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Facts Uruguay:

 

Capital - Montevideo

 

Currency - Uruguayan Peso (URP)

 

Official Language - Spanish. English is most often selected as a second language, especially in the business sectors.

 

Religion - Three quarters of the population of Uruguay are Roman Catholics. The rest either do not identify with any particular religion, or are Protestant or Jewish.

 

Electricity - 220V/50Hz (European Plug)

 

Business Hours - Usually, stores and private businesses are open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Stores also open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Tipping - In restaurants, it's customary to tip about 10% of the bill. Taxi drivers do not require tips, although you may round off the fare for convenience.

 

Time Zone (GMT minus 3)

 

Passports - US Citizens do not require a Visa for stays shorter than 3 months. U.S. Passport, must be valid 6 months beyond intended stay.

 

Emergencies - Within Montevideo, the emergency number to contact the police, fire department, rescue squad, or ambulance service is 911. In the rest of the country, dial 02-911 to connect with the Montevideo central emergency authority, which will then contact the local emergency service.

 

Water - Bottle water suggested.

 

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About Uruguay:

 

Very European in nature, the Republica Oriental del Uruguay is the second smallest country in South America, located in the southeastern coast between Brazil and Argentina.

 

Montevideo standard of living compares to that of Western Europe mainly due to its strong Italian Heritage. It is a peaceful stable country, both politically and economically.

 

The majority of the country consists of wind-blown prairie, or Gaucho Land (Cowboy Country). Sit back and relax at any one of the estancias, where you can horseback ride and enjoy a sumptuos parrillada (BBQ) in this untamed terrain.

 

If you rather shelve the cowboy boots, slip on your flip-flops and head to the Uruguayan stretch of South Atlantic Ocean coastline. The most popular resort is Punta del Este, but there are plenty of other worthy beaches a\long the coast.

 

The Rio Uruguay makes up part of the border with Argentina and provides easy ferry access to Buenos Aires, especially from the lovely Colonia del Sacramento. This last, a typical day tour option.

 

 

 

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