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  • Uruguay is a country in South America
  • It has a South Atlantic Ocean coastline and lies between Argentina to the west and Brazil to the north
  • It is the second-smallest country in South America
  • The name Uruguay means river of the colorful birds
  • The country has a mostly low-lying landscape
  • Cerro Catedral, the country’s highest point, is 514 m high
  • Spanish is spoken everywhere
  • Outside Montevideo and Punta del Este there are few English speakers
  • You will find English spoken in most tourist spots and some restaurants will probably have English-speaking staff


  • Civilian rule in Uruguay was not restored until 1985
  • Uruguay’s political and labor conditions are among the most free on the continent
  • In 2004, a leftist coalition won elections which left them in control of both houses of congress, the presidency, and most city and regional governments

Avg. Costs

Uruguay Beach

  • Breakfast for 4 people can cost as little as 58 pesos (US$3) in a supermarket
  • 1 box(1 litro) of Tropical Fruit Juice – 35 pesos
  • 2 packages (5 ounce each) of coconut biscuits – 28 pesos
  • Three-course dinner in restaurant – 400 pesos
  • Fast-food meal – 150 pesos
  • Cup of coffee in bar/café – 40 pesos
  • Beer in bar – 90 pesos
  • City centre bus fare (3km./1.86miles) – 15 pesos
  • Car hire (up to 1800cc) daily –  850 pesos
  • Fitness club annual fee –  5000 pesos
  • Web cafe (30 mins.) –  20 pesos
  • Private doctor GP (30 mins) – 800 pesos
  • Beer (local, can) – 20 pesos
  • Beer (imported, can) – 38 pesos
  • Table wine – 43 pesos
  • Fine wine – 128 pesos
  • Scotch whiskey – 479 pesos
  • Cigarettes (20 pack, imported) – 48 pesos
  • Taxis in Uruguay are safe and fairly affordable, costing about $2 USD per km.


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  • Although Uruguay is a very safe and friendly destination, it is always advisable for foreign tourists to exercise basic precautionary measures just as they would at home.


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  • The climate is Subtropical
  • Due to the absence of nearby mountains, which act as weather barriers, all locations are particularly vulnerable to rapid changes from weather fronts
  • Since Uruguay’s major attraction is its beaches, most visitors come in summer
  • Between late April and November, strong winds sometimes combine with rain and cool temperatures (July’s average temperature is a chilly 11°C)
  • Along the Río Uruguay in summer, temperatures can be smothering hot, but the interior hill country is slightly cooler (January’s average maximum is between 21°C and 26°C)

Places to See

Lighthouse in Jose Ignacio


  • Visit Carlos Paéz Vilaró’s extravagantly whimsical art studio, Casapueblo, a nine-story whitewashed masterpiece cascading down the cliffs of Punta Ballena, near Punta del Este.

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Colonia Del Sacramento

  • A city in southwestern Uruguay, by the Río de la Plata
  • It is the oldest town in Uruguay
  • It has a population of around 22,000
  • It is renowned for its historic quarter, a World Heritage Site

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  • Travel through the Colonia countryside and spend a day exploring the beautiful city of Montevideo. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city at the ‘cerro’ and admire its elegant squares and beautiful buildings of eclectic architecture.

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Teatro Solis

  • Opened in 1856, this once-prominent music theater hosted world-renowned conductors, composers and performers until 1930, and now features occasional cultural events.




Catedral Matriz

  • Notable for its domed bell towers, this 1804 cathedral is the burial place for some of the country’s most important figures.




Ciudad Vieja

  • This “Old City” by the harbor retains remnants of the past, like iron gates and colonial street lamps, and, with antique shops, museums and cafes, it’s a great place for browsing.

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Palacio Taranco

  • This impressive 20th-century building was designed by French architects and now houses a decorative arts museum with Uruguayan furniture, clocks, paintings and more.

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Communication Etiquette:
• Men will shake hands when greeting one another and maintain direct eye contact
– Firm handshake is a sign of honesty and strength
– After a relationship develops light touching on the elbow is common
– Women at first meeting will shake hands
– Men and women will shake hands upon first greeting
– Long time acquaintances kiss on the cheeks
• Uruguayans tend to stand fairly close to one another during conversation
– It is rude to back away while someone is speaking
– During conversation there is a good amount of touching between all genders
– More the case with friends

Business Etiquette:
• Always schedule up to a month in advance
– Small talk will be the way to establish a relationship
– Allow host to start the business discussion
– You may be kept waiting
– Longer for seniority
• During Negotiation avoid hard selling
– They respond better to soft selling tactics
– Saving face is important in Uruguay
– Final decisions are made from the top down
– Try and have them present at the meeting
• They really appreciate people who dress well
– Men – Dress conservative with dark colored suits with light colored shirts
– Women – Either business suits or dresses that are elegant and conservative
– Good quality accessories
• Titles are very important in Uruguay
– Address people directly with only their professional title
– If no professional title then their proper title and surname
• Have one side of your business card translated into Spanish

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