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Insider Tips for Travelling to Uruguay


Insider Tips for Travelling to Uruguay

Take the stress out of planning, and make your travels in Uruguay more enjoyable with these handy travel tips. The insider information you need for an unforgettable vacation in Uruguay!


Travelling to Uruguay from Argentina


- The easiest way to get to Uruguay from Buenos Aires is by ferry. You can purchase tickets on the websites of the three companies that service this route, Buquebus, Colonia Express and Seacat Colonia, or at the port.

- If you are travelling on a long weekend, you will need to book your tickets in advance.

- Note that foreigners must pay in US dollars or by credit card if they are booking from Argentina.

- Pay attention to your passport details when booking your tickets. You need to enter passenger names exactly as they appear on your passport as this information is recorded for immigration.

- If you are prone to seasickness, it is a good idea to purchase over-the-counter medication to counteract this. The crossing is usually easy, particularly if you are taking a larger vessel, but the water can occasionally be rough, especially in winter.

The ports in Colonia and Montevideo are both centrally located in the city. A transfer service from the port in Colonia is not necessary unless you have a lot of luggage. It is a short walk from the port to the historical centre. In Montevideo, you may want to book a transfer or a taxi, unless your boat company includes a transfer to the hotel. Many people take the option of a boat to Colonia, and continuing on to Montevideo by bus.

For more details, read our guide on how to get to Montevideo from Buenos Aires.



Travelling by car in Uruguay


- Renting a car in Uruguay is a popular way of getting around as the country is small and easy to navigate.

- If you plan on renting a car, remember that even though the roads are fairly quiet, you still have to respect the traffic rules. The police traffic controls are strict and often appear in the most unexpected places. If you do not want to leave the country with unexpected expenses, always keep to the speed limit and obey traffic signals.

- By law, you should drive with dimmed headlights during the day, regardless of the season and weather conditions.

- It is illegal to drive on the beach with a vehicle, and there are heavy penalties for those who do.

- Uruguay is a peaceful and safe country, but it is still a country with economic problems. Therefore, take some precautions. If someone other than the traffic cops try to stop you on the road, don’t stop. Keep driving until you reach a busy location. Don’t leave your belongings lying in sight inside the car, and always lock the doors.


Enjoying Uruguay's Beaches


- During the month of January, a high number of people of people flock to the beaches, so don’t be surprised if you head to Montevideo and find the city itself empty.

- From December to the first week of March is high season for tourists, mostly from Argentina. Accommodation is quickly booked up. Be aware that you will have to book in advance if you want to travel to the coast of Uruguay during this time. Many places will have a minimum night stay, and that prices will be at a premium.

- The beaches of Uruguay are not as warm as Brazil but pleasant during summer. The temperatures drop significantly in winter. The water can get very choppy and it is recommended that you swim only in places with lifeguards present.

- Always take a light jacket with you in the evenings, even in summer, as cool winds tend to pick up at the end of the day.

- Take caution that there is a hole in the ozone layer above Uruguay. It is important to always wear sunscreen as the sun is very intense.


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