Our Reading series is curated by our resident editor and librarian, Jason. Whenever we travel, we like to learn as much as we can about our destination. Along with the books and movies we've found, Jason adds titles to give you an in-depth and entertaining view of a place. Here are some reads and watches for Uruguay.
I've divided the books section into travel guides and the history of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571.
Guru'Guay Guide to Uruguay: Beaches, Ranches and Wine Country
by Karen A Higgs
Written by a British author, she focuses more on beaches and wine and throws in a couple of estancias (ranches). It's a good read. The author is the owner of an award-winning guesthouse in Montevideo, so she knows the area as a local.
Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571
In 1972, a Uruguayan flight crashed on a glacier in the Andes. More than two months later, the survivors finally were rescued. This story captured interest at the time. It was made more famous by the 1974 book, Alive, by Piers Paul Read. Here I've listed three books by survivors of the tragedy and how their experience affected their lives.
I Had to Survive: How a Plane Crash in the Andes Inspired My Calling to Save Lives
by Dr. Roberto Canessa and Pablo Vierci
Dr. Canessa trekked with Parrado to find help after spending two months on a glacier. His experience motivated him to earn his medical degree and become a successful pediatric cardiologist.