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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.
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.
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.
Currencie(s): Uruguayan peso
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.
Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Colonia del Sacramento is 18.
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'.
Driving: Right-hand traffic.
Power adapters and converters: 220 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F / L
Weather: Currently clear sky, with a temperature between 13 and 13°C (55.4 and 55.4°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.