Hold onto your hat as Uruguay takes you on one epic adventure.

Montevideo is an eclectic mix of colonial architecture, smoky asado joints and steamy milongas. Soak up world-class beaches in Punta del Este; experience the everyday life of gaucho culture, then sip mate surrounded by mountain scenery at an estancia homestay. Whether you’re strolling the streets of Colonia del Sacramento, getting into the buzz of a rodeo in Tacuarembo or eating your weight in steak at Mercado del Puerto. Uruguay sure knows how to take you along for the ride.

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Uruguay travel FAQs

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Check the Essential Trip Information section of the itinerary for more information.

It's customary to add 10% to restaurant bills (if this hasn’t already been included). Tipping elsewhere is optional, but leaving spare change at small cafes is a good idea as most Uruguayans typically earn little.

Travellers should be able to access the internet at cyber cafes and Wi-Fi hot spots in Uruguay's major cities and towns. Remote and rural areas will have less internet availability, so be prepared for this when travelling out of the city.

Mobile phone coverage is good in Uruguay’s cities, but may not be available in rural and remote areas. Ensure global roaming is activated with your service provider before leaving home.

Western-style, flushable toilets are the standard in Uruguay, although it’s a good idea to carry your own toilet paper and soap as these aren’t always provided.

Cup of coffee in a cafe = 40-60 UYU
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 40-60 UYU
Basic, takeaway lunch = 80-100 UYU
Dinner in an inexpensive restaurant = 180-220 UYU

Tap water is considered safe to drink unless otherwise marked but outside of major cities and towns boiled water is recommended. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water; ask your leader where filtered water can be found. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.

Major credit cards are accepted by most large shops and hotels. Smaller vendors may not accept credit cards, so carry enough cash to cover small purchases.

ATMs are commonly found in Uruguay's cities and urban areas. Remote regions will have less ATM availability, so prepare accordingly before travelling away from cities.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

  • 1 Jan: New Year’s Day
  • 6 Jan: Epiphany
  • 4 Mar: Carnival
  • 18 Apr: Maundy Thursday
  • 19 Apr: Good Friday
  • 19 Apr: Landing of the Patriots Day
  • 1 May: Labour Day
  • 18 May: Battle of Las Piedras
  • 19 Jun: Jose Gervasio Artigas’s Birthday
  • 18 Jul: Constitution Day
  • 25 Aug: National Independence Day
  • 2 Nov: All Soul’s Day
  • 25 Dec: Christmas

For a current list of public holidays in Uruguay go to: https://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/south-america/Uruguay/public-holidays/

 

No vaccines are required in order to enter Uruguay but some are recommended for protection against disease. Visit your doctor or travel clinic for advice and make sure to schedule vaccinations 4-6 weeks before your departure date, as some require time to become effective.

Uruguay is generally a welcoming destination for LGBTQI-travellers. Leading the way on LGBTQI rights for the region, Uruguay became the first Latin American country to recognize same-sex civil unions in 2008. Same-sex marriage was legalised in 2013 and the capital city, Montevideo, is consistently rated as one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world.

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting Equaldex or ILGA before you travel.

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Responsible travel in Uruguay

Top responsible travel tips for Uruguay

  1. Be considerate of Uruguay’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
  2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with tap or filtered water.
  3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
  4. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
  5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
  6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
  7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.