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Vacations and Sightseeing

Basic information
Official languageSpanish
Area175.016 km²
Population3,494,904  (2021)
CurrencyUruguayan peso  (UYU)

Cities in URUGUAY


Vacations and Sightseeing

Tourism is increasingly important to the Uruguayan economy. In 1997 visitor numbers increased again by 17% (2.3 million tourists), while revenues increased by 25% ($ 759 million). Most visitors come from Argentina.

Punde del Este, UruguayPunde del Este, UruguayPhoto: Andrés Franchi Ugart CC 3.0 Unported no changes made

However, the tourism industry, which in 1996 yielded as much as a third of total exports, fears damage to the image of Uruguay as the safest country in South America. To stop the increased crime, a kind of vigilante was set up. Montevideo, Colonia and especially Punta del Este are favorite holiday destinations. Punta del Este, for example, has a 40 km long beach.

Montevideo, the capital of UruguayMontevideo, the capital of UruguayPhoto: Marcelo Campi CC 2.0 Generic no changes made

Montevideo is Uruguay's largest city, capital and main port. The old town shows the influence of the old European architecture. Notable government buildings are the Legislative Palace, the City Hall and the Estevez Palace. The most famous stadium is the Estadio Centenario. The Park of the Allies is a large public central park. The ramblas of Montevideo is a very large boulevard of more than 20 km long where you can walk or cycle given the distance. Especially in the evening with a beautiful sunset it is a good place to be. The ramblas runs almost entirely along the coastline. Read more on the Montevideo page of TheWorldOfInfo.


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Last updated May 2024
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