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About Uruguay

Uruguay, the second smallest country in South America, is surrounded by two of the largest countries, Brazil and Argentina. Often overshadowed by its larger neighbors, Uruguay is now becoming more and more popular among international tourists. From dunes and lagoons on its Atlantic coastline to charming colonial towns and thermal springs in its interior, the country has a lot to offer. Uruguay recently joined the medical tourism industry. The country is investing funding and private medical tourism initiatives into their services. World-class healthcare standards are nothing new in the country. It offers affordable, high-quality medical treatments that are performed by skilled and experienced medical professionals. 

Popular Cities and Regions in Uruguay

The capital of Uruguay, Montevideo, is the jewel in the country’s crown. Home to nearly half of Uruguay’s population, this vibrant city is rich in culture. With its blend of old and new, it is no wonder that the city has been captivating visitors for centuries. One of the most famous attractions in the city is Cuidad Viejo (Old Town), which houses narrow cobblestoned streets, beautiful historic buildings, and atmospheric plazas. Its modern city center is just as beautiful, with its tree-lined avenues, art deco buildings, and soaring skyscrapers, while its seafront promenade, La Rambla, is perfect for a nice afternoon stroll. Another popular city is Colonial Del Sacramento. Its UNESCO-listed old historical town has 18th-century Portuguese architecture and leafy plazas, whereas its riverfront is a place where visitors can see spectacular sunsets. Some of the most popular attractions in this city include Centro Cultural Bastión del Carmen, Faro, Museo Portugués, Museo Municipal, and Portón de Campo. 

Transport in Uruguay

The main international airport of Uruguay is Carrasco/General Cesáreo L. Berisso International Airport. It connects the country with numerous major cities in South America and Europe, including Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Madrid. Since scheduled commercial flights within the country have been discontinued, bus and rental cars are the easiest ways to travel around. While trains are available, they are not usually used by tourists. Inside cities, the choice ranges from taxis and remises (private cars) to local buses. Taxis in the country are metered.

Visas in Uruguay

Unless you are a citizen of the 85 visa-exempt countries, you will need to obtain a visa to visit Uruguay. Citizens of the visa-exempt countries, including all EU countries, Argentina, and the US, can visit without a visa for up to 90 days. 

Weather in Uruguay

Uruguay experiences four distinct seasons. Summer, starting from December and ends in March, has warm temperatures ranging from 14°C to 29°C. The summer is also the rainy season in the country. In July, winter starts and brings cooler temperatures. However, the temperature is not cold enough for ice and snow. Both spring and autumn are pleasantly warm.

Additional Info
  1. Local Currency: Uruguayan Peso (UYU) is the official currency of Uruguay. 1 USD is equivalent to around 42.45 UYU.
  2. Money & Payments: it is easy to find ATMs around the country, especially in major cities. Credit cards are widely accepted as well. Tipping is generally expected, typically around 10% of the bill in restaurants.
  3. Local Language: The official language is Spanish. In the northern areas, many people speak Portuñol, which is a hybrid of Spanish and Portuguese. English is not widely spoken, except in tourist areas.
  4. Local Culture and Religion: The largest religion is Christianity, but the constitution provides for the freedom of religion. Other religions, including Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Bahá'í Faith are freely practiced in Uruguay.
  5. Public holidays: Some of the public holidays celebrated in Uruguay are New Year’s Day, Maundy Thursday, and Carnival Monday, Independence Day, Artigas’ Birthday, and Day of the Races.