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  • Uruguay prices

    Hi. What rafscab said is right (but you can get a beer for less money). I think he would be agree with me if I tell you that the Uruguayan west it's cheaper than east, and (personally) it's prettier.Regards! Coasts (any)

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  • José Artigas

    Just about everywhere in Uruguay you will see statues of Uruguay's greatest national hero José Artigas.He was the most important patriot leader in the wars of independence against Spain and is viewed as the father of Uruguayan independence. The most important square with Artigas' statue is Plaza Independencia in Montevideo. Here stands the imposing...

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  • Food

    I think Uruguay is the biggest beef consuming country in the world!The paradilla is standard here, and vegetables not considered that important... :(You should experience an asado, the meat is really good in Uruguay! Unfortunately I gained lots of pounds with it ....Pizza's are very popular too, and so are 'pancho's' - hotdogs.When going out for...

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  • Uruguayan Language

    The official language is Spanish. The way it's being spoken is almost like listining to a song, with lots of melody. The pronouncement I think is very "cute".There also are some common used words, wich are different than standard Spanish.I found a funny and handy website with these typical words & sentences:...

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  • Uruguay during spring (Oct-Dec)

    We were in Uruguay in December, during Spring.Uruguay during spring was : very windy, little chilly, but under the bright sun warm (15-23 C*)And I have an allergie for grass... This was horrible, I didn't thought about that ("Uruguay, grassland) when I was packing my bags!It's not the best country to be visting during spring with those allergies!So...

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  • Los uniformes escolares, lucian grandes...

    En Uruguay, (de esa epoca), me llamo la atención los uniformes escolares de la primaria, que lucian grandes corbatas tipo humitas. Montevideo es una ciudad muy bonita y tranquila, especialmente Punta del Este, que es un exclusivo balneario.

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  • Colonia: Barrio Histórico

    The Barrio Histórico is also known as "la colonia portuguese" (the Portuguese Colony.) It's a beautiful part of Colonia to spend a day, going in and out of colonial museums, walking down cobblestoned streets, enjoying a good meal in an old colonial house, going up the lighthouse (El Faro) for great views of the Barrio and of the Río de la Plata (it...

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  • Montevideo - Hommage to heros

    At Plaza Fabini, or Plaza del Entrevero, off Avenida 18 de Julio, there's a great bronze and granite sculpture of native Indians and gauchos on horses, fighting for the Eastern Shore. (Uruguay's official name is Repùblica Oriental del Uruguay.) The monument is called "El Entrevero" and is done in the style known as "naturalism", i.e., ignoring all...

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  • Montevideo - great old buildings

    The city was quiet, with everyone gone to the ocean for Carnival, but I liked it that way. I had a couple of sunny days, although my pics look dark, probably because the streets are so small and narrow (in Ciudad Vieja) that light hardly makes it through. Montevideo was a special place, very different from the bustle and stress of Buenos Aires, but...

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  • Beaches

    My favorite place in Uruguay is Punta del Este, specially in summer. Great beaches.If you go to Punta del Este, be sure you visit the Conrad hotel, it´s a luxury hotel by the beach.Eat "chivitos" an drink beer.. the "Pilsen" it´s very good.

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  • Uruguay's Countryside

    is quite divers and travelling trough Uruguay,is peaceful and very satisfying as well as realy safe.people chat and wanne know where you from, how you feel and obious taking care of your well being.Uruguay is a cosmopolitan society, migration played a big part, people from all over the european continent have settled here. I could not find any...

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  • English Literature

    I recommend an interesting book by W.H. Hudson called "The Purple Land". The book is about the protagnist's adventures and sojourns in 19th century Uruguay as an Anglo-Argentinean (like the author himself). It offers some insight into the history and culture of the place. I suggest this book for anyone Uruguay bound who needs to have something to...

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  • Center of Montevideo

    Montevideo is friendly on your feet, easy to walk, not a very big City...Tango and Football a great passion of this Citytry to get a ticket for on of the matches and you see a bit more of the fanatical side, Tango is the passion, some say the sad site of life none the less, very beautiful....Harbour Cities have a certain charm anyway

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  • History

    Here is what I wrote in my travel journal:"When I think of how I would describe Colonia, I can't help making a parrallel with Quebec city, only on a much smaller scale. Colonia was founded in 1680, and the Portuguese and Spanish fought over it during the 18th century (Spanish finally won it in 1777) and the historical buildings date from that...

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  • Architecture

    Here is another passage from my travel journal:"Some ruins remain. Some houses are made of stone and crumbling along the edges in a rather charming way. Some of the old buildings have been transformed into museums, restaurants and shops. The new buildings have adobe walls painted in pastel colours. "

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  • General info

    Uruguay is one hour ahead of Argentina.The exchange rates at the time of my visit (February 2005):$1 US = 26.2 Uruguayan Pesos$1 CDN = 21.5 Uruguayan PesosColonia was the cheapest of all the destinations I visited in Uruguay.

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  • Currency

    Don't worry, they accept Argentine pesos, Uruguay currency or U.S. dollars. When I was there the exchange was 24 Uruguay pesos to one U.S. dollar. I found it easier just to use my Argentine money than try to convert prices to U.S. Going all over the area on a motor scooter. It's very picturesque.

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  • a small country but charming...

    a small country but charming and quite secure to travel. Rio de la Plata, Punta del Este for the lazy travellers who like the beaches and watersports.Montevideo for it's site seeing and shopping and the the countryside for a relaxed and quiet rewinding beautiful sunsets and friendly atmosphere and freedom to travel.the Capital was once surrounded...

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  • Beautiful virgin beaches....

    You can' t miss the summer in Uruguay!Punta del Este and all the beaches of the department of Rocha are a MUST SEE!!! There is nothing more important when you are away from home than being around nice and friendly people....Living in Uruguay for one year was the most beautiful time of my life and I want to thank everybody I met there for being the...

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  • Tacuarembó: the hearth of the country

    Tacuarembó is the biggest departament of Uruguay, and it is situated just in the middle. A beautiful countryside, strange shape hills, fertile valleys, wandering streams, picturesque villages, an awesome ferns grotto... Tacuarembó is the home land of tango singer Carlos Gardel.Tacuarembó es el departamento más grande del Uruguay, y está situado...

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  • Rocha: where homeland sun is born

    Between you and me, Rocha is my favourite departament... situated at the East, by the Atlantic Ocean, the most beautiful and wild beaches are there... and there are lagoons, fishermen's towns, palm groves, golden dunes, wild life, no watches, no smog, no stress... Entre tú y yo, Rocha es mi departamento favorito... situado al Este, sobre el Océano...

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  • Canelones: the patchwork

    Canelones, other one of the 19 departaments, close to Montevideo, is a patchwork: farms, vineyards, little towns, beaches... it all depends which road you choose! Of course, its most popular place is its "Costa de Oro" ("Golden Coast"), where there are a lot of nice beaches: El Pinar, Atlántida, Parque del Plata, La Floresta, Costa Azul, Pinamar......

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  • Maldonado: hills and beaches

    Another of the 19 departaments, Maldonado is one of the most famous places outside the country, because here it is the most fancy, glamorous, beautiful spa in South America: Punta del Este. But Maldonado has an awesome coast, with beaches by Río de la Plata and beaches by Atlantic Ocean, among soft hills. If you like glamour, papparazzi,...

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  • Montevideo: a city with a view

    Montevideo is one of the 19 Uruguayan departamentes; the city also called Montevideo is the capital and main city of Uruguay; anyway, it is not a big city (only 1:500.000 inhabitants) and it still has a "small town taste"; the people, still have a time for a cup of coffe (or a mate) and a chat. It is situated by Río de la Plata ("a river as wide as...

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  • Colonia: a turbulent past and a quiet...

    Colonia is other one of the 19 departaments of Uruguay; it is situated just in the "corner" where River Uruguay meets Río de la Plata. A nice landscape, historical towns (like beautiful Colonia del Sacramento, ancient town where bloody fights had place), calm beaches, cozy villages (like the Swiss colonies), make Colonia a "must see"destination....

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  • Estancía

    Spending a whole day at an estancía (cattle ranch) a few kilometres west of Montevideo, enjoying the outstanding hospitality and friendliness of the owners (Horacio and Olga Artagaveytia and family) and their employees.

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  • Getting there...

    When I travelled to South America, I looked at flying into Montevideo. It was cheaper, though, to fly into Buenos Aires. I spent most of my time in Argentina and Bolivia, but since Uruguay is only a short boat ride from BA, I did take a quick trip there. If you're going to spend time there, don't overlook the fact that it might cost you less to fly...

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  • City tour of Montevideo

    Take a city tour of Montevideo - in 1999, we did this and saw several sites, including thisnice view of the city.

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  • Interesting old buildings, Montevideo

    Check out the interesting old buildings in the country, or at least in Montevideo. We saw this Palacio Salvo in downtown Montevideo in May 1999.

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  • En la Avenida Gorlero hay...

    En la Avenida Gorlero hay muchisimos restaurantes y lugares de ocio, como por ejemplo locales de juegos infantiles para chicos, etc.En Punta del Este está el Casino del Conrad, ahi se puede ir para probar suerte.Las playas son amplias y muy limpias.

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  • Relax....This is not your...

    Relax....This is not your typical S. American country. The people are very friendly. They speak spanish with an accent like the Argentinians do. The one place you must go to is the beach. Punt de leste (not sure if I spelled that correctly) has the nicest beaches and bodies in the country. The view of the city and beach from a small mountain...

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  • Their traditional food is...

    Their traditional food is Carne, BBQ, and they dont eat lots of vegitables, so be prepare for it. if you are vegitalian it would be difficult to survive there. I cant choose....Clubs are so much fun, people are good at dancing, Salsa, Merenge..etc...and they are so sweet. + beaches and river are awesome too, you must go there and kick back.

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  • See Carnaval. (In the month of...

    See Carnaval. (In the month of February) There are two major parades: Desfile de Carnaval and Desfile de las llamadas, about a week apart. The first goes along 18 de Julio, with alot of drums, dancers, and murgas (a murga is a type of musical comedy group that wears costumes and face paint). The second parade goes through the Barrio Sur (southern...

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  • Take a road trip. Outside of...

    Take a road trip. Outside of Montevideo, Drive to Punta del Este, but don't spend the night! Too expensive. But go there and look at all the rich Argentinians. Also, Drive to Colonia del Sacramento -- a pretty historical town. Go to the Beach. The beaches of Montevideo were dirty when I went there, but sometime's they're better. You can divide the...

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  • Drink Mate. Mate is a type of...

    Drink Mate. Mate is a type of tea. Actually, Mate means gourd; the tea is drunken in small gourds. One fills up the mate with the yerba, the ground tea leaves, then pours hot water over it. You suck out the tea with a bombilla, a metal straw, then you pour more hot water over it, and so on. All you need to buy is the mate, the bombilla, the yerba,...

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  • See Montevideo. The Old Town...

    See Montevideo. The Old Town (Ciudad Vieja) of Montevideo isn't very interesting, and it’s a been neglected. But do walk around it, it’s not very big. The centerpoint is the Plaza Matriz, with the beautiful Iglesia Matriz. From there wander around, heading generally North. You’ll pass some nice architecture and some scary-looking streets, but with...

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  • See a soccer game. Go to the...

    See a soccer game. Go to the Estadio Centenario, and just walk up to one of the entrances and buy a ticket. On the side of the stadium are the more expensive tickets. At the end, near the goals, are the cheaper tickets, with rowdy people throwing fireworks and fighting with police.

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  • Best Hotel: Hotel Beltran year...

    Best Hotel: Hotel Beltran year 1873Best restaurant: Meson de la plaza. The most impressive sight in Colonia is the reflection of sunlight through multitudes of leaves, various shadows on the colourful buildings and the immense river Plata.

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  • DON'T MISS TO VISIT PUNTA DEL...

    DON'T MISS TO VISIT PUNTA DEL ESTE WITH ITS SPECIAL CASA PUEBLA OF THE PAINTER CARLOS PAEZ VILAROAND THE FAMOUS FINGERS OF THE TOWN..ALSO MONTEVIDEO AND ALL THE NORTHEAST COAST HAVE ITS CHARME AS WELL AS THE SILENT PROVINCE TOWN OF PAYSANDU AND THE HOT SPRINGS OF DAYMAN A GREAT 3 HOURS EXCURSION THROUGH PUNTA DEL ESTE VISITING CASA PUEBLA, A HUGE...

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  • You must see 'La Ciudad Vieja'...

    You must see 'La Ciudad Vieja' (Old Montevideo), where many refugees (coming from rural areas or Uruguay) live in 'conventillos'. Those are old houses, some built in the Spanish colonial style, converted into multifamily flats. The government has an urban redeveloppment plan consisting in displacing people from this area to new ones, that's why you...

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  • Visit Punta del Este and the...

    Visit Punta del Este and the other beachs: Piriapolis,La Paloma, etc.Punta del Este is fine in summer, but I always like togo to it, also in winter. It is more expensive than Montevideo, but is a pretty place. There are two popular beaches: La Brava and La Mansa. They' re full of people in summer, and there are other large beaches going to way to...

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  • You have to be in Punta del...

    You have to be in Punta del Este,Uruguay. Specially at spring time if you like calm or summmer time if you are looking for fun.You have very beautifull beaches, spectacular houses, and very beautifull landscapes. You can rent a car and go to Jose Ignacio, La Barra, Casapueblo en Solanas to see a very particular architecture in the hotel of by Paez...

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  • Manos del Uruguay

    Visit the shops of Manos del Uruguay. For several decades Uruguay has been a source of richly colored hand knits, created by a hand knitting co-operative called Manos del Uruguay (Hands of Uruguay). The wool is treated according to rural traditional methods and then used to make rugs and tapestries, sweaters, shawls, scarves etc.

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  • Uruguay it is an amazing...

    Uruguay it is an amazing country, with really nice a tasty food, I have to say that I was really impress with the meat, red meat basically, but the asados( barbecues) are really yummy, chorizos(uruguayan sausage)and morcilla(black sausage)In the other hand if you going to Uruguay, Montevideo you need to visit El Mercado del Puerto (Dock Market)...

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  • I have my fondest memory of...

    I have my fondest memory of this country, because of little things. When I was going to Uruguay from Buenos Aires, I was waiting for the 'Aliscafo', I dont know in English, what you call this boat. It goes over the water in some sort of skies. Some guy approach me and a girl that was sitting next to me and waiting for the ship, we started talking,...

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