It’s different from the rest of Latin America – safer, less social problems, more government transparency, press freedom, and all those things we only hear about in European and North American countries.
The official language is Spanish, and it’s somewhat very alike to the Argentinian Spanish.
It’s not an overpopulated country – about 18,6/km² (or 48.2/sq mi).
Even though it’s a small place, the landscape changes a lot between one city and the other there.
Traveling around by bus is safe and reliable, and also a bit expensive. We ended up not going to Punta del Este because the costs would be too high for us. Even renting a car would be prohibitive, so we had to drop it. Trust me, buses are way safer and the drivers are a lot friendlier than the taxi drivers.
The summers there are hot and glorious. The winters are cold and rainy. Summers are high season and they are really expensive – for everything.
The Uruguayan carnival is the longest in the world, lasting incredible 40 days.
We spent 4 weeks there, divided between Montevideo and Colonia del Sacramento. Colonia is a Unesco World Heritage Site and is a must visit, but the place that won our hearts is Montevideo. One of our favorite cities in the world!
Below are our posts about Uruguay:
Montevideo is one of our favorite cities in the whole world: it’s stunning, it’s peaceful, it’s calm, it’s big, it has delicious food, incredible people, beaches, Rio de La Plata, and it’s just flat out amazing. It’s one of the places where I want to go for a longer stay someday. It’s definitely worth it!
Colonia del Sacramento
Colonia del Sacramento is a gorgeous town with Portuguese architecture – a Unesco World Heritage Site and it certainly deserves it. It’s also very touristy, but still has the Uruguay magic: amazing!
The whole country of Uruguay
Uruguay is just one of the greatest countries in the world. Very expensive during summer, yes, but it certainly is worth the price – it’s glorious!
- Hello Uruguay
- Bye Uruguay
- Tips for visiting Uruguay with kids
- How to enjoy Carnival in Uruguay with kids
- The food in Uruguay
From the kids
The kids had a love and hate affair with Uruguay, but it should be like this anywhere, right? Click on to see the country from their point of view!
And to finish it, our usual table…
- Minimun Stay
- $ ~ $$$
- Best local transport option
- Do we recommend it?
- A week!
- $$ during winter and $$$ during summer
- Highly child friendly!
- Bus and walk!
- Very safe
I hope this guide is useful to you, I loved making it and reliving our days in Uruguay. What an incredible little country that is! It should certainly be included in every traveler’s itinerary!
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