be patient – the final product will be well worth the wait!  We are in the process of compiling and consolidating detailed, firsthand information received from contributors who know Uruguay inside and out.

We invite those already familiar with Uruguay to contact us with any travel tips or recommendations that they would like included in the online guide.

Who’s behind the website?

People often ask me “Why did a Wisconsin native choose to create a website dedicated to Uruguay, of all places?” Well, this is my story…

I was born and raised in Mequon, Wisconsin, USA. My connection to Uruguay is through my father, a Uruguayan who emigrated to the United States in the 1970’s.  Although I grew up eating milanesas and morcilla, and listening to Uruguayan folklore music, I really didn’t have a full grasp of what it meant to be of Uruguayan ancestry. In 1999, after 17 years had passed without visiting my family in Uruguay, my father bought me a plane ticket and sent me to a small seaside resort, where my grandparents lived, for three weeks. During this trip, my love affair with Uruguay began and I was determined to travel back to the warm, charming country as often as I could. During my college days, I scrounged up all of my extra cash just to be able to buy a plane ticket to Uruguay. I never spent Spring Break in Cancun or in the Bahamas, like my friends did, because I was only concerned about getting back to Uruguay the following year.

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, I decided to move to Uruguay to teach English for a year. I spent an amazing year making new friends and strengthening my relationship with my family. During my time in Uruguay, I also met my husband.

Uruguay holds a special place in my heart.  Every time my plane touches down in Carrasco International Airport, I instantly feel at peace, as if the country had been waiting for my return.

Through this website, I aim to provide you a similar experience. I welcome you to VirtualUruguay.com and challenge you to start your own love affair with the paísito.