If there are still some areas of the world where travel without tourism is allowed, it is this small piece of land coiled between these two gigantic neighbours. Uruguay remains authentic. Montevideo has the air of a great European city, a feeling that quickly fades as soon as comparsas, milongas and tango resound along the ramblas that follow the heart of the Rio de la Plata or in the residential and shaded alleys of the capital. Beyond its capital, it is towards the coast that Uruguay's tourist guide takes us, from copper beaches surrounded by pine forests to the poetic charm of Rocha. The old centre of Colonia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site west of the capital, is worth a visit, as is the interior of the country, populated by gauchos who, while sipping a mate, keep an alert eye on their cattle population. A land of culture, in Uruguay we like to debate, football in particular, we like to read, dance and sing. Uruguay is also a tolerant destination in the heart of a rather conservative continent. Gay marriage, abortion and cannabis are indeed legalized. Yes, Uruguay is unique, warm and open-minded, with an old-fashioned charm and a pleasant way of life ¡ Welcome to Uruguay!
When to go to Uruguay?
When did you go to Uruguay? Despite the country's small size, seasonality is a function of the region. It should also be noted that a large number of Argentines, in particular porteños (inhabitants of Buenos Aires), and Brazilians come to Uruguay for their summer holidays (January-February). Reading grid to identify the best time to go to Uruguay
Atlantic Coast. Overall, the tourist high season extends from mid-December to the end of February (tourist peak in January, and the carnival throughout February also attracts people) and during Holy Week (Semana Santa), also called Semana de Turismo (in April). At this time, prices are soaring, beaches are invaded, so it is essential to book your accommodation.
Coastal (area bordering Argentina along the Uruguay River). The high season rather extends from Holy Week (Easter week) to the beginning of December when the temperatures are mild ; it is the time to enjoy the thermal baths. In summer (January and February) temperatures are often too high to discover this area.
In the other departments, the high season always corresponds to the southern summer: it should not be forgotten that half of the country lives in Montevideo, and consequently that Uruguayan tourism is, first and foremost, a tourism concentrated in the capital
It should be noted that Uruguayans usually go away on weekends, to the countryside, in the interior of the country. Accommodation nights in Montevideo are therefore not more expensive on weekends; sometimes prices are lower than in a (working) week. When to go to Uruguay to enjoy pleasant weather and affordable rates? December (early summer) and March (between Carnival and Holy Week) seem to be the right time to do so