Practical information Uruguay


Official name: Oriental Republic of Uruguay

Area: 187,000 km²

Population: 3,500,000 hab.

Capital: Montevideo (1,400,000 pop.)

People: European descent 88%, 8% Mestizo, 4% African


Port of Montevideo


Language: Spanish

Religion: Roman Catholic 66%, 2% Protestant, 2% Jewish

Government: Democratic presidential republic

GDP: 28.400 billion

GDP per capita: $ 8,600 Annual growth: 3%

Major industries: Food processing, textiles and chemicals, wool and leather, electrical machinery, transportation equipment, petroleum products and tourism


Mujica president of Uruguay

Major trading partners: Brazil, Argentina, USA and European Union

Health risks: There are no particular risks, but you should consider vaccination against hepatitis

Time Zone: GMT-4 GMT-5 in summer

Electricity: 220V, 50 Hz

Weights and measures: Metric


Uruguayan t shirt and Map of Uruguay in South America

In Uruguay, inflation is offset by currency devaluations, as dollar prices do not vary substantially. The costs, especially housing and transport, are slightly lower than in Argentina. Travelers on a tight budget can survive with $ 50 a day, but if they require more amenities, they should expect to spend 100 dollars per day. In the currency exchange offices located in Montevideo, Colonia and the most important beach resorts is possible to change dollars in cash and travelers checks (checks with a slightly lower commission).

In the interior of Uruguay it is usual to change the currency in bank offices. The hotels, restaurants and most luxurious shops accept credit cards, but the ATMs but do not support European or American credit cards. The black market does not exist. In restaurants it is common to give a gratuity of 10 percent of the account, although not mandatory, may be appropriate to round up the price of a taxi fare.


Currency of Uruguay