Uruguay is a small country on the south-eastern coast of South America. Among the independent nations of South America, only Suriname has a smaller area. Gently rolling grasslands cover almost the entire interior of Uruguay. Beautiful sandy beaches line the country’s Atlantic coast.
The capital Montevideo used to be a mighty modern city with the tallest building in South America and one of the busiest ports on the continent. That port’s now a cultural centre, and most of the city’s attractions like the antique shops and museums of the stately Ciudad Vieja hark back to the past.
Life’s lazier inland in the hilly meadows and glassy rivers. But the best of all are the estancias, the grand homes set in enormous working ranches where you’ll have a chance to ride with gauchos and see your beef on the hoof.
Uruguay has a mild, humid climate that varies little from one area to another. Temperatures in Montevideo average 51 °F (11 °C) in July, the coldest month, and 73 °F (23 °C) in January, the warmest month.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
POPULATION: 3.4 million
CURRENCY: Peso Uruguayo
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a three pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +598
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC -3
The risk of crime is generally low throughout Uruguay, but you should show greater awareness in and around Montevideo.
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