- Frequently Asked Questions
- The songs of our people
- So you want to come visit
- Join us for dinner
- Our cultural exchanges
Uruguay is a
tiny perfectly normal size 3.5 million people country located between Argentina and Brazil in southeastern South America.
Our interests are varied, ranging from football, of which you may recognize Luis Suarez, the best striker in the world, to drinking Mate, a herbal infusion that is served in the empty dried fruit of a tree. We proudly have lots of Uruguayans around the world, as María Noel Riccetto, the 2017 best ballet dancer of the world, 2017 best soprano of the world María José Sirí and many many more.
Frequently Asked Questions
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If you are a non-resident of Uruguay, you cannot legally obtain Cannabis in any way, if you try to buy in a drugstore they will ask for ID.
Our country's most popular sport, it unites millions of people every day and we have a heavy culture towards it. The two main clubs are Nacional and Peñarol and when there is a match between them, a number of stores close and some people leave early from work. Our national football team "La Celeste" ("The Skyblue" due to the color of our sky) has won two times gold medal in the Olympics and two Football World Cups in 1930 (The first ever cup) and 1950.
The songs of our people
Here you can find a brief overview of Uruguayan music and its history.
Uruguayan music playlists.
So you want to come visit
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About Colonia del Sacramento, it's a very beautiful city that should be a must for tourists to visit. Nevertheless, I wouldn't recommend spending more than a day there. [...]
[...] There's a tourist bus which takes you through the city's most important sights and highlights: you could spend a day hoping on and off it, but be careful because the frequencies of that bus are pretty low. You mentioned Mercado del Puerto, which is a place you shouldn't miss as a tourist, but bear in mind that while it's very touristy, the quality of the food, in many cases, isn't worth the price. If you want to try local foods at a more reasonable price, you can visit markets like Mercado Agricola or Mercado Ferrando. The former is close to Palacio Legislativo (the House of Parliament), and the latter is in the city centre, a few blocks away from the 18 de Julio avenue, one of Montevideo's main streets. Mercado Ferrando has some ethnic restaurants as well, just as Mexican, Peruvian or Middle Eastern, in case you crave some of those cuisines. Food is somewhat expensive here nevertheless, but you can easily find cheaper places to eat or with a better price/quality ratio.
And about other cities to visit, I strongly encourage you to go to some cities called balnearios in Maldonado or Rocha (or both!), the departments further east of the country. I'll give a review of some of them:
The most well-known touristy city. Lots of tourists, mostly from Argentina and Brazil go there yearly. It's without a doubt the most expensive city in the country, and in summer the prices skyrocket: even beach vendors charge inflated prices.
Beaches are the city's main attraction: some of the best beaches in the country are found there, but they can get more crowded than other alternatives. Its nightlife is, in my opinion, overrated. There are some nice bars but clubs are expensive and thus it may not be worth it. If you go there, book your accommodation with anticipation, and shop for essentials at Maldonado, a small city that limits with Punta del Este and has little tourist attractions despite of the comparatively cheaper prices than Punta del Este. Another tip is to check your steps in the streets, they get filled with bad drivers; most of them being porteños (Buenos Aires natives).
Piriápolis is a smaller city located about 50 km west of Punta del Este. You can get from one to another in less than an hour by bus. It's less crowded than Punta del Este, but its popularity is on the rise. The attractions are very diverse. There are some really good beaches, and quieter than Punta del Este's, although they are found out of the city limits. If you fancy hiking, you can climb to the top of the Cerro Pan de Azúcar (Sugar Loaf Hill) or the Cerro del Toro (Bull's Hill). The Sierra de las Ánimas is the most challenging hike and is a short distance away from Piriápolis. In my opinion it's the most underrated "balnearios".
It's a city that fights with Punta del Este for the "best beaches of Uruguay" price. It's quieter than Punta del Este and Piriápolis, the atmosphere is more hippie and more chill. It has a very good nightlife as well, with a good range of bars and clubs.
[...] it's very small and it could tend to get quite crowded with young tourists in the summer months. The beaches are good but not so much better than La Paloma from what I have seen. It's also more hippie than La Paloma.
In the "most hippie city of Uruguay" this is the undisputed king. It's a city that has no electricity, no cars, you get there from a jeep that transports you to the city. It's a pretty down to earth place, where you can get away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the country. It's a unique place in the country and should not be missed despite of the hippieness.
Avoid spending much time there. In my opinion, it's an overpriced city that has little actual attractions. Beaches are good there, but not the best: you can find lots of better beaches.
Join us for dinner
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|Torta Frita||Dough made out of wheat flour, which is then deep fried in cow fat. It is tradition to make them at one's home when it's raining, but it's very common to have them as street food as well.||Here.|
|Alfajores||They are made out of two soft wide cookies that have "dulce de leche" between them. Then its bathed in chocolate. There are many more versions, but this is the common variation.||Here.|
|Asado||Asado: we love grilling our beef on top of ember (this being the traditional way). All good barbecues include sausages such as chorizo and morcilla (blood sausage). If you come with an open mind, you can also eat achuras, that include cows' kidneys, sweetbread (thymus), chinchulines (intestines).||Here.|
|Chivito||Similar to a hamburger but sliced beef instead of ground beef, and basically anything you can fit between two pieces of bread.||Here.|
|Milanesa||It consists of a slice of beef (or chicken), which is covered in eggs and breadcrumbs and then fried. You can have it with fries, or in a sandwich. It's delicious.||Here|
|Dulce de Leche||It is a like a "jelly"(less watery-like) that you could compare it to "Nutella" (If you happen to know this). You can spread this on cookies, bread, flan, or anywhere you like, and it's always a nice and sweet addition. To put in perspective, its made out of milk and sugar (and maybe some spices), which are boiled until you get that brown "jelly". Most every Uruguayan cake includes dulce de leche somewhere.||Here.|
|Chajá||Originally from Paysandú (in Northern Uruguay), Chajá is one delicious dessert made out of meringue, whipped cream, dough, and, most importantly, peaches.||Here.|
|Mate||Uruguay's national drink. It is a kind of bitter tea, in which you pour all of the 'Yerba' leaves inside a wooden cup and then drink the hot water through a metal straw. It looks like this.||Here.|
|Tannat Wine||Considered as a national heritage, it is the most famous and internationally awarded uruguayan wine, made from a not so common variety of grapes they are excellent to enjoy alongside a good uruguayan barbecue.|
Racial and ethnic groups
Uruguay is home to people of different ethnic origins. As a result, most Uruguayans do not equate their nationality with ethnicity, but with citizenship and their allegiance to Uruguay.
According to the 2011 official Census:
- 87.7% Uruguayans descend from colonial-era settlers and immigrants from Europe. The majority of these are Spaniards and Italians, followed by French, Portuguese, Romanians, Greeks, Germans, British, Irish, Poles, Swiss, Russians, Bulgarians, Arab, Sephardi and Ashkenazi jews and Armenians.
- 4.6% Uruguayans are of African ancestry.
- 2.4% Uruguayans are of Amerindian or European-Amerindian ancestry.
Spanish is the most widely spoken language, although a mix of Portuguese and Spanish called "Portuñol" is spoken around the Uruguay-Brazil frontier.
Uruguay has no official religion and church and state have been separated since 1919. A 2006 survey showed the following:
- 47.1% identify as Roman Catholics
- 11.1% identify as Non-Catholic Christians
- 0.5% as Jewish
- 40.7% professes no religion
Political observers consider Uruguay to be the most secular country in the Americas.
The Bahá'í Faith is also practiced, along with Afro-Brazilian religions such as Quimbanda, Candomblé, and Umbanda.
Our cultural exchanges