Image: Elizabeth Gleeson
The Wow: Palm forests, rivers that ebb and flow with the ocean tides, pearly white dunes, wild horses, and a horizon dotted by rickety fishing boats. Accessible only by 4X4, travelers here should be prepared to pitch a tent for the night and grill the catch of the day over a pit fire.
Why now? Little Uruguay has for many years been a secret treasure. Now, however, that is starting to change. Indeed, National Geographic Traveler recently listed Uruguay as one of its top 20 trips of 2011.