Uruguay

The República Oriental del Uruguay is located in the Southern Cone of South America, bordering with Brazil on the north and northeast, Argentina to the west and the Rio de la Plata and the Atlantic Ocean to the south and southeast respectively. Uruguay is 176,215 km2 in area, witha population of 3.300.000. There is a high level of literacy reaching 97% of the population.

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Imagen: www.puntadeleste.com

Thanks to a mild climate, Uruguay’s main production is based on livestock and agriculture.The country is located in one of the most extensive regions in the world of cattle and sheep breeding, together with its large agricultural and livestock neighboring countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile.

The Uruguayan society is made up of several successive European migrations. It is an open society, with a democratic government elected by free elections every 5 years, promoting tolerance of religious and political ideologies as well as non-discrimination.

CLIMATE

The climate is temperate maritime and the temperatures are mild throughout the year.

Seasons Temperature
Summer (22nd December to 21st March) 20º a 30º C (68º a 86º F)
Autumn (21st March to 21st June) 16º a 22º C (60º a 72º F)
Winter (21st June to 22nd September) 5º a 15º C (41º a 59º F)
Spring (22nd September to 22nd December) 16º a 22º C (60º a 72º F)

GENERAL INFORMATION - PUNTA DEL ESTE

Punta del Este is one of the most famous and glamorous resorts in South America. It is located 130 km to the east of Montevideo (capital of Uruguay), at the meeting of the Rio de la Plata and the Atlantic Ocean. It is surrounded bybeaches called "Brava" and "Mansa". You can find elegant beach mansions, high rise condos and all kinds of restaurants: French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, fast food and grill (typical Uruguayan food).

In summer, it is popular among Argentines, Brazilians and Uruguayans, being the most upscale resort in southern South America. In winter, it is very often host to international congresses and conferences.

The city is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the natural and architectural beauties.

Punta del Este has 40 kilometers of beaches.

There are two islands close to the shore: Gorriti Island, with a forest of acacias, pine trees and eucaliptus and Sea Lions’ Island which is a nature preserve. Both can be visited throughout the year but excursions are always subject to weather and sea conditions.

Casa pueblo: Located in Punta Ballena it is one of the most emblematic constructions of the country. It is the work of famous Uruguayan artist Carlos PáezVilaró, every sunset becomes a mystical ceremony in this site.

Punta Ballena: Only a few kilometers away from Punta del Este, this peninsula is a natural viewpoint to enjoy a breathtaking view.

La Barra: 10 km away from the peninsulaconnected by the undulating bridges across the Arroyo Maldonado, this place has unique style and architecture as well as natural beauties.

How to get to Uruguay

You can arrive by air, by sea or by bus (from neighboring countries - Argentina and Brazil). There are two international airports, one in Montevideo (Carrasco International Airport) and another one in Punta del Este (Laguna del Sauce Airport).

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Most international airlines have direct flights or connections to Carrasco International Airport in Montevideo (22 km awayfrom downtown)and 120 kmfrom Punta del Este.

Airlines arriving at Carrasco International Airport:

Aerolíneas Argentinas
BQB Líneas Aéreas
Latam (Lan and Tam)
Taca/Avianca
Gol
Copa
American Airlines
Iberia
Air Europa
Air France

Regionalconnecting airports in case of non-direct flights are: Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile.

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Laguna del Sauce Airport is located 20 km away from Punta del Este’s downtown, for flights arriving from Buenos Aires and with less frequency.

There are two ports of arrival, one in Montevideo and another one in Colonia del Sacramento (west of Uruguay) to arrive by ferry from Buenos Aires.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

GOVERNMENT - Uruguay has arepublican and democratic Presidential system, divided in: Executive, Legislative and Judicial. Every five years the Uruguayanpopulation electsthe officials who will govern the country.

RELIGION - The Constitution of the Republic guarantees freedom of worship, there are several religions coexisting. However, the Catholic religion is the prevalent one among people in Uruguay.

EDUCATION – The formal education system of Uruguay is Secular, Free and Compulsory. Since 1877 this applies to primary education. A few years later Secondary Education was declared compulsory too and the public University is free. The secular official system does not prohibit religious education in private institutes. The literacy rate is over 94% in children over10 years old.

SECURITY - Uruguay is a safe country for visitors. However, we suggest taking the usual precautions in order to avoid unpleasant incidents.

LANGUAGE– The official language is Spanish, English is the second foreign language.

CURRENCY – The local currency is the Uruguayan Peso. Exchange houses are found easily and change any major currency (American Dollars, Euros or other). ATM machines are also spread out around the country.

ELECTRICITY – The electric power is 220 volts / 50 htz.