10 Tourist Tips for Travel to Montevideo, Uruguay


There are a few tips that all tourists should review before going to Montevideo, Uruguay.  Here is what we wanted to know before going there:

1. What is the currency in Montevideo, Uruguay?

Uruguayan Peso.

2. Can you drink the water in Montevideo, Uruguay?

In most major cities in Uruguay, yes!

3. What is the time difference in Montevideo, Uruguay?

UTC/GMT -3 hours

4. What is the tipping policy in Montevideo, Uruguay?

10% in restaurants.

5. What is the best way to get from the airport into the city in Montevideo, Uruguay?

Cabs are pretty cheap, but many hotels offer shuttles.  You can also book a shuttle at the airport if you are going to a central area.

6. Do I need any vaccinations for Montevideo, Uruguay?

Hepatitis A is recommended for all travelers, as well as yellow fever vaccine and tetanus.

7. Any safety concerns or warnings by the embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay.?

Montevideo is one of the safest places in South America and even has it’s own set of tourist police!

8. Do I need to bring cash, credit card, ATM or travelers checks?

Most everyone in Montevideo, Uruguay takes cash.

9. What are the plugs in Montevideo, Uruguay./ Do I need an adapter?

Three circular prongs and: WA-9, WA-10, WA-12, & WA-16

10. Language in Montevideo, Uruguay.

A few people speak English, but knowing a few basic Spanish phrases will help although most everyone in the markets speak English.

11. Local Food in Montevideo, Uruguay.

A Chivito is a steak sandwich with lettuce, tomato, egg and cheese in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Panchos are special Uruguayan hotdogs in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Pascualina’s is a spinach pie made with veggies, cheese and milk.
12. Local Drink in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Yerba Mate and Grappa Miel are both popular.  Grappa Miel is a honey and alcohol mixed drink.

13. Useful Phrases in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Yes- Si

No- No

Hello- Buenos Dias

Goodbye- Adios

Thank you- Gracias

You’re Welcome- De Nada

We loved traveling to Montevideo, Uruguay and so will you!  Be sure to check out our top 10 things to do and in Montevideo, Uruguay!

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