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Factsheet - Uruguay

General Information about Uruguay

Capital city: Montevideo (population 1.3 million)
Area: 176,200 sq km
Population: 3.4 million
Language: Spanish
Currency: Peso Uruguayo (UYU)
Time zone: GMT -3
Dialing code: +598
Daylight savings begins: Sunday, October 5, 2008
Daylight savings ends: Sunday, March 8, 2009
Electricity: Type C (European 2-pin), Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth),
Type I (Australian/New Zealand & Chinese/Argentine 2/3-pin), Type L (Italian 3-pin)

Intrepid Information on Uruguay

Times to go:
Most travellers visit Uruguay for its beaches. The summer months between January and March can be uncomfortably hot in the low-lying areas. Hilly regions are cooler. Even in the winter months, it never gets too cold, and temperatures rarely fall below freezing. Rainfall is minimal throughout the year. It's probably not worth the effort to pack an umbrella.

Food & drink:

Expect to pay around US$10 for a meal.
A tip of around 10% is customary if service charge is not added.

Must try:
Puchero (beef and vegetables, bacon, beans and sausage)
Morcilla dulce (sweet black sausage made from blood, orange peel and walnuts)
Media lunas mixtas (cheese and ham croissant)
Chaja (ball of sponge cake filled with jam and cream)

Uruguayan wines are good quality.
Medio y medio is a popular mixture of white wine and champagne.
Clerico is a local drink similar to sangria.
Yerba mate is an Argentinian tea popular in Uruguay.
The legal drinking age is 18.


Uruguay was the first country in South America to ban smoking in enclosed public spaces.
Smoking is banned in cinemas, theatres and public transport.