Uruguay

Uruguay is a wedged between Brazil and Argentina and is the smallest country in South America, but should not be overlooked. Uruguay offers the opportunity to experience the local, everyday culture.
Whether it’s taking in the historical sights of Colonia del Sacremento – one of the oldest towns in Uruguay, enjoying cosmopolitan montevideo, or partying in Punte de Este, Uruguay offers something for everyone.

When to Visit

Winter temperatures tend to be quite cold at night but reach the mid-teens during the day. Summer temperatures are usually in the mid to high 20’s. Casual clothing is recommended, with a jacket for winter is acceptable.

Highlights

1. Punta del Este is known as the “St Tropez” of Uruguay for its miles of pristine beaches, famed nightlife and its upscale resorts; and certainly during the summer months it is one of Latin America’s most glamorous vacation spots.

2. A delightfully low-key, hospitable place, modern Uruguay enjoys a high standard of living but draws fewer tourists than neighbouring Brazil and Argentina. Visitors here can melt into the background and experience local life.

Montevideo’s colonial centre, Ciudad Vieja, has many fine colonial buildings, and is the point of interest for most visitors. The city stretches for many miles along the coast as most locals favour suburban living.

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Useful Information

Visas

Official travel advice regarding visas is available by calling 04 439 8000 or visiting their website www.safetravel.govt.nz

Health

Travel health depends largely on pre-departure preparations, day to day attention to health and the handling of health problems that do arise. Travellers are exposed to different environmental factors, foods and sanitation standards, but following a doctor’s advice and using common sense will minimise risks. It is recommend that you seek medical advice at least six weeks prior to travel. As vaccination requirements change regularly we recommend that you contact your doctor for the most up to date information.

Electricity

The voltage is 220v – 50 cycles. A travel adaptor is recommended.

Communications

Country Dialling Code: 00598 The local telephone service which is operated by the Government is good. Roaming agreements exist with some international mobile phone operators. Visitors should check with their service provider before travelling. Coverage is good in urban areas and patchy elsewhere.

Shopping

Uruguay is a good place to purchase leather & woollen products – prices are lower than in Argentina. Special purchases include suede jackets, amethyst jewellery and paintings. The Tristan Narvaja Market is famous for its antiques and there are many antique shops in the Old Town.

Tipping

Tips to local guides, drivers, and restaurant and hotel staff are not included in your tour cost. Tipping is a way of life in Latin America and if you are provided with a service satisfactorily you should leave a tip. It is customary for visitors to pay gratuities to local guides, drivers, hotel staff, waiters etc. We suggest the following tips on a per person basis (costs are given as an indication only):
Transfer airport/hotel US$ 2.00
Guide half day tour US$ 5.00
Guide full day tour US$10.00
Driver half day tour US$ 2.00
Driver full day tour US$ 5.00
Table waiter 10% of bill
Porter US$ 0.50 per bag per movement

Language

Spanish is the local language and a phrase book can prove invaluable. English is generally spoken in hotels and larger shops. Outside of tourist destinations you may find little English spoken. All Adventure World guides speak English.
Some Helpful Words & Phrases in Latin American Spanish
Hello/Hi Hola (Oh-lah) How are you?
Como esta My name is ---.
Me IIamo ---. (meh yah-moh --- )
Please Por favor
Thank you Gracis
es Si
No No
Good-bye Adios
Where is the toilet? Donde esta el bano?
Do you speak English? Habla usted ingles?
 

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