A bit about uruguay
The country was founded in the year 1825, where it declared independence from the empire of brazil.
The first indigenous inhabitants of the country were the charrua people, a small seminomadic tribe of hunter-gatherers, who were largely eliminated in the 1500s by european colonizers.
The first wave arrived in 1512 from portugal, followed closely by the spanish, who entered the territory in 1516.
South america’s 2nd smallest country has a great deal to offer.
You have some great history in cities like colonia and you can even see great architecture in the capital of city of montevideo.
While argentina is known for having great steak, uruguay is actually the world’s highest consumer of beef.
Squeezed between argentina and brazil, its 660-kilometre-long coastline stretches alongside the atlantic ocean.
It has so much to offer, whether it’s surfing beaches, good wine, stunning scenery, delicious steaks and of course marijuana.
It was one of the first on the continent to allow gay marriages, legalise abortions in 2012 and established a welfare state in 1903.
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Uruguay is made up mostly of plains and low hills.
Uruguay’s coastal plain on the atlantic ocean is broken by shallow lagoons as well as a string of beaches.
The beaches found in uruguay are often considered some of the best in south america and each provides its own unique identity.
Climate in uruguay
The climate of uruguay remains uniformly temperate throughout the year due to the flat topography of the land.
Money tips for uruguay:
Try to pay for as much as you can on a credit/debit card.
This is because all restaurants, bars and some shops will automatically refund the iva tax to a foreign card (equivalent to vat), but there is no discount if you pay in cash, even if you look super-gringo.
Arrive by plane
Most passengers by plane arrive to the international airport of carrasco.
How to travel to uruguay
The daily ferries travel to colonio del sacramento, montevideo and punta del este.
It’s a short, comfortable trip and the ferries have food and drinks on board.
The main ferry companies are buquebus, seacat and colonia express.
Travel within uruguay:
While taxis are cheap and uber exists over here, we recommend bus travel if you can face it.
Local bus rides cost 33 pesos (around 85p) no matter how far you’re going, and although sometimes crowded they are easy enough to catch.
Not all towns have the route numbers written on bus stops (something that confuses even locals) but if you download the moovit bus app you can at least find where you need to be to catch the right bus in montevideo.
How to hire a car in Uruguay
All the major car companies have offices in montevideo, or you can do what we did and hire a car through punta car in colonia del sacramento, which is a short walk from the ferry terminal.
Most cars for rent will be manual (stick), but you can search around for an automatic.
Keep in mind that when driving in uruguay, you need to drive with your headlights on at all timesif you don’t want to drive, bus travel in uruguay is easy – there are bus connections between the cities and towns listed in this itinerary.
Ferry from Uruguay to Argentina
Note that some will require you to have printed your ticket, so check your hostel/hotel can do this.
It is possible to get a ferry to buenos aires from montevideo, but far cheaper to go from colonio de sacremento, a beautiful small town about 3 hours west of montevideo.
What to see?
How to plan your uruguay travel itinerary
Aside from a few off-the-beaten-path attractions in the north of the country, most travellers will only discover the southern coastal stretch and, as it is such a compact country to travel within, youre never more than two or three hours from your next destination.
We spent three weeks travelling the coast – from the colonial charms of colonia del sacramento eastward to the rugged landscapes of punta del diablo.
Uruguay wine tour
In this case, we booked a wine tour with free walking tour montevideo, and this post includes our candid review of our experience.
We selected free walking tour montevideo independently and based on our own research and travel needs.
We were not offered and did not receive compensation of any kind from them or any other party in exchange for our review.
Dance tango in uruguay
Especially if you are a beginner or intermediate tango dancer, the tango scene in montevideo is much friendlier than buenos aires.
It is frequented by a small group of mainly locals.
A uruguay rock and pop sampler
With a thriving rock and pop scene since the sixties, it’s definitely worth checking out some of the local artists while you’re here in montevideo.
Music & Dance:
Candombe, now a unesco-recognized world cultural heritage, is a music and dance style with african roots.
Can foreigners buy marijuana in uruguay?
There are no sales of cannabis to visitors to uruguay.
To be able to buy weed, you need to be uruguayan or a resident.
So no, uruguay is not the next amsterdam.
Where to stay?
Still working on Uruguay
What to eat?
Still working on Uruguay