Uruguay - is not popular among Russian tourists, but pretty safe, quiet and friendly country that is worth a visit.
How to reach
Of course, planning a trip to Uruguay betterindependently. So it will be much cheaper, also finished tours in this country we are not popular. Direct flights from Russia not have to fly with connections to cities in Europe and perhaps even in Sao Paulo.
What to see
Montevideo - Uruguay's capital, the city is relativelya small, very calm. you can find one or two-storey houses in the center. In the city there is no subway, just land transport. The very center of the city is the Independence Square. In Montevideo the ocean there, it is built on the mouth of the La Plata. The water at the beach brown color, but not because it is dirty, it has a color due to dissolved therein sludge.
Hallmark of Uruguay and the Nationalpride without exaggeration be called mate tea. This drink is brewed in special containers, calabashes, and drink through a straw. Then he brewed several times. On the waterfront and streets of the city and you can meet people with a calabash in one hand and a thermos in the other.
Every morning, passing through the streets of horse carriages- Garbage collectors. This, too, is unlikely to meet the modern big city. It should be noted that in Montevideo quite dirty - people are not accustomed to throw garbage into bins.
Ciudad Vieja, or old city - it is a historicalcenter, a very small area. There is a market, a theater, there are beautiful buildings of the colonial buildings. Although generally in Montevideo is quite safe, the streets of the old town it is better not to walk early in the morning and late at night, as there are cases of robbery.
Restaurants and food
Uruguay is famous above all meat dishes. It is believed that this is where the best meat in South America because it is grown without the use of artificial additives and hormones. One of the national dishes is a pariah, or parischa. It cuts of meat and sausages cooked on the grill. Parischu the best cook in the open restaurants right on the market next to the port. But they work only up to 18 hours. Local wines differ excellent quality and relatively low price.
One of the most interesting museums in Montevideo is a carnival museum.
Residents of Uruguay - very friendly people,here you will not see the aggression. In addition, almost all of European appearance, and hatred for the "gringos", as in some other countries, not here. The Spanish language is different from the classic Castilian accent.
More recently, Uruguay legalized some soft drugs and gay marriage.
Currency and prices
The national currency of the country - Uruguayan peso. The country's official exchange rate, so paying by credit card will also be beneficial. In recent years, prices have risen in Uruguay and can be compared with the European.
What to bring
Uruguay has traditionally brought calabashes, mate tea, red wine, leather goods.
The most famous resort in Uruguay is Punta del Este, where very wealthy Argentines love to relax. It's quite an expensive resort with many hotels and restaurants.
Very close to the capital is a small town Periapolis, who is also a resort. There is much quieter and calmer, you can ride the cable car and swim in the ocean.
From Montevideo, just a few hours away by ferry to Buenos Aires.
Uruguay - not a tourist country and hereNot much is known attractions, but peacefulness, tranquility and nature to conquer. Particularly well here to rest after noisy city.