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Uruguay

Step on over to the grill in this small but proud nation that consumes the world’s most meat per capita. Soak up the sun at the beach by day and then party the night away.  Known for being one of the most liberal countries in Latin America, Uruguayans will be happy to sip mate and talk politics or history or soccer all afternoon.  

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Basic Info

Drinking water: Potable, safe to drink from the tap

Plugs: Type C, F and L (See photo below)

Covid Updates

The website (listed below) still says it is not open for international tourism, however, various articles say they opened on Nov 1st for vaccinated travelers with a negative PCR. There is another PCR on day 7 after arrival. 

Money

Official currency: $ Uruguayan peso

Budget: More expensive than its neighbors. Dorm rooms are $10 – $20 USD in low season with budget hotels starting at $40 USD and both going up for high season.  The food prices are comparable to Western Europe or the US  and beers will run you $3 – $5.  

Credit cards: Widely accepted in tourist areas

Tipping: Roughly 10% in touristy areas, but not obligatory 

Visas

Visa free for almost all of the Americas, Europe and Aus/New Zealand

**Always check with your government for the most up to date information on visa requirements.**

Vaccinations

None

**Assuming you are current on routine vaccinations. Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on required vaccinations specific to your home country**

Safety

Exercise Normal Precautions

**Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on safety**

Language

Official Languages: Spanish

Hello: Hola      Goodbye: Adios

Thank-you: Gracias

Yes: Sí      No: No

Beer: Cerveza      Bathroom: Baño 

When to go

High season falls between December and February when Uruguayans, Argentines and Brazilians flock to the beaches causing prices to soar.   

Uruguayan Carnival is the longest in the world usually stars at the end of January lasting 40 days. 

Low season is from September – November . Come to watch whales from June – November. 

Responsible Travel

Buy local! 

Don’t share mate 

Uruguay travel guides 

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