Uruguay is best known to Australians as a soccer nemesis in World Cup qualification matches, but is a surprising destination, home to a fine wine industry, and boasting in its capital Montevideo, one of the best art deco and art nouveau architectural heritages in the world.
In two short stays in Buenos Aires there was still time to see many great sights, both built structures, and the vibrant latin culture
Ushuaia is a booming frontier at the end of the world, the waters of the Beagle Channel lapping its shores. Colourful wooden houses crown up the surrounding hills, whilst snowcapped mountains rear up behind.
Originally hosting a penal colony, and a military base (the memory of the local conscript soldiers and sailors who died in the war for the Malvinas is still deeply felt), the city has doubled in size in recent years. This is where cruise ships leave for the Antarctic, so the main street is lined with souvenir stores, outdoor gear shops and restaurants.