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Travel Guide: Colonia del Sacramento in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay #travel

Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Founded by the Portuguese in 1680 on the Río de la Plata, the city was of strategic importance in resisting the Spanish. After being disputed for a century, it was finally lost by its founders. The well-preserved urban landscape illustrates the successful fusion of the Portuguese, Spanish and post-colonial styles.

Map of Colonia del Sacramento

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Coronavirus in Colonia del Sacramento

As much as it pains us to say, now is not the best time to be boarding that plane, boat or train. More and more countries are going into COVID-19 lockdown and closing their borders, which is making it virtually impossible to travel anyway. You can track the current coronavirus right now.

Culture in Colonia del Sacramento

We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in Uruguay. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Uruguay.

Money in Colonia del Sacramento

Currencie(s): Uruguayan peso

  • 1 Uruguayan peso = 0.02 €
  • 1 Uruguayan peso = 0.02 $
  • 1 Uruguayan peso = 0.02 £

Corruption: Uruguay has a corruption score of 30 out of 100.
If your itinerary runs through Uruguay, you're pretty safe. According to Transparency International, Uruguay is one of the least corrupt nations around the world.

Uruguay is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.71 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.

Language in Colonia del Sacramento

Language(s): Spanish
Here are a few basic lines to get you started:
  • Yes = Si
  • No = No
  • Thank You = Gracias
  • Hello = Hola
  • Do you speak English? = ¿Habla Inglés?
  • Please = Por favor
  • Bye = Adiós
  • Excuse Me = Perdóneme
  • Where is the Bathroom? = ¿Dónde está el baño?
  • What is your Name? (My Name Is) = ¿Cuál es tu nombre? (Mi nombre es)

Food & Drinks in Colonia del Sacramento

2 National dishes: Asado & Chivito.

Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Colonia del Sacramento is 18.

Religion in Colonia del Sacramento

Uruguay contains a few regions that are considered as a religious. According to the Gallup Poll in 2009 research, only 41% of the population thinks religion is important in their daily life. More info about this study can be found here. The religous adherents are Roman Catholic 66% (less than half of the adult population attends church regularly), Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%, nonprofessing or other 31%. Read this article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.

Sex & Relationships in Colonia del Sacramento

Age of Consent: 15 years.

Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is legalized in Uruguay since 2013.

Uruguay scores a 8/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.

National Sports in Colonia del Sacramento

A lot of countries and cultures have an obsession with sports, almost reaching religious proportions. In this case, Destrezas Criollas is Uruguay their national sport.

Other practical tips for Colonia del Sacramento

Timezone: UTC-03:00

Driving: Right-hand traffic.

Power adapters and converters: 220 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F / L

Weather: Currently clear sky, with a temperature between 27 and 27°C (80.6 and 80.6°F)

Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 9.27 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to Uruguay.

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