Uruguay Local Customs

  • Me trying mate.
    Me trying mate.
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  • People drinking mate in the street.
    People drinking mate in the street.
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Uruguay Local Customs

  • Mate: A strong herbal tea

    Montevideo Local Customs

    Le mate est un incontournable en Uruguay, il fait partie de la vie de tous les jours. Il peut se boire seul, mais c'est surtout une boisson de partage. Drinking mate is normaly with friend, in a group, seldom alone. You take it on the street, at a concert, in your car, a great experience not to be missed.

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  • Street artists/art

    Montevideo Local Customs

    This man draws with smuts; he works at Mercado del Puerto, and his pieces are really good. Este hombre hace dibujos a la carbonilla; trabaja en el Mercado del Puerto, y sus obras son realmente buenas.

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  • Parillas

    Montevideo Local Customs

    One of the great things that Uruguay shares with its northern and southern neighbours Brazil and Argentina is the love of meat. The number of excellent steakhouses or parillas is infinite, and the meat that is served is second to none. Try the mercado del puerto for a large selection of places that serve grilled meat.

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  • share the life of the people outside...

    Spend a few days in a big estancia and know more about countryside, cows, horses, birds, "muleta".Share the meals with the owners.Sleep in an ABSOLUTE silence, enjoy the stars, thousands of them!

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  • Old cars

    Your car never seems to be to ugly or to old to drive in Uruguay. Models from the 1920s, '30s, '40s and '50s still can be seen on the roads, transporting families or farm goods to town.

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  • Late dining

    Do not expect to have dinner before 9pm, at the very earliest, if you are eating in a restaurant. Most places close at 3pm and do not open again until 9pm.I think that is why lunch is the main meal of the day. I know we would have a late lunch and then just a snack at the apartment later on in the evening. The Super Mercados are open for snack...

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  • eating Asado

    Asado is very popular in Uruguay, it's kind of like a barbeque with big cuts of (delicious) meat.My favourite: "asado de tira" (ribs)

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  • Candombe

    Candombe is the name of the important Afro-uruguayan heritage: It's a rhythm created when tambores (drums) are played together.I noticed that Candombe is extremely important to the little black population of Uruguay. It's the rhythm of their life. Someone told me that all Uruguayans are proud of their Afro-Uruguayan heritage. During Carnaval all...

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  • Soccer/Football

    I've heard there's a saying in South America: "Other countries have their history, Uruguay has it's futbol!" They won the 1st world cup in 1930, and it's the only country in the world who won a World Cup with a population of under 4 million inhabitants.I noticed all Uruguayans are soccer fans: every conversation I had, I was questioned: "de que...

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  • drinking Mate

    Uruguayans are no.1 mate drinkers in the world! Maté is an infusion of a weed named "yerba", like tea, and it's drinked in a special recipients made out of a dried, hollow "fruit" called mate. You sip it with a metal straw called the "bombilla".Uruguayans go everywhere with there maté and the Uruguayans I have met, drink it all day long! It's to be...

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  • tango and maté

    I was staying in Buenos Aires when I visited Uruguay and didn't know much about either countries yet. My trip to Uruguay was a short one, didn't know what to expect at all.In retrospect, Montevideo was like a quieter Buenos Aires (but then, I was there during Carnival, when the city was practically deserted by locals, who had all apparently gone to...

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  • Social clubs in small Uruguayan cities

    Private social dance clubs seem to be popular in Uruguay. I saw them in several cities but can only tell about the one that I was priveledged to visit in Trenta y Tres. It was called Social Club Bien Raices. This was not some sort of snobby place; a worker at the hotel I stayed in indicated that he had been a member but had to quit because the...

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  • When travelling in Uruguay,...

    When travelling in Uruguay, you will notice that many people drink 'mate', the national drink of Uruguay. Basically, it is like a strong tea. In traditional mate use, the cup (the mate) is often shared among close friends and family - using the same metal straw, or bombilla. Drinking mate is a sign of total acceptance and friendship. It also has...

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  • Parillas

    Another great thing that Uruguay shares with its northern and southern neighbours Brazil and Argentina is the love of meat. The number of excellent steakhouses or parillas is infinite, and the meat that is served is second to none. Try the mercado del puerto in Montevideo for a large selection of places that serve grilled meat.

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  • Gauchos

    in their national dress, proud and skillful people. their tradition counts back since the nations independence. the 'father' of Uruguay was himself a Gaucho..Jose Artigas, he fought for Uruguays Independence, after years of hart battles between the Portugues and Spanish. Uruguay gained freedom in 1828Gauchos know their value, have their own music...

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  • Only in Uruguay

    Uruguayan love politics... The country has a long democratic tradition, and on February 15th, 2005, a historical fact happened: the new Parliament (voted on October 31st, 2004) assumed (it is the fifth consecutive Parliament since the end of the last dictatorship (1973-1984), and the President of the Senate, and the President of the Chamber of...

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  • Tortas fritas cuando llueve

    An ancient tradition in Uruguay is eating tortas fritas (fried cakes), especially when it rains. A rainy day you enjoy the delicious smell that fills the air...The fried cakes are very easy to make, but you also can buy them everywhere (they are pretty cheap!) How to make tortas fritas:In a bowl, put 1/2 Kg of wheat flour; add melted grease enough,...

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  • Walk the dog!

    Like in some other cities, in Montevideo, you find professionals who walk the dogs everyday.How many pets in Montevideo? Good question! Mainly dogs, few cats, some birds. You find a veterinarian or a pet shop at every corner in Montevideo.

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  • the game of canasta is from montevideo

    The origin of CANASTA dates back to 1939. At the time, contract bridge had established itself as the card game of choice, especially among professional people. This held true in Montevideo, Uruguay where Segundo Sanchez was a member of the elite Jockey Club. The idea there was to play a relaxing game of cards and then have dinner with fellow...

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  • if you like candombe

    On Saturdays, from 6:00pm , fabulous , terrific!You are always welcome! Nice people!Curuguaty 1034Plaza carlos GardelBarrio SurMontevideo

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  • try the mate!

    Yerba Mate (literally, the "Mate Herb") gets its name from the traditional cup (called Mate as well) used to drink it. This cup, originally a dried and decorated gourd, can be made out of almost anything these days.cf : http://www.noborders.net/mate/health.htmland : http://www.candombe.com.uy/espanol/uruguay/tipicouruguayo/mate/index.htm

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  • Get your share on

    Regardless of you you bought ... You should share it with your friends from Uruguay. They'll do the same. Open your food see if anybody wants any, same with your beverage. Its really rude when you dont.

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  • Which Week?

    In Uruguay we have a special week: Semana Santa (the Holy Week or Easter Holidays). You can say: "Holy Week? A lot of countries have a Holy Week!" The special thing is that ours is a lay country, so when the State and the Church parted (early 20th century) the name of the week was changed (except for the Catholic people, of course) into "Semana de...

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  • Mate

    Mate is our national "drug"... It's an infusion made of "yerba mate" (dried and sliced leaves of a plant called Illex paraguayensis) and served in a pumpkin (also called "mate") with hot water; you must suck it with a "bombilla" (some kind of metallic pipe). People have mate in Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil, too, but Uruguay is the only country...

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  • a little spanish..

    a little spanish does go a long way and will make life easier..portugues is understood! actually it is quite good to speak or understand portugues, spanish in Uruguay is a little of both lingos! the country was a part of Brazil, till the Argentines just started a little war, but did not win,and Uruguay.got it's Independence from Brasil in...

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  • Gauchos

    Gauchos were the cowboys of the pampas of Argentine, Uruguay and Rio Grande do Sul state in Brazil. They were usually mestizos but sometimes white, black, or mulatto. Gaucho weapons were the lasso, knife, and bolas, a device made of leather cords and three iron balls or stones that was thrown at the legs of an animal to immobilize it. The costume...

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  • Visit national heroes

    Another site to see in Montevideo (I saw it in May 1999), is the Mausoleum of Artigas, a national hero.

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  • Visit a local market

    In my travels, I've often found that a market can be a bit of a slice of the culture. We saw this local market in Montevideo in May 1999.

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  • Uruguayan Spanish: They...

    Uruguayan Spanish: They pronounce 'y' and 'll' like 'sh' in english - this is the biggest difference that can make it impossible to understand if you don't expect it. Sometimes the 's' is removed from the end of syllables. They use the pronoun 'vos' often instead of 'tu', and it comes with its own conjugations. A good word to know is 'ta' which...

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  • Colonia is absolutely...

    Colonia is absolutely dependent on tourists from Buenos Aires, which has dramatically decreased since the collapse of the argentine peso. Coming in from Buenos aires you get the feeling that you are coming to a less sophisticated spot, which is normal. People even look a little different. Gentle, though

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  • Uruguay's flag

    The Uruguay's flag has the same colours as the Argentina's one, blue and white, with a yellow sun, but the disposition of the stripes and the sun is different.

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  • Uruguay has the highest...

    Uruguay has the highest literacy rate in South America. The people are also very crafty, I happened to pass by an arts and craft fair in the streets of Montevideo, and I saw this sign (Mucho humo y poca luz) which means 'Too much smoke and very little light', this stuck in my mind to this date. I think it has a wonderful meaning.

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