Karen A HiggsThe 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.
Karen is the only Uruguay guidebook 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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More about the Guru
I left my native Wales when I was just 18 but March 1, Saint David’s Day, is always a time when I think about my roots. Especially living here in Uruguay.
2020. Working in the travel sector, you can imagine how we were hit. Guru’Guay chews over the pivots to stay afloat & celebrates Uruguay’s ‘good’ pandemic.
Where can you pick up the best-selling Guru’Guay guidebooks to Uruguay and Montevideo when you’re already in Uruguay or Argentina? Check for stockists.
Karen A Higgs moved to Uruguay in 2000. Her renowned Guru’Guay travel guides to Uruguay and Montevideo are praised for their passion and soul.
Guru’Guay and its creator, Karen A Higgs, have become a reference around the world and in Uruguay for our perceptive take on tourism and living as an expat.
Chris Christensen interviews Guru’Guay creator Karen A Higgs about travel and tourism in Uruguay. AT is one of the world’s top 5% most popular podcasts.
The creator of Guru’Guay moved to Uruguay in 2000. She shares an uncanny coincidence that she thinks made URUGUAY her DESTINY.
Lonely Planet just named Uruguay ‘one of the ten countries you MUST visit in 2020’. Perfect timing as we just released our new travel guide to the capital.
Are you considering a move to Uruguay–full-time, sabbatical or snow-birding–and want expert advice specific to your circumstances?
MyUS.com—a site which serves 550,000 expats in 220 countries–named Karen A Higgs along with singer-songwriter Meri Deal and footballer Luis Suarez’s wife.
A prestigious journal ran a full page quoting Guru’Guay that Uruguay is a holiday destination to rival Argentina or Brazil.