The climate in northern Uruguay is subtropical and temperate in the southern part of the country. The climatic conditions on the coasts of the country are similar to the conditions in the coastal regions of northern Spain, southern France and northern Italy. Here lies the average temperature at 16.5 ° C.
The summer is comparatively cool for these latitudes, with peaks of pleasantly warm 28 ° C. The winter months (June to August) are relatively mild with average Temperatures between 6 ° C and 15 ° C.
In the interior of the country, the temperatures are a little higher.
Precipitation falls in Uruguay all year round, on average 1,000 mm per year, in the wettest northern regions to 1,400 mm per year. The region around Punta del Este is the only one that receives just under 1,000 mm per year. Although the amount of rain does not vary much, the winter half-year is drier than the summer half-year, with March being the wettest.
The relative humidity ranges between 70% and 75% throughout the country, in July 80% can be reached, in January the value is around 65%.
Since Uruguay does not have high mountain ranges as a natural barrier, the country is prone to sudden weather changes, especially when heavy rainfall follows after a lengthy dry spell.
Best travel time for Uruguay
According to zipcodesexplorer, Uruguay’s main attraction is the Atlantic beaches, so most visitors come in the warmer summer. The abundant sunshine makes summer a good time to travel.
Along the Río Uruguay it can get hot in summer, however, in the hilly interior it is cooler. Between the end of April and November there are sometimes strong winds with rain and lower temperatures.
Uruguay – traveling in the country
Airplane: The charter airline Aeromas offers charter flights between Montevideo and Tacuarembo, Paysandu, Salto, Artigas and Rivera.
Ship: Uruguay has about 1250 km of waterways, especially on the Rio Uruguay and Rio de la Plata, but there are no scheduled ferries along these rivers.
Rail: Commuter trains run daily (except Sundays) between Montevideo and San José. Long distance trains do not run in Uruguay. However, the company Ferrocarril Feliz offers tourist train rides for tourists.
Car: The road network in Uruguay covers about 50,000 km and is quite well developed (80% are paved or paved).
Due to the good bus network in Uruguay, not many visitors are traveling in their own vehicles. However, cars and motorcycles can be rented in Montevideo and tourist centers such as Colonia or Punta del Este. An international driver’s license is recommended for renting a car.
The buses in Uruguay are usually in good condition. Montevideo is the transport hub. If you are traveling in the coastal region or on roads along the large rivers, you never really have to wait long for a bus. It becomes more difficult in more remote areas, for example between Chuy and Tacuarembo. The two largest bus companies in the country are UCOT and CITA, they offer a nationwide service to all cities in the country. In addition, numerous regional bus companies operate.
Due to its small size, Uruguay is very suitable for bus travel. You are rarely on the road for more than six hours within the country.
Most cities have a Terminal de Omnibus (central bus station) for long-distance buses. If you want to choose your seat, you should buy your ticket in advance at the bus station. Local buses are usually slow and full, but cheap.
Montevideo has a well-functioning bus network, it connects the city center with the suburbs.
Taxis are quite cheap in Uruguay. Taximeters never work, drivers should have a list of current tariffs with them. At night (midnight – 6 a.m.) and on weekends, prices are 25 to 50% higher. It is also possible to hire taxis by the hour.
Uruguay – money
Local currency: 1 Uruguayan peso is equal to 100 centésimos
Currency abbreviation : NU $, UYU
Banknotes are in value of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 and 2,000 NU $ issued, coins to the value of 50 centésimos and 1, 2, 5 and 10 NU $. The 5 and 10 NU $ banknotes are rarely used.
Currency Exchange: US dollars and euros can be converted into banks and exchange offices (Casa de Cambio). The exchange rate for exchanges in hotels is usually less favorable.
Uruguay peso exchange rate
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Credit Cards: major international credit cards such as Visa,American Express and MasterCard are accepted in upscale hotels, restaurants, and some stores.
ATMs in Montevideo and tourist regions in the south accept major international credit cards. In smaller cities you can only get cash with credit cards in banks (cash advance).
Travelers checks are best made out in US dollars, with US $ 50 and US $ 100 denominations recommended. Banks in Montevideo, Colonia and in beach resorts on the Atlantic change travelers checks, the rate is slightly worse than cash. Owner’s passport is required when changing travelers checks.
Foreign exchange regulations: no restrictions.
Bank opening times: Mon – Fri 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.