Located in thes southeastern region of South America, Uruguay is known as the “Switzerland of South America”, the hidden gem of the region and the second smallest country in South America. The country is very safe, with a stable political system, hosting breathtaking landscapes and beaches, colonial charm, warm locals and an exquisite wine industry.
Why Visit Uruguay
LANDSCAPES & BEACHES
Despite its small size, Uruguay has inexhaustible natural landscapes and endless historical wonders. It is a summer destination, with over 410 miles (660 km) of Atlantic Coast, offering deserted beaches, natural meadows and extensive sandy areas. It is also a leader on the conservation industry, positioning itself among the countries with the best sustainability indicators.
Uruguayans are warm and extremely hospitable. They are always willing to help tourists, to share their culture and to make your visit an unforgettable one.
Uruguay’s architecture is characterized by its colonial style, especially in Colonia del Sacramento, a charming well preserved colonial town by Rio de la Plata that has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO, and is well worth seeing.
Uruguay is one of the top five producers of wine in South America, offering high quality wine. The country has over 10,000 hectares of vineyards operated by approximately 270 wineries, most them are family businesses than have been making wine since the beginning of the industry in the country.
What to expect
Spanish is the official language in Uruguay. English is taught in school and a good portion of the population will speak it fluently. Outside main cities, there are not many english speakers.
In Uruguay the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa.
The Uruguayan peso is the official currency in Uruguay. Other foreign currencies, like dollars, argentinian pesos and euros, might be accepted at tourist attractions and hotels, but they won’t be accepted at other establishments. Credit cards are widely accepted, and you can exchange your money at any bank or withdraw directly from the ATM. Cash is recommended, especially in the countryside. 1 USD equals 43.19 pesos (as of 2020)
Uruguay enjoys a temperate climate all year round, with mild temperatures and rainfall distributed throughout the year. Seasons are well defined, with warm summers and chilly winters.
Uruguay is VERY safe. It is the safest country to visit in entire Latin America. Crime rates are low, ranked 37th on the Global Peace Index, and violent crime is pretty much non-existent. However, common sense is recommended like anywhere else.
Visa Policy & Passport
Citizens of 85 countries are allowed to enter Argentina without a visa for a period up to 90 days, including all European Union citizens, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Barbados, Bahamas, Belarus, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Korea Republic, Liechtenstein, Malta, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom Of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Vatican city and Venezuela.
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