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An exhibit from artist Carlos Paez Vilaro at the Plaza Independencia in Montevideo.

13. Montevideo, Uruguay Montevideo, the capital, is the only city in the country with a population of more than 1 million. Punta del Este, the up-and-coming beach resort of the beautiful, is just about two hours east of Montevideo. Currency value change since 2008: 22% decrease. Read more: • 29 spots for 2009: Punta Del Este • Uruguay tourismDaniel Caselli / AFP / Getty Images