The specialty as such is beef, which is prepared on an open fire, the “asado”, usually accompanied with sausages and different pieces of meat. Further specialties are the famous Empanadas, stuffed pastry, and diverse regional specialties in the North. All over the country you will be served excellent Italian food, inclusive of the Italian ice cream. Uruguay wine is also excellent and the mate tea is the national drink – Uruguayan drink their mate everywhere and always, it is made of yerba herbs and drunk with the bombilla, a pipette, out of the mate receptacle.
Visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. Medical and dental treatment is expensive in Uruguay. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation. If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 911 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.
The climate of Uruguay is humid subtropical. It is fairly uniform nationwide, since the country is located entirely within the temperate zone. Seasonal variations are pronounced, but extremes in temperature are rare.
Banks: 13:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday (some open from 11:00)
Post Offices: 08:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday
Government Offices: 07:00 to 14:30 (summer), 14:30 to 19:00 (winter), Monday to Friday
Business Centres: 09:00 to 19:00, Monday to Friday
Shops: 09:00 to 19:00, Monday to Friday; 09:30 to 13:00, Saturday (larger stores open later)
220V alternating current, it is recommendable to bring a multi-adapter.
Uruguay official currency is the Uruguayan Peso. Currency can be exchanged at all banks and casas de cambio (foreign exchange houses), and at most hotels, restaurants and shops. US dollars are the easiest currency to exchange and many restaurants, hotels and shops in the main cities may accept US dollars for payment. It is recommended you avoid accepting torn money as it may not be accepted again when you go to spend it.
Major credit cards (Visa, Master Card, Diners and American Express) are accepted, however, Visa is the most widely recognised.