Located on the Atlantic Ocean, between Argentina and Brazil, Uruguay is an up-and-coming South American travel destination. Known for its relatively high quality of living, peace, security and less corruption than in other Latin American countries, it is a more attractive destination for tourists. Whether you want to get a feel for the culture in the city, relax by the ocean, go wildlife watching or check out the countless hot springs, you have many places to explore.
Important travel advice for Uruguay
All Canadian travellers are required to have a valid Canadian passport to travel to Uruguay. Tourists and business travellers do not require a visa for trips of up to 90 days. Student visas are required and can be obtained once you arrive, but you will need to show proof of enrolment from your academic institution.
Even though Uruguay is regarded as one of the safer countries in South and Central America, crime is still a risk, especially in the capital city of Montevideo, even in high-traffic areas.
The official language is Spanish, and the currency is the Uruguayan peso (UYU). You can convert US dollars on arrival, and credit cards are accepted at hotels and restaurants. There is a $25 USD departure tax, which may or may not be included in the price of your airline ticket.
The best time of the year to visit is between October and March; however, January and February tend to be the busiest time for tourism.
Top tourist destinations in Uruguay
Due to its proximity to the popular tourist countries Brazil and Argentina, many travellers make the trip to Uruguay as part of a larger tour of South America. With ferries to Buenos Aires, it’s easy to make the trip to the Argentine capital and make it a day trip. Uruguay’s most popular beach resort town, Punta del Este, is a huge attraction for tourists. Outside the capital city of Montevideo, many tourists also visit Colonia del Sacramento, Salto and Maldonado. Regardless of which city you find yourself in, you will have the chance to celebrate Carnival with the locals if you are there in January or February. If you want to spend lots of time on the beach, consider Punta del Diablo, Fortaleza de Santa Teresa and Cabo Polonio.
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