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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organizing Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources

 

Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
Foreign ministry
Diplomatic Representations
Foreign ministry - Listing of consular and diplomatic representations.
 
IATA Travel Center
 

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Organizing Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Recommendation
A very efficient bus network covers the whole country, which is an inexpensive mode of transport. Furthermore, taxis are widely available in most big cities, but it is important to stress a point. In Montevideo, the price of a journey depends on the distance covered in Km. A kilometric counter is in charge of computing the price, and the driver can show you a number of connections with the price list. In the countryside, the price of a journey might be computed on the amount of kilometers covered or on a set price method, either or. It is therefore important to ask for the price of a journey before getting in a cab.
Maps of Urban Networks
Mapred
Maporama
Mapblast
UT Library on line

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:


Airport

Distance

Taxi

Bus

Train

Car Rental
Montevideo - Carrasco Intl (MVD) 15 km / 10 miles USD 20-25 / 20-30 min USD 2.50 / 30 min - Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Recommendation
Plane: There are few national airlines but they are for rather exclusive use and have a relatively uncertain schedule.
Bus: Very good way of travelling in Uruguay. Bus travel is cheap and rather comfortable.
Car: On-site rental is possible. The road network is efficient.
Ship: There is a shuttle between Montevideo and Colonia.
Rail Companies
State railway office.

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Airlines

Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
PLUNA Yes Yes
Listing of airlines Yes Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Traveling By Yourself

Recommendation
The road network is well-developed and in relatively good condition. There are numerous non-paved roads. The road Montevideo-Punta Del Este on the coast counts many gas stations. Inside the country, it is better to stock up with gas in stations around cities. It is advised to be very cautious since drivers only partially respect the highway code and cars are quite old. Numerous private bus companies ensure regular connections between cities from the bus station of Montevideo and with comfortable transport conditions.
Road Maps
Google Maps
Road network map
Find an Itinerary
Ministry of Tourism

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Visiting

Different Forms of Tourism

Historical
Montevideo is the capital of Uruguay and also the biggest city. It gathers the cultural, business and economic activities of the country. It is a modern and animated city with some interesting architectural buildings, especially along the avenida 18 de Julio.
Cultural
There are lots of museums worth visiting in Montevideo. You shouldn't miss the "Museo del Gaucho". Two other museums will also attract visitors: the historical houses of Casa Lavalleja (National Historical Museum) and Casa Rivera. The visit of the Mercado del Puerto (harbor market) is a must. It is located in the old town, at the crossing of Piedras and Castellanos. Build under an old train station from the beginning of the 20th century, it still holds the original central clock. It is one of the popular centers of gastronomy in Uruguay and a great place to gather friends on weekends to enjoy an excellent asado.
Nature
Punta del Este is one of the most select seaside resorts in all of south America.
Religious
At Paysandu, you can see the cathedral, whose walls have kept the bullets of the triple alliance war embedded. At that time, the city belonged to the Paraguayans.
Thermal
The region that gave its name to the city of Salto is the most populated northern Uruguayan urban center, but it is also a well known center in the region for its thermal sources all around, touristic resorts and converted swimming pools.
Beach
The Carmelo and Mercedes beaches are ideal spots for boat cruising, sailing, fishing and fun water activities. For the farniente followers, the beaches of Punta del Este and their crystal clear waters definitely are the places to go. With its numerous seaside resort and its crowds of tourists, the Montevideo east side area is one the most westernized places in the country. The great Atlantida Resort is located just east from the capital city, and you will find Piriapolis just a couple of beach towel rows further. From there, you might explore the surrounding countryside and hike up the 130 feet of the Cerro Pan de Azucar, or even visit Minas, a charming small town surrounded by wooded hills.
Outdoor Activities
Several activities can be chosen, see the website of Ministry of Tourism
Shopping
The craft industry concerns products dealing with the gaucho's image and life, with mostly leather and wool work. Furthermore, there is an important offer of semi precious stones (agata, amethyst, etc) coming from the northern areas in the country. There is a store chain in the main malls concentrating all the diversity of craft industry in Uruguay.
Tourism Organizations
Ministry of Tourism

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
No requirement concerning vaccination for international flights.
For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Ministry of public health.
 

Emergency Numbers

Any type emergency 911
 

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Montevideo (GMT-3 in winter, GMT-2 in summer)
Summer Time Period
Summer time from October to March
 

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

Type of Climate
Uruguay is the only Latin American country to be wholly located in a temperate climate zone. Heats period is January and the coldest temperatures are reached in July, with a mean difference of twelve degrees Celsius. Temperatures vary between 15 and 32 degrees Celsius.
For Further Information
National meteorology Office
General climate information website
Professional meteorological data website.
International meteorological website.
 

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall

Climate

 

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Eating

Food Specialties
Most restaurants in Uruguay are grill restaurants: as a matter of fact, beef is the main ingredient for the preparation of all dishes in Uruguay.
Asado: barbecued beef
Asado de tira: beef ribs
Lomo: fillet of beef
Costillas: sheep
Milanesa: veal chops
Chivito: sandwich with beef, salad and eggs.
Puchero: beef with vegetables, bacon, beans and sausages.
Cazuela: homemade stew
Dulce de leche: desserts
Caña, grappa: beverages
Beers are excellent in Uruguay.
Drinks
Concerning soft drink, sodas and fizzy beverages are widely consumed.

Local beers are called "Patricia", "Pilsen" and "Cilertal" (an AMBEV monopoly). Whiskey is the most consumed alcoholic beverage. There is also an interesting amount of wine consumption due to a high local production.

Dietary Restrictions
There are no culinary restrictions. The only thing to mention is that horse meat is not locally produced and is therefore it is all imported.

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Paying

Domestic Currency
Uruguayan Peso
ISO Code
UYU
To Obtain Domestic Currency
The currency is the Uruguayan peso ; 1 peso = 100 centimes. The currency is issued in bills of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 pesos and in coins of 1 and 2 pesos and 10, 20 and 50 centimes.
Possible Means of Payment
Most businesses will accept credit card payment. Furthermore, the country benefits from a wide banking network as well as an ATM network that accepts most international credit cards (VISA, MASTER, DINERS, AMEX, and others).

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Speaking

Official Language
Spanish 
Other Languages Spoken
94% of the citizens speak only Spanish. Therefore, Spanish is the common language used in politics and in cultural and economic fields. English is used occasionally in commercial activities. Other languages, such as French, Portuguese or German are not used very often.
Business Language
Spanish, English
Getting Some Knowledge
Website of some common Spanish expressions brought in English.
Free Translation Tools
Babel Fish : Free English-Spanish-English traduction of texts and web pages
Systran : Free French-Spanish-French traduction of texts and web pages
Dictionarios.com : Free Spanish-Catalan-English-French Dictionary

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Useful Resources

To Find an Apartment
Directory of real estate agencies

Real estate agencies online
To Find a Job

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