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Travel Guide for Uruguay

Here you will find travel information and insider tips about Uruguay that has been cooperatively contributed by other friendly Hospitality Club members. Please become active as well, and share your vast budget travel and backpacking knowledge with other members and the internet community - it is very easy to edit any information here (more info in the Help File). We hope that these Travel Guides will quickly become a great and fun resource. If you want to print this guide out to take with you, we have prepared this Printer Friendly Travel Guide for you. Enjoy!
For Introduction, Top Things to See and Do, Neighboring Countries, Who is coming?, Want more guests!, Hospitality Club Meetings and the geographic navigation please see the main Uruguay Page.

Basic Facts

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Official Country Name: Capital: Population:"3,000,000 people, 1,500,000 live in MONTEVIDEO,,,,,,,,,, Telephone Code:598 Time Zone:1 hour before new york,,,,,,,,, Area: sq km Language(s) SPANISH: Ethnic Groups:MOSTLY EUROPEAN DECENDENTS Highest Mountain: President/Head of State: Government: Currency: Exchange Rate: US$1=250 Health Risks:SOME Electricity: Weights & Measures: Country Name in other languages:URUGUAY DON'T FORGET TO VISIT THIS WONDERFUL COUNTRY,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, URUGUAY IS WOND ... more

Attractions and Things to See and Do

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there are lots of atractions, hotels only cost 30 dollars at the IBIS HOTEL AT THE BEACH,,,,,,,,,,,, THE ALL COUNTRY IS THERE TO BE DISCOVER, AND AND IF YOU HAVE MONEY THERE IS PUNTA DE L'ESTE CITY 140 KMS EAST OF MONTEVIDEO,,,,,,,,,,, A CITY THAT DOES NOT SLEEP WITH STORES OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY, money to burn, private jet abond there, AND YATCHS HAVE FUN,,,,,,,,,,


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Here you can find any address on the main cities of Uruguay.

Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

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Suggested Itineraries

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1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...


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Getting there and away, Getting around by Air, Train, Bus, Car, Motorcycle, Boat, Hitchhiking, Bicycle ...


From Argentina

By ferry:

Florida 520 1º piso of. 113
tel: (+5411) 4393 6100 / 4394 5520
Is the cheapest way. Buses a ... more


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If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest. Hostels Hotels Camping Other Options

ciudad vieja hostel
ituzaingó 1436 (ciudad vieja)
tel. (+5982) 9156192 / 9153683

red hostel
san josé 1406 (centro)
tel. (+5982) 9088514 / 9088516

hostel schirrmann munker
canelones 935 (centro)
tel. (+5982) ... more

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

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Restaurants, Supermarkets, Street Food, Local Specialties ...

La Ronda Café Ciudadela 1182 (Ciudad Vieja) It's a nice place near the "rambla" to have a drink, listen to good music and try the speciality of the house: "masticable".

Money and Costs

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The official currency is the Uruguayan Peso U$. The exchange rate in 2005 is approximately 1US$=25 Peso, 1€=33 Peso. The US Dollar is also acepted as legal tender. "Cambios" to change money can be found in every city.

Currency, Exchanging Money, Credit Cards, Tipping, Bargaining, Costs...

Visa and Documents and Embassies

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Who needs a visa? How to get it? Embassies & Consulates, of the country abroad and in the country NO VISA NEEDED FOR NORTH AMERCA RESIDENTS

Borders and Customs

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Post and Communications and Internet

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Questions and Answers or Forum

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Hospitality Club Meetings

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Activities and Sports

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The main sport in Uruguay is football. You can go to a football match at the Centenario Stadium built in 1930 for the first FIFA World Cup where Uruguay was the winner. It is listed by FIFA as one of the world's classic football venues along with Maracanã, Wembley Stadium, San Siro, and Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and declared in 1983 Historical Monument of the World Football. It has a capacity of 65.000 people. The origin of the name become from the celebration of the 100 years of the Co ... more

Nightlife and Entertainment

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Bars, Cafes, Discos, Cinemas...

La Ronda Café
Ciudadela 1182 (Ciudad Vieja)
This is my favorite. It's a nice place in front of the "rambla" and near Ciudad Vieja to have a drink, listen to good music and try the speciality of the house: "masticable".

Cheesecake Records
Ciudadela 1188 (Ciudad Vieja)
This is a mix-store that sells cd's, lp's, books, cheesecake, milkshakes, brownies, waffles and coffee and have a cabin where it ... more

Population and People

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Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

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Language and Useful Phrases

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The oficial language is spanish but many people speak english.

good morning/evening/night = buen día/buenas tardes/noches
goodbye = adiós/chau
thank you = gracias
sorry = disculpe
I (don't) understand = (no) entiendo
help! = socorro/auxilio!
how much is it? = cuánto cuesta?
where is ...? = dónde queda ...?
could you help me? = podría ayudarme?
at what time? = a qué hora?
do you speak english? = habla inglés?
I don't speak s ... more

Events and Holidays

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Festivals, Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays... Carnival
Thoroghout 40 days,spectacles brimming with color and merriment unfold in street parades and on stages. The warm February nights are the sepecial nights of Carnival. The groups that perform during this time represent different artistic generes, of with the best known and most characteristic are Candombe and Murga.
Carnival begins in late January with the opening parade alond 18 de Julio Avenue, Montevideo's main downt ... more

Climate and When to Go

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Environment and Flora and Fauna

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Dangers and Warnings

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Tourist Traps

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The first incursions. Hernandarias describes about his reconnoiter trip the land on the eastern side of the Río de la Plata in an official report for Philip III of Spain. In which he could not hide his fascination with the seductive landscape, envisioning a prosperous future in every corner of the country, ... "land in wich big quantities of cattle can be raised.. coasts where big ships can be loaded with all the animal hides and other fruits of the earth yielded in abundance..."
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Government and Politics

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GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...


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Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ... Music
Murga, A murga is a group of performers with a flamboyant presence and a unique bond with the hearts of Uruguyans. Murga expresses their everyday feelings and emotions. Although its origins can be traced to Spain, the composition of a Murga as we know it today is a local reinvention form the 20th century
Its composition is mixed; to the rhythm of the bass drum, snare drum and cymbals, men and wom ... more


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Volunteer Opportunities and Work

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Organized Tours

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What to Bring or Packing List

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Books and Further Reading

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Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
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External Links

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