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Uruguay Flag Uruguay (Spanish: República Oriental del Uruguay) is a country on the Atlantic Coast of South America. It shares a land border with Brazil is separated by the estuary of Rio de la Plata from Argentina.

As of 2009, the population of the country was estimated as 3,494,382. The capital, largest city, and chief port of the country is Montevideo, which has a population in excess of 1.3 million.

Uruguay Country Details


Country Name Uruguay
Political Status Country
Geographic Location South America
Flag Uruguay Flag
Principal Language Spanish
Capital Montevideo


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Uruguay (Bradt Travel Guide)
By Tim Burford

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They won the first soccer World Cup and there's a lot of beef raised on the pampa. That's all most people know about Uruguay. Bradt's Uruguay remains the only dedicated English-language guide to a country that's small yet bursting with character showing that the adventurous tourist can uncover much more. It provides in-depth coverage of the capital Montevideo, where the colonial Old City is being restored. There's also detailed information on the coastal city of Colonia (which is on UNESCO's World Heritage List) as well as Punta del Este, where the Buenos Aires beautiful crowd flocks to the beaches each summer. There's advice, too, for active travellers who can rattle their whips on cattle-ranching estancias and spin their sticks in a game of polo or two and for nature enthusiasts keen to watch wildlife in the western wetlands and birds in Cabo Polonio and Santa Teresa. Plus, the book investigates the Brazilian influences behind Uruguay's music and dance, and the country's Afro-Uruguayan culture, most noticeable in Carnaval.

Guru'Guay Guide to Montevideo, The
By Karen A Higgs

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Guru Guay Guide to Montevideo, The
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The Guru’Guay Guide to Montevideo is the first REAL insider’s guide to Montevideo, capital of Uruguay, and still one of South America’s off-the-radar destinations. Up until now it's been virtually impossible to find a good guidebook on Uruguay. Why? Because they are written by people who fly in for a week and then leave. This guide is by a Spanish-speaking Brit, resident since 2000. While the guide focuses on Montevideo, it's indispensable for anyone visiting Uruguay.

Features in-depth information on:

LOGISTICS

  • flying into Uruguay, including a candid look at airlines to avoid
  • getting to (or from) Montevideo from Buenos Aires The fastest, cheapest and most leisurely routes
  • best time to visit and how long to stay Insights only a long-term resident can give
  • public holidays when Montevideo pretty much shuts down, so it's essential to know when they are and festivals you must not miss, like the mysterious Sea Goddess celebrations
  • best neighbourhoods to stay based on your personal preferences
  • architecturally-lovely accommodation Options for all pockets
  • personal safety Dispelling myths and tips specific to neighbourhoods
  • getting around on public transport like a local
  • driving and car rental The logic in seemingly erratic traffic patterns and driving habits
  • tipping demystified eg why you don't tip taxi drivers but do tip street parking attendants
  • money exchange including troubleshooting ATM withdrawals

THINGS TO DO

  • guided tours to wine, marijuana, soccer, carnival and more
  • great day trips, from UNESCO heritage site Colonia de Sacramento, to glitzy Punta del Este, to the Santa Lucia wetlands
  • architectural highlights in possibly the city with the biggest concentration of Art-deco after New York
  • art museums and underground art coops
  • beaches including which of the 10 is best for children, windsurf and boat rental, etc
  • shopping and buying original gifts Really. Ever heard of a guidebook that helps you with this thankless task?
  • shopping for wine-lovers Wow, right? Where to go to get expert advice and dah goods
  • why Carnival in Montevideo is so unique and where and when to track down the best (and worst) of carnival, even off-season
  • tango Here tango is something the locals do, it's not “for export”. One milonga, or dance salon, even takes place in a living room.
  • the best live music and live acts that Montevideo has to offer Tiny Uruguay has a huge share of highly talented musicians. Pay under 10 USD to see a world-class band in a tiny cafe.
  • gay Montevideo has a small but charming scene

FOOD & DRINK

  • what time the locals eat and how Uruguayans survive through to a 10pm dinnertime
  • street food
  • wine and craft beer from Uruguay are winning prizes internationally. The guide points you to which to try and why
  • restaurants for people desperate for gourmet and veggie options
  • restaurants for wine-lovers
  • historic cafes The most charming, and the grittiest

SOCIETY & CULTURE

  • history How did this tiny country get to be so progressive? Your burning questions answered.
  • the Uruguayan character, a chapter of entirely personal anecdotes that illustrate that Uruguayans (from presidents to petty thieves) are friendly and down-to-earth
  • expressions EVERYONE uses on the street and what they mean
  • films to watch, albums to listen to and books to read before you come
Fodor's Argentina: with the Wine Country, Uruguay & Chilean Patagonia (Full-color Travel Guide)
By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's Travel
Released: 2015-02-10
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Fodor s Argentina: with the Wine Country, Uruguay & Chilean Patagonia (Full-color Travel Guide)
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From the scenic Mendoza wineries in the foothills of the Andes, to the cultural riches of Buenos Aires, to the gorgeous glacial terrain of Patagonia, Argentina offers experiences for all types of travelers. Whether they plan to marvel at the spectacular waterfalls of Iguazu Falls or dance the tango in a swanky nightclub, Fodor's Argentina helps travelers take in the most memorable sights and experiences of this culturally and geographically rich country.
Uruguay (Bradt Travel Guide)
By Tim Burford

Bradt Travel Guides
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Uruguay (Bradt Travel Guide)
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This new, fully updated third edition of Bradt's Uruguay remains the only dedicated English-language guide to a country that's small yet bursting with character. Bradt’s Uruguay provides in-depth coverage of the capital Montevideo, where the once-derelict colonial Old City is undergoing a historic resurgence, plus detailed information on the UNESCO-listed coastal city of Colonia del Sacramento, as well as Punta del Este, where the Buenos Aires glitterati decamps to the beaches each summer. There's advice, too, for active travellers who can rattle their whips on cattle-ranching estancias and spin their sticks in a game of polo or two and for nature enthusiasts keen to watch wildlife in the western wetlands and birds in Cabo Polonio and Santa Teresa.

The guide also investigates the Brazilian influences behind Uruguay's music and dance, an active and upcoming food and wine scene, and the country's distinctive Afro-Uruguayan heritage, most noticeable during the world-beating 80-day
Carnaval season. In addition, it covers the recent development of marijuana tours following the legalization of marijuana.


For visitors from the US, Uruguay is easily accessible with a daily non-stop flight from Miami. It is an increasingly popular retirement destination thanks to its warm climate, reasonably low costs and stable democratic system.


Uruguay caters for all tastes, whether you want to ride with gauchos and spend time on a traditional estancia like La Sirena, visit Fray Bentos and discover the history of the town’s former meat-packing plant, or take a tour of the Canelones department wineries. Montevideo’s Splendid Art Deco architecture and colourful annual
Carnaval are covered, and so too are the stunning sandy beaches of boho-chic fishing village José Ignacio and the Termas de Daymán – Uruguay’s largest hot baths. Also included are San Javier, an ideal base for bird-watching trips along the Río Uruguay and details of hiking in Quebrada de los Cuervos National Park – a subtropical canyon filled with flowers and birds.


Most commonly known for winning the first soccer World Cup, electing the world’s so-called ‘poorest president’, and raising a whole lot of beef on the pampa, Uruguay remains among South America’s safest and most stable destinations, a destination replete with interest waiting to be discovered by both leisure and adventurous travelers.
Lonely Planet South America on a shoestring (Travel Guide)
By Lonely Planet, Sandra Bao, Gregor Clark, Brian Kluepfel & Carolyn McCarthy

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#1 best-selling guide to South America *

Lonely Planet South America on a Shoestring is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to skip, what hidden discoveries await you, and how to optimize your budget for an extended continental trip. Drift between river towns in the Amazon, shake it in Rio de Janeiro or hustle for traditional crafts in Ecuador all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of South America and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's South America on a Shoestring Travel Guide:

  • Color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Budget-oriented recommendations with honest reviews - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, lifestyle, arts, religion, outdoor activities, cuisine, sports, environment, politics
  • Over 170 maps
  • Covers Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet South America on a Shoestring is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled.

  • Looking for just a few of the destinations included in this guide? Check out Lonely Planet Argentina, Brazil or Chile & Easter Island, our most comprehensive guides that cover South America's top sights and offbeat experiences.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Regis St Louis, Sandra Bao, Celeste Brash, Gregor Clark, Alex Egerton, Brian Kluepfel, Tom Masters, Carolyn McCarthy, Kevin Raub, Paul Smith, Phillip Tang, Lucas Vidgen

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travelers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

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Montevideo in 3 Days: The Definitive Tourist Guide Book That Helps You Travel Smart and Save Time
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Montevideo in 3 Days: The Definitive Tourist Guide Book That Helps You Travel Smart and Save Time
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This Montevideo travel guide is a great introduction to one of the best off-the-radar vacation destinations. It is filled with information on the people and attractions of the town, especially valuable if you only have a few days to spend here. We have found the best hotels, restaurants, night spots, museums and other attractions in Montevideo, so you can plan a short stay that will still allow you to see and experience the most you possibly can in three days or so. Whether you enjoy museums, parks, beaches or night life, we have you covered. Choose a hotel close to your choice of vacation highlights, and spend the time you have here doing what you love the most. We will explain: • Uruguay currency • Flying into Montevideo • How to get around while you’re there • When you need to tip • Where to eat and drink and party • Where to stay • What sights to see • How to stay safe

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