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Uruguay

A Florida-size nation of forests and pampas, Uruguay has contrived to avoid the boom-and-bust cycles of its neighbors so often that it has become known as the “Switzerland of South America.” Uruguay boomed during the 19th century as immigrants from Europe arrived to work in ...

A Florida-size nation of forests and pampas, Uruguay has contrived to avoid the boom-and-bust cycles of its neighbors so often that it has become known as the “Switzerland of South America.” Uruguay boomed during the 19th century as immigrants from Europe arrived to work in its meatpacking industry. With a vast, empty interior, plus a long coastline similar to the dune-edged shoreline of Cape Cod, the country is attracting major new international investment as a holiday destination.

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DIRECT DIAL CODES

To phone hotels in Uruguay, dial 011 (international access) + 598 (Uruguay code) + local numbers.

TIME

Three hours ahead of New York (EST).

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Passport. Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.

CURRENCY

Uruguayan peso (UYU). Fluctuating rate valued at UYU28.4 = US$1.00 as of April 2017. Note: Our suggested hotels quote rates in US$.

U.S. EMBASSY

Montevideo, Tel. 2-1770-2000.

CLIMATE

The rainy season generally runs from June to October, with December to April being the best time for a visit.

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