Uruguay’s culture is significantly influenced by the gaucho (cowboy) tradition. Cattle ranching has been pervasive in the country since colonial times, and its rural roots and traditions remain important to the national identity. Beautifully crafted leather goods have come out of this lifestyle as well.
Much of Uruguay’s art depicts the romantic gaucho lifestyle. Most popular Uruguayan art depicts local lifestyle; including a genre consisting solely of life in Montevideo.
Music in this country is dominated by a love for the tango, which is known as the most passionate Latin dance. A cruise to Uruguay should include some exposure to this beautiful art form. Folk music also can be heard throughout Uruguay.
Travelers to Uruguay will find the locals nursing an obsession with football (soccer). The country has won two Olympic gold medals in the sport, as well as the first-ever World Cup. Football games can be seen being played across the country in stadiums, playing fields, yards, and in the street.