Uruguay Quick Guide

Uruguay Travel Guide will tell you that Uruguay is a South American country, probably better known for its beautiful beaches and verdant, hilly interior. The capital, Montevideo, revolving around Plaza Independencia, formerly home to a Spanish fortress, dominates the city. It leads towards the ancient, Spanish-speaking city of Ciudad Vieja (old city), with large piers, old-world buildings and gorgeous panoramic views. La Rambla, an elegant waterfront promenade passes by numerous parks, piers and restaurants.

Punta del Este, Uruguay Travel Guide states, "If you love the cool sea breezes and warm coastal temperatures, then you're in luck. Uruguay is home to more than two hundred beaches, giving visitors the chance to see some of the most beautiful and serene places in South America." The enchanting journeys in this destination allows you to get lost among the nature's beauty, and it certainly will not disappoint you! It is also widely accepted that Uruguay is one of the most socially progressive countries in South America; this means that you will not only enjoy your stay here, but will also leave Uruguay feeling like a socially conscious tourist!

Many Uruguay travel guides also will tell you that Uruguay is the most popular winter destinations in South America. Why is this? Simply because there are snow-capped peaks in Uruguay, and also the fact that you can visit Uruguay without having to pay international airport fees or incur huge costs when flying into Uruguay. A great deal of local businesses have also been built up during the winter months in Uruguay, so more travelers are able to take advantage of employment opportunities offered by these establishments. In short, visiting Uruguay during the winter months is both a wise investment and an enjoyable experience.

Another factor that makes Uruguay a top holiday spot is that it has the most consistently high temperature readings anywhere in South America. The average temps in Uruguay are around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, making them the most temperate country in South America by default. The majority of Uruguayans enjoy the warmer weather and do not fret about the climate in Montevideo. With the wide acceptance of tourists, Uruguay travel guides will tell you that visitors to Uruguay will be met with some of the most stylish accommodations anywhere in South America.

Montevideo is home to some of the finest restaurants and bars in Uruguay. However, like many other Uruguay hotels, the hotels in Montevideo are located throughout the city and offer a wide range of amenities and services to their guests. From fine dining and friendly locals, to shopping and nightlife venues, there is something for everyone in Montevideo. You'll find the people of Uruguay to be incredibly hospitable, as well, which is another reason why you should visit Uruguay anytime you can.

When you're planning your next trip to Uruguay, it's crucial that you look into what attractions are available to you. Because the rainy season in Uruguay runs from June to November, you'll find that the summer is your peak season. The temperatures remain relatively high throughout the year, but in December and January, you will experience some colder temperature readings. If you are planning a trip to Uruguay in the summer, there are a few things that you need to consider. One thing that you'll need to consider is the number of days that you want to be away. If you only plan on spending a couple days in Montevideo or another popular area, there are a few ways to save money and still visit the Uruguay attractions that you want to.

The two most popular Uruguay destinations tend to be the capital Montevideo and the capital of Uruguay, Cancun. Both of these cities offer visitors the chance to see some spectacular scenery, but they are quite different from one another. If you are going to spend more than a few days in either of these cities, you will likely wind up spending more money. However, because the prices are so high, it may be a viable option for someone who is only visiting one or two times during the course of their trip.

If you would like to visit more Uruguay travel destinations, you may want to consider spending some time in the southern parts of the country. Uruguay is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, the Amazon River and the Caribbean Sea. These areas are home to some of the friendliest and most welcoming people you'll meet anywhere. If you are traveling south, you can expect beautiful weather and lush vegetation. You can also expect the rich culture that makes Uruguay a diverse country to be reflected in the cuisine, music and art of this southern region of Uruguay.

What vaccinations do I need?

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Uruguay are available from the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Is it safe to travel?

Best time to visit?

Uruguay can be visited all year round. It is never really cold or wet but it certainly can be a little chilly in the winter. As the seasons are reversed from the northern hemisphere, the best time to visit is during its summer months between October and March when the beach resorts are in full swing and the sun shines.

Do I need a Visa?

British passport holders visiting for up to 90 days don't need a visa. For information on how to extend your stay or take up residency in Uruguay visit Dirección Nacional de Migración (in Spanish).

See which forms you may need for entry into Uruguay.

What currency do i need?

The official currency of Uruguay is the Peso Uruguayo (UYU). If you're looking to transfer or spend money in Uruguay you can grab amazing Peso Uruguayo deals via Wise.com (GBP to UYU).

What about the wildlife?

Grazing mammals include the Pampas deer (Ozotoceros bezoarticus), the [gray brocket] or Guazuvirá deer (Mazama gouazoubira), and the capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris), the world's largest living rodent. Uruguay is home to a rich avifauna, including the Southern lapwing and the magnificent black-necked swan.

What is the traditional food?

Spanish food? Common dishes. Asado: both the tradition of grilling beef over coals (which translates to barbecue in American English), and the dish, tira de asado. Chivito: a sandwich containing steak, ham, cheese, tomato, lettuce, and mayonnaise.

What Languages are spoken?

In Uruguay the spoken language is Spanish and the written language is Spanish. The capital of Uruguay is Montevideo and the population is 3,360,105 with a total Area of 176,220 kilometers squared. You can learn some basic Spanish before you travel to Uruguay and really impress the locals!

How much do you tip?

The currency in Uruguay is the Peso Uruguayo (Restaurants Leave 10% of the bill. Taxis Round up the fare a few pesos.).

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The GMT time difference is -4 hours

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