WIDE VARIETY OF LANDSCAPES AND ARCHITECTURE

Uruguay: a strategic location

Uruguay is strategically located in the region, only a 45 minute-flight from Buenos Aires (Argentina) and 2 hours away from Sao Paulo (Brazil). With more than 1000 kilometers of coastline to the Atlantic Ocean and the Rio de la Plata, at maximum distances of 600 km, the country offers a wide variety of landscapes to carry out audiovisual productions of the most diverse characteristics.

Beaches bordering hills, desert dunes, mountain ranges and extensive rural areas coexist, at short distances, with cities that house a rich architectural heritage, with buildings ranging from modern styles to the Neoclassical, Art Nouveau and Colonial.

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WIDE VARIETY OF LANDSCAPES AND ARCHITECTURE

Uruguay: a strategic location

Uruguay is strategically located in the region, only a 45 minute-flight from Buenos Aires (Argentina) and 2 hours away from Sao Paulo (Brazil). With more than 1000 kilometers of coastline to the Atlantic Ocean and the Rio de la Plata, at maximum distances of 600 km, the country offers a wide variety of landscapes to carry out audiovisual productions of the most diverse characteristics.

Beaches bordering hills, desert dunes, mountain ranges and extensive rural areas coexist, at short distances, with cities that house a rich architectural heritage, with buildings ranging from modern styles to the Neoclassical, Art Nouveau and Colonial.

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Montevideo, the capital of the country, is a cosmopolitan city with an eclectic style but a quiet and friendly pace. Its ancient residential neighborhoods, old mansions and landscaped palaces recall the splendor of the nineteenth century. In addition, there are many buildings ranging from Art Deco to futuristic structures such as the new Carrasco International Airport, the Communications Tower or the World Trade Center.

Montevideo, the capital of the country, is a cosmopolitan city with an eclectic style but a quiet and friendly pace. Its ancient residential neighborhoods, old mansions and landscaped palaces recall the splendor of the nineteenth century. In addition, there are many buildings ranging from Art Deco to futuristic structures such as the new Carrasco International Airport, the Communications Tower or the World Trade Center.

The soft undulating prairies of the Uruguayan fields go back to the French countryside; its colonial constructions -houses, forts, churches and entire towns such as Colonia del Sacramento- transport visitors to historical and warlike scenarios that awaken the imagination to generate the most diverse film sets.
In addition to its natural landscapes, Uruguay adds the versatility of its seaside resorts, which range from the glamour of Punta del Este, with its tourist infrastructure similar to the most valued resorts in the Caribbean; the hill and spirit boulevard of the French Riviera in Piriápolis; to rustic fishing villages such as Cabo Polonio and Valizas, nestled among gigantic golden dunes.

The soft undulating prairies of the Uruguayan fields go back to the French countryside; its colonial constructions -houses, forts, churches and entire towns such as Colonia del Sacramento- transport visitors to historical and warlike scenarios that awaken the imagination to generate the most diverse film sets.
In addition to its natural landscapes, Uruguay adds the versatility of its seaside resorts, which range from the glamour of Punta del Este, with its tourist infrastructure similar to the most valued resorts in the Caribbean; the hill and spirit boulevard of the French Riviera in Piriápolis; to rustic fishing villages such as Cabo Polonio and Valizas, nestled among gigantic golden dunes.

 Its geography is connected through an extensive network of roads, routes and paths.

Rural environments
Rural environments
Uruguay’s clear specialization in agricultural production has given its rural landscape a marked productive personality. Several farms and ranches focused on livestock production, as well as wineries and tourist farms, accompany the landscape of meadows, sown fields, native forests and wetlands that characterize the country.
Prairies
Prairies
Gently undulating prairies, dotted with rugged hills and watered by multiple streams and marshes, are characteristic of the countryside of Uruguay, a landscape that dates back to the French countryside.
Mountain range (“Sierras”)
Mountain range (“Sierras”)
Only 100 km away from the capital city, there is another one of the most mystical landscapes of Uruguay: the green “sierras” of Lavalleja. Its natural potential includes waterfalls, ravines, hills, ombú forests and hidden caves.
Beaches
Beaches
Uruguay stands out for its paradisiacal beaches of oceanic coast, with white sands and blue sea, which extend for more than 200 km; and for its coast towards the Uruguay River, with beaches with ravines and native forests.

The versatility of its seaside resorts is nourished by cities such as Punta del Este, the epicenter of glamour in South America; Piriápolis, a city inspired by the French Riviera; and rustic fishing villages such as Cabo Polonio and Valizas, nestled among gigantic golden dunes.

Palm groves
Palm groves
One of the greatest and most famous attractions of Rocha and Uruguay is its group of butia palms, which cover 70,000 hectares, a unique ecosystem in the world.
Dunes
Dunes
Giant dune chains, which surround small coastal towns such as Valizas or Cabo Polonio, can be the setting for recreating large desert scenarios.

 Its geography is connected through an extensive network of roads, routes and paths.

Rural environments
Rural environments
Uruguay’s clear specialization in agricultural production has given its rural landscape a marked productive personality. Several farms and ranches focused on livestock production, as well as wineries and tourist farms, accompany the landscape of meadows, sown fields, native forests and wetlands that characterize the country.
Prairies
Prairies
Gently undulating prairies, dotted with rugged hills and watered by multiple streams and marshes, are characteristic of the countryside of Uruguay, a landscape that dates back to the French countryside.
Mountain range (“Sierras”)
Mountain range (“Sierras”)
Only 100 km away from the capital city, there is another one of the most mystical landscapes of Uruguay: the green “sierras” of Lavalleja. Its natural potential includes waterfalls, ravines, hills, ombú forests and hidden caves.
Beaches
Beaches
Uruguay stands out for its paradisiacal beaches of oceanic coast, with white sands and blue sea, which extend for more than 200 km; and for its coast towards the Uruguay River, with beaches with ravines and native forests.

The versatility of its seaside resorts is nourished by cities such as Punta del Este, the epicenter of glamour in South America; Piriápolis, a city inspired by the French Riviera; and rustic fishing villages such as Cabo Polonio and Valizas, nestled among gigantic golden dunes.

Palm groves
Palm groves
One of the greatest and most famous attractions of Rocha and Uruguay is its group of butia palms, which cover 70,000 hectares, a unique ecosystem in the world.
Dunes
Dunes
Giant dune chains, which surround small coastal towns such as Valizas or Cabo Polonio, can be the setting for recreating large desert scenarios.
Uruguay is characterized by its eclectic architecture. Both the capital and the cities and towns of the interior offer a wide variety of styles and locations, where buildings ranging from colonial to Art Nouveau, from Art Deco to futuristic structures such as the new Carrasco International Airport, the Communications Tower or the World Trade Center coexist in harmony. Places as different as Old Havana, Paris, London, Germany, the Caribbean, Italy or Ireland have been recreated in the Uruguayan landscapes.

Art Deco

Art Deco It is perhaps one of the most characteristic styles of the country’s epicenter, present in important buildings such as the Rinaldi building (1927), the former Mitre Bazaar (1929) or the Díaz Palace (1931) but it is also found in very diverse details of ironwork, stained glass, carpentry and bronze ornaments, all around the country.

The style inspired the Uruguayan architects of the 1920s, who until then had been influenced by the neoclassical style and the historicist syncretism of public buildings and large residences; and on a popular level with small adaptations to the classic old house of Hispanic origins with two balconies to the street and patios with skylights.

According to the Uruguayan professor, specialized in Heritage Architecture, William Rey Ashfield, in Uruguay the Art Deco experience has distinctive features that differentiate it from other cities, such as the absence of color. It is also ideal to admire the so-called streamline (in Spanish also known as estilo aerodinámico); a late branch of the Art Deco style that emerged in the United States after the depression of 1929. The style is characterized by the use of curved shapes, long horizontal lines and nautical elements, such as railings and portholes. An example in this line is the Don Hotel, located in front of the Mercado del Puerto, with great reminiscences to the great ships of the time.

Art Deco

Art Deco It is perhaps one of the most characteristic styles of the country’s epicenter, present in important buildings such as the Rinaldi building (1927), the former Mitre Bazaar (1929) or the Díaz Palace (1931) but it is also found in very diverse details of ironwork, stained glass, carpentry and bronze ornaments, all around the country.

The style inspired the Uruguayan architects of the 1920s, who until then had been influenced by the neoclassical style and the historicist syncretism of public buildings and large residences; and on a popular level with small adaptations to the classic old house of Hispanic origins with two balconies to the street and patios with skylights.

According to the Uruguayan professor, specialized in Heritage Architecture, William Rey Ashfield, in Uruguay the Art Deco experience has distinctive features that differentiate it from other cities, such as the absence of color. It is also ideal to admire the so-called streamline (in Spanish also known as estilo aerodinámico); a late branch of the Art Deco style that emerged in the United States after the depression of 1929. The style is characterized by the use of curved shapes, long horizontal lines and nautical elements, such as railings and portholes. An example in this line is the Don Hotel, located in front of the Mercado del Puerto, with great reminiscences to the great ships of the time.

Art Nouveau

Montevideo, because of its great architectural richness in this style, was named “City of the American Art Nouveau Route”, by the AANBA Art Nouveau Association of Buenos Aires. The capital has 33 representative works of this movement, among which the Salvo Palace stands out, an emblematic building of the city designed by the Italian architect Mario Palanti and inaugurated on October 12, 1928, the 1907 Hacienda Williman and the building of the current Librería Puro Verso built in 1917 by the architect Leopoldo Tosi for the optician Pablo Ferrando.

Colonial Constructions

Colonial constructions – houses, forts, churches and entire towns such as Colonia del Sacramento – transport us to historical and warlike scenarios that awaken the imagination to generate the most diverse film sets.

colonia sacramento

Art Nouveau

Montevideo, because of its great architectural richness in this style, was named “City of the American Art Nouveau Route”, by the AANBA Art Nouveau Association of Buenos Aires. The capital has 33 representative works of this movement, among which the Salvo Palace stands out, an emblematic building of the city designed by the Italian architect Mario Palanti and inaugurated on October 12, 1928, the 1907 Hacienda Williman and the building of the current Librería Puro Verso built in 1917 by the architect Leopoldo Tosi for the optician Pablo Ferrando.

Colonial Constructions

Colonial constructions – houses, forts, churches and entire towns such as Colonia del Sacramento – transport us to historical and warlike scenarios that awaken the imagination to generate the most diverse film sets.

colonia sacramento