Gap Years, Backpacking & Travelling in Uruguay

Uruguay is the second smallest country in South America and boasts beautiful beaches and a spectacular coast. This destination is no longer a hidden away destination, more and more tourists are visiting every year and it is easy to see why. There is a laid back culture, beautiful nature, wildlife, tasty local cuisine and lots of activities like surfing.


Uruguay Travel Ideas, Gap Year Programs & Experiences

Get inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to go travelling, backpacking or take a gap year in Uruguay.

Uruguay Travel Guide

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Get information, advice and inspiration for visiting Uruguay:

  • Capital - Montevideo (1,320,000 approx)
  • Currency - Uruguayan peso (UYU)
  • Population - 3,387,000 (approx)
  • Language - Spanish + Portuñol + Brasilero
  • International Dailing Code +598
  • Country Area - 176,000 km2


Weather & Best Time to Visit

Uruguay has a warm climate all year round, it very rarely gets extremely hot in summer or cold in winter. This is a year round destination, there is no best time to visit.

  • Summer: December to March
  • Winter: June to September
  • Spring: September to December
  • Autumn: March to June


Entry & Visa

If you are an EU citizen you will only need a valid passport to enter Uruguay on arrival you will just need to complete a tourist card and you can stay up to 90 days.


Top Reasons to Visit Uruguay

  • Very cheap for international tourists
  • A lot safer than nearby countries like Brazil
  • Amazing beaches
  • Exotic wildlife


Best Places to Visit in Uruguay

  • Montevideo
  • Casapueblo
  • Laguna Garzon
  • Cabo Polonia
  • Punta del Este
  • Colonia del Sacramento
  • Carmelo
  • Rocha


Uruguay Travel Tips

Uruguay is a an excellent destination in terms of accommodation, eating out and sightseeing. Your biggest cost will be getting there, flights to Montevideo are not cheap due to the remote location of the country.


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