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Karen A Higgs

The Guru of Guru’Guay

Karen A Higgs grew up in the South Wales Valleys. At 22 she found herself stranded in Mexico City airport with just a pocket Spanish dictionary for company. Since then she’s lived most of her life in Latin America. She sang 60s covers in a psychedelic rock bar in Costa Rica. In Buenos Aires, she impressed her teenage English language students by riding a 500 cc motorbike around town. In 2000, she moved to Uruguay to lead the communications team at an international non-profit.

In 2010 she made a radical change of career, running an award-winning guesthouse in Montevideo’s Old City. Pleas from grateful guests to share her insider information about the city more widely inspired the popular Guru’Guay website in late 2013.

Since then Karen has written The Guru’Guay Guide to Montevideo (2nd ed Oct. 2019) – the only English-language city guide to the capital – and its companion The Guru’Guay Guide to Uruguay: Beaches, Ranches & Wine Country (Nov. 2017). They are Amazon bestsellers. In 2020, Karen narrated and published the Montevideo guide as an audiobook. It is Uruguay’s first ever long-length audiobook in the world.

Our website visitors are mainly from the US, Uruguay, Canada and the UK. In 2021, we received our website visitor # 1,000,000. This video explains why Guru’Guay readers love Guru’Guay.  

Karen is the only Uruguay travel guide author who actually lives in Uruguay and the difference to the other commercial guidebooks is palpable.

Guru’Guay in the media

Internationally Karen has been quoted in the New York Times and National Geographic and the subject of shows by the BBC and The Vacation Rental Show.  She’s been a guest on several of the world’s most popular travel podcasts. The Uruguayan public has also fallen in love with Guru’Guay and Karen appears regularly on local TV and radio. Check out the Guru’Guay media page where you can find articles and videos about Karen and listen to podcast interviews.


Guru’Guay is proud to be part of Uruguay Natural, Uruguay’s country brand. Our guidebooks have been  sponsored by the Uruguay Ministry of Tourism and the Government of Montevideo.

Private 1:1 consultations

Karen can also be your personal guide. She is available to provide expert guidance to people like yourself who are deciding if Uruguay is a great place for them to visit, live and invest.

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