Tours and Field Studies for Uruguay/Argentina Studies Program
USAC strongly encourages students to participate in the tours; however, they are optional and have an additional fee. You will sign up for the tours on your course and tour registration form when you arrive.
Punta del Diablo, Rocha
Explore the sand dunes and national park of Cabo Polonio, a village inaccessible by roads. Then have lunch in Punta del Diablo, a small fishing village of brightly-painted cabins. The town sits on a gentle rise overlooking the ocean with long stretches of sand and fresh sea air. The Fortress of Santa Teresa sits atop the hill. Started by the Portuguese to keep watch, it was later captured and built up by the Spanish.
Buenos Aires, Argentina and Colonia, Uruguay
Known as the "Paris of South America", Buenos Aires is a tango between European heritage and Latin American passion. Explore the city’s rich cultural life, soaring architecture, and perfectly grilled steaks. Head on to Colonia, a UNESCO World Heritage site with large squares and narrow cobblestone streets. Founded by Portugal and later conquered by the Spanish, the city fuses Portuguese, Spanish, and post-colonial styles.
Colonia del Sacramento
Colonia is a UNESCO World Heritage site with large squares and narrow cobblestone streets. Founded by Portugal and later conquered by the Spanish, this picturesque city fuses Portuguese, Spanish, and post-colonial styles. The surrounding areas include Rio de la Plata beaches and farms where the locals produce cheese and wine.
Buenos Aires, Argentina and Rocha, Uruguay
Argentina’s cosmopolitan, capital city looks very European, but the lively atmosphere resonates with Latin American passion. Visit the iconic balconied presidential palace, Casa Rosada, and watch the locals tango from a street side café. Next, visit Rocha, a small fishing village of brightly-painted cabins and long stretches of sand. The Fortress of Santa Teresa sits atop the hill and provides sweeping views from its lookout position.
Rio de la Plata Field Study
Explore the three major influences of the Rio de la Plata region – European, Afro-Descendients, and Guachos. Visit their sites to see how they maintain their roots and how they come together as one nation. The study will also explore the cultural aspects of the Uruguayan people including Tango, Candombe, and Mate traditions. Enrollment in the Rio de la Plata - History and Culture course is required to register for this optional field study.
Viticulture Field Study
Visit local wineries to learn about the viticulture process from how they handle the natural resources and the impact of the industry on the environment, to producing the wine and selling the product. Enrollment in an agribusiness or viticulture course is required to register for this optional field study.