🌎Currency: Peso Uruguayo
🌎Zone: -3 GMT
🌎Phone Code: +593
🌎Best time to visit: Sept-Nov and Mar-Jun
🌎Must eat: Bife de Chorizo/ Dulce de leche
🌎Must drink: Yerba Mate
🌎Don't miss: A sun set from the Old City in Montevideo or Colonia
Getting there and transportation:
Uruguay has a temperate climate. This means you can expect a climate that is mild, with rainfall evenly distributed throughout the year. Temperatures rarely fall below freezing and range from 5 to 16 C degrees during winter from June to September. During summer (December to March) temperatures range from 22 to 35 C degrees.
Uruguay can also suffer from several natural weather hazards, for example floods and droughts. It also occasionally experiences the pamper, this is a cold and sometimes violent wind which blows north from the Argentine pampas.
The best time to visit Uruguay is generally during the Spring, (October to December) and the Autumn ( March to June) when temperatures are comfortable to do active tourism and explore the countryside. In the Summer, high season, December to February, it can get very hot. Its advisable to take cold drinks, sun protection and sunglasses. (Refer to each city information for further facts about the weather).
Uruguayans love to eat meat above anything else, the most common restaurants are Parrilladas (grill-rooms), where huge racks of beef sizzle over hot coals. Italian food is also popular, thanks to the many immigrants who came from Italy in the early 20th century, while seafood is excellent along the Atlantic coast.Specialities include: Bife de chorizo, a sirloin steak. Asado de tira, short ribs, and other barbecued meats, predominantly beef and lamb. Chivito, steak sandwich with accompaniments including cheese, lettuce, tomato, bacon, ham, olives and pickles. Morcilla, blood sausage served either dulce (sweet, made with orange peel and walnuts), or salada (salty). Dulce de leche boiled milk and caramel; typically spread on toast and used as the filling in Alfajores biscuits, which are very popular snack in Uruguay.
As for drinks, Uruguayans as well as Argentinians, drink plenty of Yerba mate, a bitter tea of a native herb that’s extremely popular with locals. They take it often in flasks into work, walking or at social gatherings. Other drinks also popular are Caña, a clear liquor made from sugarcane and Grappa, a grape based brandy with Italian origins. As for spirits, Uruguayans love their whisky and even make their own, which is called Dunbar. Uruguayan wines are of good quality, particularly reds of the tannat grape variety. Popular wine-based drinks include clericó (wine mixed with fruit juice) and medio y medio (half dry white wine and half sparkling wine).