Montevideo, Uruguay: The South American Odyssey
Palacio Salvo, a beautiful building built in the early 1900s, was designed by an Italian architect Mario Palanti. More info on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palacio_Salvo
Solis Theatre (Teatro Solis) , built in 1856 is Uruguay's oldest theatre and is currently owned by the government of Montevideo
Below is the oldest plaza in Montevideo.
Punta Carretas Lighthouse, erected in 1876, is the an important landmark of Montevideo. Its 21 meters high and its light reaches 15 miles away, flashing every 10 seconds. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punta_Brava_Lighthouse
Nice surprises in these parts of the world..
How to reach: Uruguay has direct flight connectivity with many South American countries, for people from outside South America, one can enter Uruguay via Brazil.
Food/Accommodation: Montevideo has some very good hotels suiting all budgets. Food is a bit difficult for vegetarians but has a lot of international restaurants