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How much does it cost to travel to Uruguay?

You should plan to spend around $80 ($U3,102) per day on your vacation in Uruguay. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $24 ($U918) on meals
  • $23 ($U879) on local transportation
  • $72 ($U2,770) on hotels

A one week trip to Uruguay for two people costs, on average, $1,125 ($U43,421) . This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Travel Style: All Budget (Cheap) Mid-Range Luxury (High-End)
  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day $ 80 $U 3,102
  • One Week Per person $ 563 $U 21,711
  • 2 Weeks Per person $ 1,125 $U 43,421
  • One Month Per person $ 2,411 $U 93,046
  • One Week For a couple $ 1,125 $U 43,421
  • 2 Weeks For a couple $ 2,251 $U 86,843
  • One Month For a couple $ 4,823 $U 186,092

How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Uruguay cost?

A one week trip to Uruguay usually costs around $563 ($U21,711) for one person and $1,125 ($U43,421) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Uruguay on average costs around $1,125 ($U43,421) for one person and $2,251 ($U86,843) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Uruguay will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Uruguay on average costs around $2,411 ($U93,046) for one person and $4,823 ($U186,092) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Organized tours are usually more expensive than independent travel, but offer convenience and peace of mind that your trip has been planned by a travel expert.

The average price for an organized tour package in Uruguay is $241 per day. While every tour varies by total price, length, number of destinations, and quality, this is the daily average price based on our analysis of available guided tours.

  • Uruguay: Montevideo, Colonia del sacramento & Carmelo - 7 days 7 Days - 3 Destinations $ 989
  • 3-Day Montevideo Tour from Buenos Aires 3 Days - 2 Destinations $ 863

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Uruguay is a reasonably affordable destination to visit. It is in the top 25% of countries in the world for its affordability . If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within South America, Uruguay is somewhat more expensive compared to the other countries. It is in the top 25% of countries in South America for its travel costs. While a few countries in the region are more expensive, Uruguay is more expensive than most.

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Accommodation Budget in Uruguay

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Uruguay is $36 ($U1,385). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Uruguay is $72 ($U2,770). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation 1 Hotel or hostel for one person $ 36 $U 1,385
  • Accommodation 1 Typical double-occupancy room $ 72 $U 2,770

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Actual Hotel Prices The average hotel room price in Uruguay based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $85. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Local Transportation Budget in Uruguay

The cost of a taxi ride in Uruguay is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $23 ($U879) per person, per day, on local transportation in Uruguay.

  • Local Transportation 1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc. $ 23 $U 879

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  • TRANSFER FROM OR TO THE AIRPORT (4 to 12 paxs) Viator $ 80
  • 1 - way - Transfer from Carrasco Interational Airport to Montevideo Viator $ 51

Food Budget in Uruguay

While meal prices in Uruguay can vary, the average cost of food in Uruguay is $24 ($U918) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Uruguay should cost around $9.52 ($U367) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Uruguay is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food 2 Meals for one day $ 24 $U 918


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  • The best Montevideo Dinner Show. Tango and Candombe. El Milongon. Viator $ 85

Entertainment Budget in Uruguay

Entertainment and activities in Uruguay typically cost an average of $16 ($U604) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment 1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc. $ 16 $U 604

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  • Best Tailor made Montevideo Private Tour in Electric SUV! Viator $ 120
  • Punta del Este Classic City Tour with Sunset in Casapueblo Viator $ 30

Alcohol Budget in Uruguay

The average person spends about $9.16 ($U354) on alcoholic beverages in Uruguay per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol 2 Drinks for one day $ 9.16 $U 354
  • Half Day Tour at Pizzorno Winery with Lunch and Wine Tasting Viator $ 120
  • Wine Tasting Viator $ 42

Water Budget in Uruguay

On average, people spend $1.32 ($U51) on bottled water in Uruguay per day. The public water in Uruguay is considered safe to drink.

  • Water 2 Bottled water for one day $ 1.32 $U 51

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Wedged like a grape between Brazil’s gargantuan thumb and Argentina’s long forefinger, Uruguay has always been something of an underdog. Yet after two centuries living in the shadow of its neighbors, South America’s smallest country is finally getting a little well-deserved recognition. Progressive, stable, safe and culturally sophisticated, Uruguay offers visitors opportunities to experience everyday ‘not made for tourists’ moments, whether caught in a cow-and-gaucho (cowboy) traffic jam on a dirt road to nowhere or strolling with maté-toting locals along Montevideo’s beachfront.

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Teatro Solís

Just off Plaza Independencia, elegant Teatro Solís is Montevideo’s premier performance space. First opened in 1856, and completely renovated during the…

A display of vintage tools at the museum of the Marfrig plant in Fray Bentos, Uruguay, May 8, 2009. The plant, part of the Brazilian Marfrig group, is the last link of a chain which began in 1862 when German Georg Giebert founded the Liebig's Extract of Meat Company to produce corned beef and extract of meat. In 1924 the plant was acquired by British investors and became the "Frigorifico Anglo". During both world wars the plant supplied the allied armies with countless cans of corned beef and nowadays the plant employs 125 people and exports 10 pounds (4,5 kg) corned beef cans --up to a total of 500 tons a month-- to the United Kingdom. AFP PHOTO/Miguel ROJO (Photo credit should read MIGUEL ROJO/AFP/Getty Images)

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La Mano en la Arena

Punta’s most famous landmark is this monster-sized sculpted hand protruding from the sands of Playa Brava. Constructed in iron and cement by Chilean…

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Mercado del Puerto

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Museo del Gaucho

Housed in the ornate Palacio Heber, this museum eloquently conveys the deep attachments between the gauchos, their animals and the land. Its superb…

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On the east side of the Plaza Independencia, the 26-story structure with the crazy beehive hairdo is Palacio Salvo, the continent's tallest building when…

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Uruguay is full of notable places to explore, many with significant historical value to the region and the world. Some of the most popular landmarks in Uruguay are Plaza Independencia, Piriapolis Beach, Jose Ignacio Beach, and Casa Pueblo, among many more.

What is the best airport to land at to visit Plaza Independencia?

The closest airport to Plaza Independencia is Montevideo Airport, which is located in Montevideo. If you plan on visiting or staying in this area, landing at Montevideo Airport will be your best bet.

What is the cheapest flight to Uruguay?

The cheapest flights to Uruguay recently found by momondo users are $33 with Azul, $145 with Aerolineas Argentinas, and $147 with JetSMART.

What is the most popular airport in Uruguay to fly to?

The most popular airport in Uruguay to fly to is Montevideo Carrasco, based on our data. In the past 12 months, 98% of all momondo users who traveled to Uruguay chose to fly into Montevideo Carrasco airport, which is located in the city of Montevideo.

How much are flights to Uruguay?

The cost to fly to Uruguay varies based on a variety of factors, but you can expect to find prices as low as $192 or as high as $802. Based on recent airfare data, we’ve found that a ticket to Uruguay for $192 or less is a good deal, whereas $337 is the average cost.

What is the best day of the week to fly to Uruguay?

Consider booking a flight to Uruguay on a Monday, which is the cheapest day of the week. You will also find that flying out on a Sunday is another low-cost option. Try to avoid booking your flight to Uruguay on Saturday, which tends to be the most expensive day of the week.

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How old do you have to be to fly to Uruguay?

The minimum age a child must be to fly alone is five but airlines that offer an unaccompanied minor (UNMR) service will have their own age restrictions, including rules around flight length, timings, and stopovers. We always recommend checking with the individual airline you are booking with to travel to Uruguay.

What documentation or ID do you need to fly to Uruguay?

The necessary travel and health documents for your Uruguay trip may vary depending on your travel plans and individual circumstances. Generally, you should have various documents, such as a national ID card or driver's license and a passport that is valid for six months beyond your scheduled arrival date. We recommend seeking advice from your airline or a trusted third party, such as IATA.

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The country in South America where the official language is Spanish and the currency Uruguayan peso (UYU), this is Uruguay.

The country is full of beautiful places and natural areas to go to. The most attractive city is Montevideo with all its historical parts.

There are other interesting cities like Salto and many others where you can travel during your visit to Uruguay.

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During your trip around Uruguay, you can try Asado, Capeletis a la Caruso, Arroz con Leche, Chivito, Tortas Fritas and many other local delicacies.

Uruguay accepts Uruguayan peso (UYU). Therefore, we recommend you exchange money before your trip for the best rates.

Uruguay has a population of 3.52 million people.

Argentina, Brazil, and Río de la Plata border with Uruguay.

Uruguay has a humid subtropical climate. When packing for your trip to Uruguay, check if you have all the essentials such as your passport, flight tickets, a camera to save your travel memories, chargers or power banks.

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11 Things I Wish I Knew Before Visiting Uruguay

U ruguay is a captivating destination that too often gets passed over for the nearby tourist magnets of Argentina and Brazil , whose own residents know full well what their neighbor has to offer. But with its miles of coastline, inland cowboy culture, and laid-back vibe, this friendly country of about 3.5 million citizens deserves a spot on every travel bucket list. When planning your Uruguayan getaway, though, here are a few things you should keep in mind:

1. It costs a pretty peso.

Uruguay is surprisingly expensive, especially going by the backpacking standard that attracts so many budget travelers to South America. A chivito sandwich in Montevideo costs about the same as a pulled pork sandwich in Memphis, and you won’t find hotels charging hostel prices like elsewhere on the continent. Considering that a chivito is a juicy slab of steak topped with ham, a fried egg, lettuce, and tomato, all on a toasted roll, it’s worth it. Just be prepared to spend a little extra.

2. Surf towns become ghost towns in the off season.

It’s impossible to go to Uruguay without meeting a surfer or two (or several hundred). Most rave about beach towns like La Pedrera and Punta del Diablo but fail to mention just how desolate these surf spots get between April and November. This may appeal to die-hard wave chasers who want the swells all to themselves, but it isn’t ideal if you expect to see signs of life on land. Bohemian beach towns like José Ignacio are also closed for business until the first of December; you might find only one restaurant open in November. Luckily, anyone else who’s around will be dining there also.

3. Dinner starts no sooner than 9:00 PM.

I made the mistake of going for dinner around 8:00 PM when I first arrived in Montevideo. Safe to say that throughout our meal my travel companion and I were the only ones at the popular restaurant our concierge recommended until just before we paid the bill. Our waitress explained that locals drink tea around 7:00 PM, pushing dinner as far back as 11:00 PM. Of course, it’s also customary to stay out until well into the next morning, so get ready for some long nights.

4. Buenos Aires is a short ferry ride away.

It takes about an hour to get to Buenos Aires from the cobblestoned center of UNESCO World Heritage site Colonia del Sacramento on the Buquebus ferry. That said, you can also depart from Montevideo or Punta del Este, though those journeys are closer to two and five hours, respectively. No matter the route, it’s way too easy to get to Argentina from Uruguay to pass up the opportunity.

5. The beaches are beautiful, but the water is cold.

Most of the beaches in Uruguay sit on the southern Atlantic Ocean, which is not known for its balmy waters. Others are situated on the Rio de la Plata, which is famous for being the widest river in the world but certainly not the most swimmable. Both are great for refreshing dips on hot days, but you’ll definitely want to wear a wetsuit if you plan on surfing or spending any substantial amount of time in the water.

6. You can get a mean burn after only a few minutes of sun exposure.

You’ll learn this the hard way should you opt to go sans sunscreen, even for only a few blocks. Given the South Pole’s thinning ozone layer, any sun time at all justifies a slathering of at least SPF 50, unless you prefer the backs of your legs lobster-red. Always, always wear your sunscreen.

7. Bus travel is cheap, convenient, and comfortable.

Buses are hands down the best way to get between cities in Uruguay. Long-distance bus operators like COT come equipped with wifi, air conditioning, and reasonably clean bathrooms. For the most part, buses even arrive on schedule.

8. But taxis can be a huge rip-off.

Whether you’re being overcharged or given questionable change, taxis are not always the most cost-effective way of getting around in Uruguay. They’re perfectly fine for quick trips around town but should be avoided at all costs for longer travel. Uber provides reliable service within the city of Montevideo.

9. English isn’t as widely spoken as advertised.

While planning my trip, I was assured by every website I visited that my lack of Spanish would not be a problem in Uruguay. Unsurprisingly, the internet lied. Sure, plenty of people speak English, but those people don’t necessarily work in hospitality. It’s always important to attempt the local language, but learning a little Spanish is a necessity in Uruguay.

10. Restaurants cater almost exclusively to carnivores.

Beef represents four out of the five food groups in Uruguay. Pork represents the fifth. Enjoying smokey asado or spicy choripan is one of the best ways to get to know the country, which doesn’t go particularly easy on vegetarians. If you don’t eat meat, you’ll probably survive mainly on sides, or seafood if your diet allows. Faina bread, made with chickpea flour, is another filling alternative.

11. Uruguay is more than its coast. Go north and stay overnight on an estancia.

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The Perfect Uruguay Road Trip: Places to Visit Along the Coast

Posted on Last updated: March 17, 2022

After checking off some awesome places to visit in Uruguay on an Uruguay road trip , I now consider this country one of the best to have an absolutely epic coastal road trip. Many of Uruguay’s main cities and points of interest lie along its coast, which begins along the largest river in the world, the Rio de La Plata.

Uruguay’s coast stretches all the way from its border with Argentina to the Atlantic Ocean, finishing at its border with Brazil. I’m sure there are lots of beautiful little farming towns to see in the middle of the country, but this Uruguay road trip will focus on the long stretch of coast between Montevideo and Punta del Diablo .

There are 17 amazing road trip stops, including Punta del Este, and recommendations on where would be good to spend a night or two. You can also start in Colonia del Sacramento if you want, for a complete schedule of beautiful places to visit in Uruguay.

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But first, here are a few practical things before you plan your trip to Uruguay – and make sure to check this road trip packing list before you go!

Getting to Uruguay:

Uruguay is accessible via a few international airports, and also by ferry from Buenos Aires.

Ferry:  To get here, I took the easily accessible Colonia Express ferry to Colonia del Sacramento from  Buenos Aires.  The fastest ferry is to Colonia del Sacramento, but there’s at least one connection to Montevideo and Punta del Este each day.

Fly:  You can fly into Montevideo or Punta del Este from many international airports. The cheapest flights are from Brazil and Argentina, but there are sometimes flash sales from as far as Europe.

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What to Know Before Your Uruguay Road Trip

If you’d like to start in Colonia del Sacramento, check my Uruguay Itinerary for things to do there and in Montevideo. This route will start in Montevideo and go through all the places to visit in Uruguay along the coast to Punta del Diablo.

Before you begin driving, you’ll want to know a few tips for driving in Uruguay.  This post is important to read a few things I learned on my road trip that you will definitely want to know as well.

To make the most of your Uruguay road trip, I recommend taking the coastal routes as much as possible. These Uruguay road trip stops are listed in order, but it’s up to you to decide how much time you would like to see it all.

I recommend a few days in Montevideo, a few in Punta del Este, and maybe a few in Punta del Diablo too. One week is perfect, but you can do it in 3 days if you need. Remember to check my Uruguay Travel Guide and my Punta del Este Guide for more specific recommendations for each city and for accommodation.

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Uruguay Road Trip Stop 1: Montevideo

You should obviously stay for a few days in the country’s capital, learning about its history and exploring lots of sights. Check my Uruguay Itinerary for more on what to do in Montevideo in three days!

Montevideo is full of beautiful coastlines, little pedestrian streets, and busy markets serving up the best Uuguayan fare (and LOTS of amazing meats). There are stunning beaches here where you could spend days relaxing in the sun. It’s a great place to rent a bike, take a walking tour, and check out the bar scene too.

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Uruguay Road Trip Stop 2: Dunes and Beaches Just Outside the City

After you get on the road, if you’re like me, you’ll be a bit giddy at the sight of the sand dunes and miles of pristine beaches. I pulled off the road at some sand dunes just to take in the amazing view and sea breeze.

I’m sure that all the beaches just outside Montevideo are perfect to spend a day on the sand, but it depends how much time you have!

Uruguay Road Trip Stop 3: El Aguila (The Eagle)

The first turnout before Atlantida is the way to El Aguila, a beautiful eagle sculpture with a dolphin’s body, that actually used to be the artist’s home (see photo below). It was made by an Italian artist who was infatuated with the Uruguayan coast, and retired to his eccentric self-built home on the hill.

You can see sweeping beach views in both directions as you admire the house/sculpture, which is situated up a set of stairs from the sand.

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Uruguay Road Trip Stop 4: Atlantida + Sun Sculpture/Beach

Atlantida has a beautiful Rambla along the water, with more sea-view parks where locals hang out and share mate with their friends.

You’ll find some more sea sculptures, trails going down to the sand, and a few restaurants and coffee shops in town.

Uruguay Road Trip Stop 5: Castillo de Piria Castle

After driving along the coast past Atlantida and enjoying the view of a creek, you’ll have to get back on the highway for a little while (make sure you have cash for tolls – have you read my tips for driving in Uruguay ?)

After a while driving through farmland, it’s once again time to turn back to the coast. Once you get on the 37 highway from the main one to head back to the beach, it’s hard to miss Castillo de Piria on your left. Its definitely one of the most unique places to visit in Uruguay!

This Castle was actually made to be the living quarters of a Uruguayan businessman named Fransicso Piria. He is famous for taking a trip to Europe and coming home with the inspiration to create the next town on this Uruguay road trip itinerary, Piriapolis, and to encourage tourism of the beautiful Uruguayan coast.

Inside the castle, you can find plants from all over the country and from Europe, different artifacts and possessions of Piria, incredible architecture from different historical periods, and also a winery.

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Uruguay Road Trip Stop 7: Piriápolis

Piriapolis is a gorgeous little beach town with a lovely beach overlooked by a few hills clad with expensive homes. It was originally created as a spa city, and is very geared toward tourism with hotels, casinos, and booming nightlife in the summer.

Sculptures and gardens line the beach boardwalk, surely making it a great place for a picnic lunch, a beach day, or to explore through town.

Uruguay Road Trip Stop 8: Cerro San Antonio

This is one of the best views in the country in my opinion! After turning off the coastal road just past Piriapolis, you will wind your way in circles up the hill until you reach a final parking lot.

This hill (Cerro) has over 180 degrees of ocean views, as it is on a little peninsula. You get a wonderful view of Piriápolis and down the Uruguayan coast, out to sea (or out across the Rio de La Plata as they say), over the rest of the point (Punta Colorado), and even all the way up to Punta del Este. The view is truly spectacular and the sunset angle is absolutely perfect. There are sculptures to admire and also restaurants and kiosks to grab refreshments and snacks.

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Uruguay Road Trip Stop 9: Casapueblo

This is definitely one of my very favorite places to visit in Uruguay and a must-see on your Uruguay road trip. Casaapueblo is a massive hotel (Club Hotel Casapueblo – you can stay there too!) and museum constructed all in a unique white undersea-style, by famous artist Vilaró.

You can actually stay here, or you can pay about 50 pesos (about $2) to go into the museum, check out Vilaró’s other art, and have a look around this fascinating property.

It’s best to go for sunset, where legend has it that they sometimes even read Vilaró’s poetry as the sun goes down. You can also hike down the hill next to Casapueblo for even more sweeping views of the building and the sea.

Uruguay Road Trip Stop 10: Punta del Este

Punta del Este is much more than just a road trip stop, as it’s one of the most popular places to visit in Uruguay. I recommend staying at least a few nights in Punta del Este and checking out the beautiful pinensula, the nightlife, the surf, and shopping, and harbor, and the beautiful sunsets.

For more information on things to do in Punta del Este  and where to stay, click the image below for my guide!

Things to Do in Punta del Este Uruguay: Guide and self-guided walking tour

The rest of these Uruguay road trip stops can be completed in a jam-packed day, or you can take your time checking out different places to visit in Uruguay along the coast. The best places to stay the night if you want are Cabo Polonia, La Pedrera, and Punta del Diablo.

Uruguay Road Trip Stop 11: Puente de La Barra

This bridge is a fun quick first stop out of Punta del Este. I’ve never seen anything like it – it’s actually in the form of two wavelike hills that feel like a rollercoaster as you drive over it.

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Uruguay Road Trip Stop 12: La Barra

La Barra is a super trendy area just outside Punta del Este (just across the Puente de la Barra) with hip outdoor bars and restaurants. This is actually where a lot of the most famous nightlife in Punta del Este actually takes place.

To put this area in perspective, as I was driving by I saw a super modern trendy building with an outdoor patio and thought to myself, ‘Woooah, that’s a cool bar!’ Then I re-read the sign and saw that it was a real estate office. It’s THAT kind of place.

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Uruguay Road Trip Stop 13: José Ignacio

This is a tiny and affluent beach town which would also be an amazing and more remote place to stay in a nice vacation rental.

Modern, boxy houses face the vast expanse of beach and ocean, with sweeping glass windows and visibly minimalistic design. Thin and sand-swept streets separate beautiful homes, and you can find some stylish cafes and restaurants bordering the central square and also near the sea.

Uruguay Road Trip Stop 14: La Paloma/La Pedrera

La Paloma is (surprise) another cute little beach town. This one is quieter, with a few shops in town if you need to stock up, and a beach with old boats on the sand. There’s also a lighthouse that is visible from La Pedrera or La Paloma.

La Pedrera is a bit more lively, with beach houses scattered over the oceanfront hill that are totally #goals. It’s situated on a point looking out over two vast expanses of sandy beach. There are also some beach/surf hotels here.

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Driving acros the beach to Cabo Polonio in a 4×4

Uruguay Road Trip Stop Stop 15: Cabo Polonio National Park

You’ll need to time this one right, because as a vast sandy national park, you can’t actually drive into Cabo Polonio. You’ll have to park at the entrance and wait for a massive safari 4×4 vehicle to pick you up and make the 30 min drive into this fascinating national park.

After you make your way through deep, sandy tire tracks through a forest, you’ll make it to the beach and speed along the water until you make it to this tiny sand-dune community on the point. Cabo Polonio is awesome to walk around – check out the beaches, hiking trails, and people selling things on the road. You’ll also have to make sure you time your bus ride back, though!

Uruguay Road Trip Stop 16: Aguas Dulces

This is another cute and colorful beach town with seafood stands, miles of beaches, and even a nude beach called ‘La Sirena!’ It’s got the relaxed Uruguayan beach vibe and is as charming as can be on a warm summer day.

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Uruguay Road Trip Stop 17: Punta del Diablo

What is a quiet beachside community in the winter turns into a party-central in the summer! Punta Del Diablo is yet another beachside community with sand-swept roads, but this one has a higher concentration of waterside bars, restaurants, and clubs that come alive in the summertime.

There’s a strip of venues right along the beach if you want to get amongst it all, but there are also lots of beach boardwalks, removed hotels and Airbnb’s , hostels and hotels for travelers of all budgets, and miles of beaches if you want to get away from it all and relax.

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Uruguay is an amazing place to visit, although it’s not very well known. It’s always exciting to visit unheard of places, because it feels like more of an adventure, but it can be daunting if you don’t have a lot of information to help with planning your trip. Check out our insider tips so that you’re better prepared for your journey into the great unknown.

The currency in Uruguay is the Uruguayan peso. There are plenty of currency exchange locations throughout Montevideo and the big cities, but you should convert your money before going to a smaller town, just in case there isn’t one there. The airport, as in most cities, is the worst place to exchange your currency, as it’s more expensive. It’s sometimes best to convert your local currency to US dollars before travelling, because even though you’ll be converting the currency twice, it can save you money. Uruguay is not as cheap as some other Latin American nations, and tourist destinations at peak season can be difficult if you’re on a budget.

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Weather and Seasons

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Uruguay is one of the leading countries in the world in terms of diversity. Not only was it the first country in Latin America to allow women to vote, more recently it was the first country to legalise same-sex marriage. Same-sex sexual activity has been decriminalised since 1934, and anti-discrimination laws have been in place since 2003. This means that all people, regardless of gender or sexual orientation and identity, can feel safe and welcome when travelling to Uruguay. There are a number of gay bars and clubs, and a host of LGBT events, such as Montevideo Pride, celebrated on the last Friday of September; Punta Pride, celebrated in February; and the LGBT Chamber of Commerce National Conference, a government-supported event.

Montevideo City’s sign painted to celebrate diversity

Late-Night Culture

In Uruguay, you will be doing everything a bit later than you’re used to. Here, 11pm is a perfectly normal time for dinner, and even though some restaurants open at 7pm to cater to tourists, don’t expect them to be full until at least 9.30pm. Feel free to hit a bar from 12am onwards, as most are open until 4am or 5am. Clubs are usually open until 8am or 9am, just in time to get breakfast the day after. You will see movement in the city streets at all hours, as people are coming and going places at all times.

Montevideo at night

Free Activities

In Uruguay, and specially in Montevideo, there are plenty of things to do for free if you’re on a budget. For example, all public museums (which means most museums in Uruguay) are free by law. Another way of experiencing some free culture is by going to a street market to people-watch, or finding out when the neighbourhood comparsas will be playing the drums. There’s always something going on in the streets of the city centre, so you might even unknowingly join a march! There are a lot of beautiful parks and squares, and amazing architecture that you can see just by walking around.

Skating in Parque Rodó

Public Transport

There are no trains in Uruguay, so everything is done by car or bus. The buses that go from the capital to other cities are usually very good, with comfortable seats, air conditioning and usually wifi. If you don’t wish to travel by bus, you can rent a car, but never use a taxi to travel from city to city, as it will be very expensive. In cities and towns, it is very common to use bicycles. There are several spots in Montevideo where you can rent bikes straight off the streets, and even go on guided bike tours of the city. You can also use taxis inside the city, but bear in mind that Ubers are usually cheaper; both increase their prices at night.

Cycling in Montevideo

Street Markets

There are plenty of street markets across the country, and particularly in Montevideo. Street markets are great, because everything is sold there: clothes, artisanal objects, wooden games, fruits and vegetables, cheese, fish, meats, jewellery, packaged goods, shoes, plants and animals, antiques and more or less everything else you can think of. Food and produce are usually of better quality, and cheaper, at street markets than at supermarkets. Going there to shop for souvenirs and goods is a great idea, because you get a taste of the day-to-day experience of the local Uruguayan, with the added value of higher-quality, unique products at better prices.

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A lot of Uruguayans speak some English, but you shouldn’t expect very fluid communication. The best way is to learn some basic Spanish phrases to get around with, and brace yourself for a lot of hand gestures. Uruguayans will graciously try to understand and talk to you with great patience and politeness, as these qualities are characteristic of this welcoming nation. Uruguayans are very friendly and curious, and they will try to communicate, even if it’s difficult and frustrating for both of you. If you make some effort to get over the language barrier, you’ll make some amazing friends who will give you tips on where to go and what to do.

When in Doubt, Ask a Local

Locals will help you if you’re in need. It never hurts to ask for assistance, guidance or directions, and most people will go out of their way to assist you. If you’re visiting different cities, get in touch with the staff or owners at your place of accommodation beforehand, and ask if there’s anything you need to know about the place before you set out. Ask for recommendations from people you meet at bars, restaurants or clubs. However, if you’re walking at night, don’t engage with people on the street. It’s likely that nothing bad will happen if you do, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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Plan Your Sundays

In Sundays, most shops close very early, at around 4pm. A lot of restaurants and bars are also shut, so when you’re making plans, make sure to check the opening times of any place you plan to visit on a Sunday. Another good tip is to always carry some cash in hand, as ATMs are not as common as they could be and a lot of them close when the bank is closed. A good idea is to plan to do outdoor activities on a Sunday so that you won’t be depending on places being open.

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Best Time To Visit Uruguay: All Season Adventures

Ever thought of visiting South America? Uruguay has something to offer whether you’re looking for cultural uniqueness or want to explore nature. But when is the best time to visit Uruguay? 

While Uruguay is one of the smallest countries in the continent, about 48 times smaller than Brazil, it offers numerous unique attractions that will make your trip more than worthwhile, whatever time of the year you choose to visit.

We spent 2 weeks in Uruguay earlier this year and absolutely loved it. While it was hot when we visited in November, we enjoyed our stay immensely. This article will look at Uruguay’s various seasons and weather and the fun and important festivals you wouldn’t want to miss. 

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The Climate in Uruguay 

Uruguay is located within the temperate zone, so you can expect the climate to be relatively uniform all year round. The country rarely experiences temperature variations, but it has four seasons you need to note: winter, spring, summer, and fall. 

Even in winter, the temperature is not necessarily freezing. It can be chilly, but Uruguay’s winter would be relatively comfortable if you’re used to snow.

However, summers in Uruguay can get really hot. Planning a trip to the beautiful beaches during this season might be a good idea.

Visiting Uruguay in Winter

When you visit Uruguay in winter, it is the coldest season, with temperatures ranging from 45°F–66°F (7°C–19°C). The sun is still out, the skies are blue, and rainfall can occur. It can be quite cold even when it doesn’t snow because it can be very windy, which adds to the coolness of the weather. 

If you’re looking for cheap accommodations and fewer tourists, you might want to visit Uruguay during winter (from June to August), as this is the off-season for travel. The best thing to do is to go sightseeing and visit historical landmarks in the countryside, such as those in Colonia del Sacramento .

It is recommended to wear fleece jackets, boots, and long pants during the winter. You don’t have to pack bulky clothes—just enough to keep you warm.

Visiting Uruguay in Spring

Spring in Uruguay is from September to November. During these months, the warm weather is perfect for accomplishing your travel bucket list, such as sunbathing on Uruguay’s most famous beaches or strolling around the beautiful streets of Colonia del Sacramento, as the weather is less intense than in summer.

The average temperature in spring ranges from 54°F–75°F (12°C–24°C). The nights can be chilly and windy, but the weather during the daytime will leave you feeling cool and comfortable even when it’s sunny. Expect occasional rains during this time, but it won’t be too much that it will destroy your plans for the day. 

We visited during the springtime and had perfect blue skies and no rain whatsoever. If it’s rainy, you can wear comfortable clothes, like raincoats or an umbrella . You can also pack light summer clothing like dresses, shorts, and sleeveless tops for days when it’s not too windy.

Visiting Uruguay in the Summer

Summertime in Uruguay is from December to March, making this season loved by many tourists trying to flee from the cold winters in the Northern Hemisphere and experience the warm summer heat. It is the hottest season, with average temperatures between 57°F–84°F (14°C–29°C).

Summer in Uruguay marks the peak travel season, thanks to the kickoff of Carnival in mid-January. Uruguay is home to one of the longest Carnival celebrations in Latin American countries, with the Montevideo Carnival starting in the third week of January and lasting for 40 consecutive days. If you plan to visit during this vibrant time, consider booking your tickets and accommodations in advance. However, if you prefer to avoid crowds, this may not be the best time to explore the country.

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Wearing loose, comfortable clothing is recommended, as it can be hot and humid. Additionally, you should bring caps , sunglasses , and sunscreen to protect yourself from the scorching sun.

Visiting Uruguay in Fall

Fall starts from the end of March to May, with temperatures ranging from 45°F–70°F (7°C–21°C). The weather is less hot than during the summer so that you can enjoy more activities in the sun.

During these times, tourists are fewer, the summer heat dies down, and wine festivals at various vineyards are celebrated as this is also the harvest season. 

Plan on going to Uruguay in the fall; you will never go wrong with visiting Carmelo, also known as Uruguay’s Tuscany, where you can learn more about the cultivation process of wine.

You may want to wear light clothing during this season, similar to what you’d wear during spring. Shorts , skirts , blouses , slippers , dresses , and hats are all preferred. Make sure to always bring your sunscreen to protect yourself from UV radiation.

Best Time To Go to Uruguay 

For the festivals  .

Uruguay celebrates various festivals, including Año Nuevo (the annual New Year festival), Virgen de la Candelaria, the White Night Festival, and many more.

Another notable festival is Uruguay’s Montevideo Carnival , the most anticipated celebration in the country from the third week of January until mid-March.

For the Less Crowds  

The low tourist season is believed to be the perfect time to travel to Uruguay, either in spring (September to November) or fall (end of March to May), when the weather conditions are preferable and less extreme than summer. 

During these months, you can have fun hiking or trekking in well-known places, swimming in amazing beaches, and checking out famous landmarks and museums in Uruguay. Fewer people are around, making it quieter, and the weather is better for outdoor activities.

However, if you want to visit during the most fun times, such as the Carnival or when parties and festivals are celebrated, consider planning your trip for the summer (December to March).

For the Cheapest Accommodations

Contrary to popular belief, Uruguay is not a cheap country. If you go sometime in December to March, expect prices to go through the roof, as this is the high or the peak season of travel when tourists from around the world visit Uruguay for its festivals and celebrations. 

If you want to save on expenses, consider a visit during the off-season from the end of March to May or September to November. You will find cheaper accommodation and more availability during that time.

Best Time To Visit Punta del Este

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The most renowned beaches in Uruguay are in Punta del Este . If you want to visit when the weather is warmest and there’s little chance of rain, consider going during the summer months (December to March). This is the perfect time to enjoy various sea-based activities such as surfing or swimming with sea lions.

Best Time To Visit Colonia del Sacramento

The best season to visit Colonia del Sacramento , Uruguay’s most famous historical city, is around Spring (September to November) when there is minimal precipitation and less intense heat. You can also go during the summer, but this season can be very hot and have high humidity. 

Plaza De Toros In Colonia Del Sacramento Uruguay

Travel Tips To Make the Most of Your Uruguay Vacation 

  • You might consider purchasing travel insurance to save money on unexpected emergencies during your visit.
  • When visiting Montevideo , try to go on a weekend to enjoy the city’s most famous local activities, such as exploring the Ciudad Vieja antique market. 
  • Learn about the Uruguayan peso (UR$), the country’s currency. Additionally, exercise caution when withdrawing money from an ATM; using an ATM inside a bank is preferable to a public ATM for cash withdrawals.
  • If you travel frequently, don’t forget to include your medical kit , which should contain ear and eye drops , bandages , alcohol , antibiotic ointment , insect repellent , and earplugs .

Frequently Asked Questions — Best Time to Visit Uruguay

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Many tourists love Uruguay for its fine beaches, vibrant nightlife, historical attractions, and excellent weather all year round. The people are known to be friendly and very welcoming to tourists. 

Is Uruguay Safe for Tourists?

Uruguay is one of the safest countries to travel to in South America . However, there’s nothing wrong with taking precautions. Like most urban areas, Uruguay has its fair share of crime, especially during the busiest season (December to March) when tourists flock to the country’s coasts.

Even if you enjoy touring around the city or sunbathing by the beach, always keep an eye on your valuables and belongings. 

What Is the Best Time of Year to Visit Montevideo?

For a tiny capital city, Montevideo hosts dozens of cultural events each week, many of which are free. You can visit the beach, stroll along the Rambla (promenade), and make flexible itineraries. By the end of January, Carnival begins.

What Is the Hottest Month in Uruguay?

Even though it’s winter in many Northern Hemisphere countries, it’s summer in Uruguay during January, making it the hottest month. The temperature can go up to 84°F (29°C). Remember to use sunscreen and not stay in the sun for too long to avoid sunburn.

Is Uruguay Cheap To Travel?

Uruguay is considered the most expensive country for tourists in South America. It’s not a cheap place to travel, especially if you plan on going during peak season, where prices can rise to European heights. 

The average price of inexpensive restaurant meals in Uruguay is around $15 per person, and hotel rates can double or triple per day during the high season. So, if you plan on having a comfortable stay in Uruguay, you might want to adjust your budget. If you’re trying to save, planning your trip is best.

Conclusion – Best Time to Visit Uruguay

Whether you’re into historical sightseeing, antique shopping, museum hopping, or beach bumming, there is always something wonderful to discover and experience in Uruguay. When planning your vacations, you can visit the country all year round. Still, it’s crucial to know about the Uruguayan seasons, the corresponding ideal activities, and the dates for fun and festive events to make the most of your trip. Traveling to Uruguay requires a bit of preparation, especially considering the seasons. 

One thing is for sure: whenever you choose to make your way to Uruguay, you will have a great time!

¡Vamos, viajeros y viajeras!

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18 Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay


Uruguay is a relatively small country on the South American coast between Brazil and Argentina .

It has a modern economy and a high standard of living but is still considered a developing nation.

It has beautiful beaches, a nice climate, and is not overly crowded.

The country is also said to be one of the most stable countries politically in Latin America. 

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Uruguay has hundreds of miles of unspoiled white-sand beaches.

There are also great little beach towns that are not overly touristy.

The population of the country doubles in the summer with people from Argentina, Brazil, and other countries flocking to the beaches of Uruguay.

The area around Rocha, near Brazil, offers a lot of beaches that do not have many people, but they can be a challenge to get to.

Beaches are a major attraction for visitors to the country.

You will not find big box stores, or super big supermarkets very often in Uruguay.

Instead, there are hundreds of small shops.

Small grocery stores, including those that specialize in meats, cleaning supplies, or produce, dot the landscape.

While all modern goods are available, the means of shopping will remind you of long-gone days in the United States .

As many as 65 percent of businesses are locally owned and operated.

The healthcare system is great and affordable.

There is completely free medicine for poor people but the care is basic.

Most people who move there get “mutualista” which is paying for private care that is not really insurance. 

Interestingly, getting to see a specialist is relatively easy, but you may have to wait a few weeks to get a regular doctor’s appointment. 

The healthcare is good and inexpensive, but you may have to wait to get it.

Cities like Montevideo have great transportation, whether it be bus, train, subway, or car.

There is a bus system for getting around the country.

It is cheap and easy to use.

In the cities, walking everywhere is customary, and what you need is often close enough that this is not a problem. 

You can easily live without a car in Uruguay.

There is a lot of openness to different kinds of people.

You can feel free to be who you are and to speak your mind without recrimination. 

People are friendly and open for the most part.

The term “vecino” means “neighbor” and it is used in a friendly way toward everyone. 

Uruguay is built on democratic principles.

It has one of the most stable governments in all of Latin America. 

There is peace and not much turmoil.

People tend to trust the government and there is not a lot of scandal in that area.

It has one of the highest incomes per capita in the Americas, and extreme poverty is rare. 

It estimates that 60 percent of its residents are middle class, the highest in Latin America.

In the United States, these are called flea markets, but the ones in Uruguay may have more fresh fruit and vegetables.

These are open-air markets where anyone can sell anything they like. 

They are usually held in the mornings on selected days of the week.

You can also get eggs, cheese, cleaning supplies, and many other needed items at a very low cost.

People also sell used items there as they do in flea markets in the U.S.

Uruguay has almost as much meat consumption per capita as its neighbor, Argentina.

The beef in Uruguay is grass-fed though, and many people think that is a more healthy option. 

Argentina exports a lot of its beef while Uruguay does not.

Still, people love meat in Uruguay, and you are bound to find a lot of good barbeque in all parts of the country. 

It is easy to get a visitor’s visa, and it is also easy to get permanent residency.

It is said to be one of the easiest countries in the world to immigrate to.

You will have to have a clean criminal record and proof of a monthly income.

If you have no issues there, you will not have much trouble getting permanent residency.

You may also wait until you are in the country to start the process.

If you are visiting for less than 90 days you do not even have to get a visa.

Cons of living in Uruguay

People are very friendly and cordial to visitors, but it seems to stop there in many cases.

It is easy to socialize and to get information and help from people on the street.

It is harder to make long-term friends if you are a visitor though.

They will be very nice to you, but will not feel compelled to invite you home or into their social circles.

The weather is relatively mild and there are four seasons.

Even so, there is a fairly harsh winter at times in Uruguay, which is unsettling for people not used to cold weather.

The capital of Montevideo can be very cold and stark during the winter, with a lot of wind and rain. 

Even though it is cold, snow is rare in most of the country.

Part of the appeal of Latin America is the low cost of living.

Uruguay may still be cheaper than a big city in the United States, but it is one of the more expensive countries in South America as far as living expenses.

Housing is not all that expensive, but the energy to heat or cool your house will be expensive.

If you are coming from New York City or Los Angeles , you might not think it is expensive, but if you are coming from the Midwest, you will think it is expensive.

The capital city of Montevideo is a huge city, and in recent years it has become a place of high-rise buildings.

Many historic buildings and neighborhoods have been torn down to make room for the high-rise urban jungle.

Montevideo is a modern city in every sense of the word, and it is, unfortunately, taking on that appearance as well, at the expense of its colorful historical buildings.

Houses are often not built well, and they don’t have insulation when they are built.

This means winters will be very cold, and the fuel to heat your inefficient home will be even more expensive than it should be.

First-time visitors may have a difficult time their first winter because of the lack of insulation.

The ocean, and the Rio De La Plata, a major river in Montevideo, keep the city very humid regardless of the time of year.

People in shops or stores tend not to be overly helpful to customers.

If you do complain you are likely to get a defensive response instead of help.

It is hard to get a refund.

You will get a credit note instead, which can be frustrating.

It is odd that the country struggles with customer service when people are otherwise friendly and helpful.

This could be positive, because dogs are very popular in Uruguay, and people love their dogs.

The downside is that they do not train their animals.

Dogs are allowed to bark as much as they want, and you will be thought strange if you complain about barking dogs.

People also do not clean up after their dogs.

Due to taxes, and the logistics of getting them to the country, anything imported will be expensive.

Cars, gas, furniture, electronics, and other foreign products will be much more pricey than they were in the United States or Europe. 

The beaches of Montevideo in particular, are strewn with garbage, and often the streets are as well.

Trash piles up especially in winter as trash collectors are few and far between at times.

It is also bad at times in the countryside away from the big city.

Buildings in Montevideo have a lot of graffiti as well. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

A 90-day Visitors permit is given to all visitors, and you may extend that an additional 90 days easily at any immigration office.

After six months you will have to leave and start over if you wish to return, or you can apply for permanent residency.

It is easy but may take some time.

You may also get the permit from an Uruguayan embassy in your home country.

To get this status you must have a job offer or permit to work, own a piece of land, or have a bank account with a given amount of money deposited.

In most of the country, you can live well for $2,000 per month, including an apartment, food, bills, and some extra money.

Living in more upscale areas, or in a big city like Montevideo, may cost up to twice that amount.

It is still higher than most of Latin America, but lower than the United States or Europe.

It is very easy, and you may do so without being a citizen.

If you do buy a place, that will help you get permanent residency as well.

Prices vary a lot by location, but you can generally get a nice house for $100,000, and buying an apartment costs even less.

Some people moving to the country buy furnished apartments in advance.

The Global Peace Index ranked Uruguay No. 1 in South America for peace and safety.

It is also ranked 35th in the world.

It has a record of stable democracy, and solid economic policies that makeup 60 percent of the publication’s middle class.

It has a very low poverty rate as well, which has an impact on the level of crime.

Large cities like Montevideo have their share of crime, but it is still low for the South American region.

It has legalized abortion, same-sex marriage, and recreational marijuana in recent years.

It also has free, or close to free, health care.

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8 Comments on 18 Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay

I would like to visit the country Ron/Cat

We visited Uruguay about ten years ago and we really liked the country. The only drawback is it’s a long trip from the US or Canada. This article on the pros and cons is quite accurate in my experience.

Uruguay isn’t cheap, actually it is pricey compared to the neighboring countries, especially Argentina nowadays. Montevideo is close to a modern city, and if you like an air of decadence it may be your spot indeed. The article does not talk about food, which is a part of our life indeed; well, if you feel comfortable eating meat every day of the year this is your place. If you aren’t this still may be your place as there are enough vegan options. Society is tolerant and we may not be so prome to invite you home, but once we do, it’s your home as well as ours. This is a good place for people to retire or for digital nomads to work remotely, not cheap but safe enough, somehow far away but close and well connected to big cities (Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo). Give us a shot and judge yourself, you´ve got nothing to loose. Cheers!

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Wow so awesome. Can’t wait to come to Uruguay. I am from South Africa and things that are cons are our everyday lives

I’ve been searching for a safe, tax haven to visit and potentially move to. I believe I’ve found my country. I’ll be visiting later this summer.

I don’t think there are tax breaks in Uruguay. Best wishes.

I am sorry to day this is not a very accurate desciption of the country. Most supermarkets are big chain stores owned now by foreign corportations, historical building are being demolished but they are in no way colorful (they are beige or gray), there is quite a signifcant amount of extreme poverty living in shanty towns or homeless, also there are no passengers trains or subways either. Proper house are built well, made out of bricks, the problem may be the windows, which is easily fiaxble.

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  • Flight Dallas - Florida (DFW - USFL) $60+
  • Flight Boston - Florida (BOS - USFL) $61+
  • Flight New York - Florida (LGA - USFL) $75+

Dallas Flights

  • Flight Chicago - Dallas (MDW - DFW) $46+
  • Flight Atlanta - Dallas (ATL - DFW) $51+
  • Flight Minneapolis - Dallas (MSP - DFW) $56+
  • Flight Chicago - Dallas (ORD - DFW) $61+
  • Flight Miami - Dallas (MIA - DFW) $67+
  • Flight Los Angeles - Dallas (LAX - DFW) $69+

San Diego Flights

  • Flight Phoenix - San Diego (PHX - SAN) $50+
  • Flight San Jose - San Diego (SJC - SAN) $57+
  • Flight Oakland - San Diego (OAK - SAN) $63+
  • Flight San Francisco - San Diego (SFO - SAN) $65+
  • Flight Dallas - San Diego (DFW - SAN) $66+
  • Flight Sacramento - San Diego (SMF - SAN) $68+
  • Flight Newark - San Diego (EWR - SAN) $79+

Frequently asked questions

What do i need to know before booking a flight.

There are various factors to consider when booking a flight including cost, fare classes, baggage policies, the complications of flying long haul, and complying with airport regulations. To make your booking journey smoother KAYAK has developed a comprehensive flight guide including insights on finding affordable flights, packing efficiently, and utilizing the best travel tools.

What is the cheapest day of the week to book a flight?

The best day to book your flight depends on a number of factors, but there are general trends that you can follow to increase your chances of cheaper plane tickets. Based on an analysis of KAYAK data for all flights departing from inside United States over the last 12 months, the cheapest day to fly for domestic flights is Wednesday. For international flights, Tuesday had the cheapest tickets on average.

Which month of the year are flight prices lowest?

It’s well established that flights in the low season are generally cheaper than ticket prices during the high season. That means that knowing which month to find the lowest priced plane tickets will depend heavily on seasonality and your destination. While avoiding peak travel times can help you keep costs down, our data shows that the month with the lowest priced plane tickets for domestic flights based on all searches made on KAYAK in the last 12 months was January, while the most expensive was March. If you’re booking an international flight, then January is the cheapest month to fly and June the most expensive.

When is the best time to buy plane tickets - Last minute or in advance?

Last minute flight deals are definitely up for grabs but when exactly to purchase your plane tickets will depend on where you’re traveling to and from. Based on all data for flight searches made on KAYAK over the last 12 months, prices for domestic flights remained below the average price up to 1 weeks before departure. For international flights, deals could still be had up to 1 weeks prior to the departure date, with prices remaining below average. If you’re flexible, KAYAK brings you both advance and last minute one-way and round-trip flight deals.

Can flying international flights with a layover save money on airfare?

For many long-haul international flights, flying non-stop is not possible and you will have to fly with a layover. Some routes will offer both and you could consider flying with a layover for a number of reasons. Firstly, breaking up what would otherwise be a long-haul flight, taking a rest and then completing the journey might make the flight more manageable. Secondly, prices can also be lower than non-stop flights, so while it might take longer for you to reach your destination, you could save money. We’ve looked at prices over the last 12 months for the 100 most popular international destinations for KAYAK users and on average, prices for non-stop flights were cheaper than flights with a layover.

How does KAYAK find such low flight prices?

KAYAK processes over 2 billion flight queries annually and displays results from hundreds of airlines and third party sites, allowing it to find a variety of flight prices and options. It also displays results from 2M+ properties along with rental cars, vacation packages, activities and millions of verified reviews so users can see as many available travel options as possible.

How do I find the best flight deals on KAYAK?

A simple flight search at https://www.kayak.com/flights scans for prices on hundreds of travel sites in seconds. We gather flight deals from across the web and put them in one place. Then on the search results page you can use various filters to compare options for the same flight and easily choose the best flight deal from all of the deals coming straight from the travel sites to your screen, with no extra fee from KAYAK.

How can Hacker Fares save me money?

Hacker Fares allow you to combine one-way tickets on different airlines when it can save you money over a traditional round-trip ticket.

Does KAYAK query more flight providers than competitors?

Yes, KAYAK has access to more data and information than online travel agencies and consistently outperforms the competition in accuracy, globally.

How does KAYAK's flight Price Forecast tool help me choose the right time to buy?

KAYAK's flight Price Forecast tool uses historical data to determine whether the price for a given destination and date is likely to change within 7 days, so travelers know whether to wait or book now.

What is KAYAK's "flexible dates" feature and why should I care?

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