Uruguay travel guide



Uruguay is located in Latin America and the Caribbean part of South America. It's total area is 175K km² and 11.7% of it is forest area. As of 2023 it has a total population of 3.4M. 95.8% lives in cities whereas 4.2% lives in rural areas.
Uruguay ( (listen); Spanish: [uɾuˈɣwai] (listen)), officially the Oriental Republic of Uruguay or the Eastern Republic of Uruguay (Spanish: República Oriental del Uruguay), is a country in South America. It shares borders with Argentina to its west and southwest and Brazil to its north and northeast, while bordering the Río de la Plata to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast. It is part of the Southern Cone region of South America. Uruguay covers an area of approximately 181,034 square kilometers (69,898 sq mi) and has a population of an estimated 3.4 million, of whom around 2 million live in the metropolitan area of its capital and largest city, Montevideo.

The area that became Uruguay was first inhabited by groups of hunter–gatherers 13,000 years ago. The predominant tribe at the moment of the arrival of Europeans was the Charrúa people, when the Portuguese first established Colónia do Sacramento in 1680; Uruguay was colonized by Europeans late relative to neighboring countries. The Spanish founded Montevideo as a military stronghold in the early 18th century because of the competing claims over the region. Uruguay won its independence between 1811 and 1828, following a four-way struggle between Portugal and Spain, and later Argentina and Brazil. It remained subject to foreign influence and intervention throughout the 19th century, with the military playing a recurring role in domestic politics. A series of economic crises and the political repression against left-wing guerrilla activity in the late 1960s and early 1970s put an end to a democratic period that had begun in the early 20th century, culminating in the 1973 coup d'état, which established a civic-military dictatorship. The military government persecuted leftists, socialists, and political opponents, resulting in deaths and numerous instances of torture by the military; the military relinquished power to a civilian government in 1985. Uruguay is today a democratic constitutional republic, with a president who serves as both head of state and head of government.

Uruguay is ranked first in the Americas for democracy, and first in Latin America in peace, low perception of corruption, and e-government. It is the lowest ranking South American nation in the Global Terrorism Index, and ranks second in the continent on economic freedom, income equality, per-capita income, and inflows of FDI. Uruguay is the third-best country on the continent in terms of Human Development Index, GDP growth, innovation, and infrastructure. Uruguay is regarded as one of the most socially progressive countries in Latin America. It ranks high on global measures of personal rights, tolerance, and inclusion issues, including its acceptance of the LGBT community. The country has legalized cannabis, same-sex marriage, prostitution and abortion. Uruguay is a founding member of the United Nations, OAS, and Mercosur.

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💬 Languages

Spanish is the official language.

💵 Currencies

The official currency is Uruguayan peso [1 USD = 39.065 UYU].

🏧 Cash / Credit card usage

As credit cards are not widely used in Uruguay, we suggest you to carry cash during your travels [2017: %40.5908525]. Approximately there are a total of 🏧 8.9K ATM's in Uruguay.

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Tourism

In 2019, 3.5M tourists arrived to Uruguay. In 2019, tourism has contributed to Uruguay economy with a total of 2.1B $ income (%12.4).

📱 Bandwidth

Broadband is 🚀very fast with 156.75 Mbps.

Broadband (5.5 / 10)

☀️ Climate

Averag yearly temperature is 🌤️ 17 °C and warm. Current 3 months (July, August and September) average is 🌤️ 13 °C and warm. Current season (summer) is 🌤️ 12 °C and warm.
Yearly average17 °C 🌤️
3 month average13 °C 🌤️
Spring average18 °C 🌤️
Summer average12 °C 🌤️
Fall average17 °C 🌤️
Winter average23 °C ☀️
About seasons: Remember that seasons in Southern Hemisphere are opposite of the Northern one. This means that in Argentina and Australia, winter begins in June. Currently season averages are rendered according Northern Hemisphere.

📈 Economics

In 2023, gross national income (GNI) was 67B $ and with %3 increase GNI per capita was 20K $. In 2023, consumer inflation was calculated as %5.9.

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