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URUGUAY

In Uruguay spend the day parasailing, windsurfing, waterskiing, sport fishing or lounging on Punta del Este’s long sandy beaches, then party with the rich and famous at PAs South America’s smallest Spanish-speaking country, Uruguay is often overlooked by tourists visiting the region. However, with its vibrant nightlife and stunning coastline Uruguay is well worth discovering.

Punta’s glitzy casino and chic nightclubs. Get lost in a sea of street vendors at Montevideo’s Tristán Narvaja market, just east of downtown. Every Sunday several city blocks are filled with stalls selling everything from antiques to jewellery to live birds.

Soak in the many hot springs near Salto: including the remote and tranquil Termas de Arapey.

Climb into the beautiful hills around Minas, visiting the source of Uruguay’s popular Salus mineral water or basking in the rural tranquility of Villa Serrana; a tiny hilltop village.

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VISA REQUIREMENTS

All travellers will need a passport valid for at least 90 days following your departure date from Uruguay. However, we strongly recommend traveling with 6 months validity on your passport at all times. Most destinations, including Uruguay, require that you have adequate un-used pages in your passport, allowing for any necessary stamps upon arrival and departure. We recommend that you have at least two free pages in Visas section of your passport before any international travel. Connecting flights overseas form part of your journey to Uruguay? It may be the case that countries you pass through en route to your destination may require a separate transit visa.

Visa Cost: N/A

Compulsory Vaccinations Required: None, however Hepatitis A&B, Tetanus and Polio are recommended.

Please note: Visa and vaccination information is correct at time of publish and are subject to change

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

Sporting & Cultural

Cultural – The best time to visit Uruguay is between December and March, when the temperatures are rather mild, and the rainfall is also quite low. April – June and October – November are good times to visit the country as well

Sport – Best time to travel for Football (soccer) is February to December while the best time of year to travel for Rugby is  February to May.

We recommend travelling during December – March. January is the peak period for tourist resorts, and also the hottest month. December and March are the best months to visit.

AREAS TO VISIT AND THEIR MAIN ATTRACTIONS

MONTEVIDEO

The city was founded by the Spanish in the early eighteenth century, with settlers from across South American and Europe emigrating here over the centuries. The evidence of this culturally diverse population is most noticeable in its eclectic architecture. Montevideo has stunning beaches, museums and theatres.

PUNTA DEL ESTE

Punta del Este is the country’s most prestigious resort city. This city of summering combines activities for all styles. Miles of wonderful coasts and clear waters, houses with magnificent gardens and incredible sunsets.

CIUDAD VIEJA (OLD TOWN)

The Colonial Heart of Montevideo, the Old City is full of art galleries, antique shops, auction houses, enchanting book stores, quaint bars, historic cafes and most of the capital’s best restaurants.

TRISTAN NARVAJA STREET MARKET

Looking for a panama hat? Or a new pair of laces? Or a gerbil? Come to the Tristán Narvaja flea market on a Sunday morning and you can buy any of these things – and much more.

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