GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Uruguay is a South-American country known for its verdant interior and beach-lined coast. The capital, Montevideo, leads to Ciudad Vieja (Old City), with historical buildings, colonial homes and old port markets. La Rambla, a waterfront promenade, passes fish stalls, piers and parks.

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COUNTRY FACTS

POPULATION

3,419,000

CAPITAL

Montevideo (1,341,000)

GDP PER CAPITA

U.S. $7,900

LANGUAGE

Spanish

RELIGION

Roman Catholic

LIFE EXPECTANCY

75

AREA

176,215 square kilometers (68,037 square miles)

LITERACY PERCENT

98

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CASUPA

Casupá is a town in the Florida Department of southern-central Uruguay, located on Route 7, around 105 kilometres (65 mi) northeast of Montevideo.

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COLONIA DEL SACRAMENTO

Colonia del Sacramento is a city in southwestern Uruguay, across the Río de La Plata from Buenos Aires. It is known for its cobblestoned Barrio Histórico, lined with buildings from its time as a Portuguese settlement. Set above the historic district is the 19th-century Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, offering sweeping river views. Nearby lies the Portón de Campo, remnants from the old city walls.

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FRAY BENTOS

Fray Bentos is the capital city of the Río Negro Department, in south-western Uruguay. Its port on the Uruguay River is one of the nation's most important harbours.

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JAGUARAO-RIO BRANCO

Rio Branco/Jaguarão is a border town separating Uruguay with the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul.

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MALDONADO

Maldonado is the capital of the Maldonado Department of Uruguay. It is located on Route 39 and shares borders with Punta del Este to the south. East of the city flows the stream Arroyo Maldonado, from which the town gets its name.

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MONTEVIDEO

Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital, is a major city along Montevideo Bay. It revolves around Plaza de la Independencia, once home to a Spanish citadel. This square leads to Ciudad Vieja (the old town), with art deco buildings, colonial homes and landmarks including the towering Palacio Salvo and the neoclassical performance hall Solís Theatre. Mercado del Puerto is an old port market filled with many steakhouses.

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PIRIAPOLIS

Piriápolis is a city on southern Uruguay’s Atlantic coast. One of the country’s earliest resorts, it is known for its belle époque–style buildings, like the waterfront Argentino Hotel. Near yacht-filled Piriápolis harbor, a chairlift leads up Cerro San Antonio, a hill with a small whitewashed chapel and a lookout point. The waterfront promenade of Rambla de los Argentinos curves around the bay and Piriápolis Beach.

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PUNTA DEL ESTE

Punta del Este is a resort city on a narrow peninsula in southeast Uruguay. Brava Beach is known for its strong surfing waves as well as “The Hand,” a giant sculpture of 5 fingers emerging from the sand. On the west coast, Mansa Beach has calm, shallow waters. Local handicrafts are sold at Plaza Artigas, near Avenida Gorlero’s upscale stores. The 19th-century lighthouse at the peninsula’s southern tip has a viewing platform.

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TRENTA Y TRES

Treinta y Tres is a small town located on the banks of the Olimar River, in eastern Uruguay.

CASUPA

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Casupá is a town in the Florida Department of southern-central Uruguay, located on Route 7, around 105 kilometres (65 mi) northeast of Montevideo.

COLONIA DEL SACRAMENTO

Uruguay-Colonia-del-Sacramento-Cars-from-the-roaring-_20s!-6501 COVER

Colonia del Sacramento is a city in southwestern Uruguay, across the Río de La Plata from Buenos Aires. It is known for its cobblestoned Barrio Histórico, lined with buildings from its time as a Portuguese settlement. Set above the historic district is the 19th-century Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, offering sweeping river views. Nearby lies the Portón de Campo, remnants from the old city walls.

FRAY BENTOS

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Fray Bentos is the capital city of the Río Negro Department, in south-western Uruguay. Its port on the Uruguay River is one of the nation's most important harbours.

JAGUARAO-RIO BRANCO

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Rio Branco/Jaguarão is a border town separating Uruguay with the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul.

MALDONADO

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Maldonado is the capital of the Maldonado Department of Uruguay. It is located on Route 39 and shares borders with Punta del Este to the south. East of the city flows the stream Arroyo Maldonado, from which the town gets its name.

MONTEVIDEO

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Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital, is a major city along Montevideo Bay. It revolves around Plaza de la Independencia, once home to a Spanish citadel. This square leads to Ciudad Vieja (the old town), with art deco buildings, colonial homes and landmarks including the towering Palacio Salvo and the neoclassical performance hall Solís Theatre. Mercado del Puerto is an old port market filled with many steakhouses.

PIRIAPOLIS

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Piriápolis is a city on southern Uruguay’s Atlantic coast. One of the country’s earliest resorts, it is known for its belle époque–style buildings, like the waterfront Argentino Hotel. Near yacht-filled Piriápolis harbor, a chairlift leads up Cerro San Antonio, a hill with a small whitewashed chapel and a lookout point. The waterfront promenade of Rambla de los Argentinos curves around the bay and Piriápolis Beach.

PUNTA DEL ESTE

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Punta del Este is a resort city on a narrow peninsula in southeast Uruguay. Brava Beach is known for its strong surfing waves as well as “The Hand,” a giant sculpture of 5 fingers emerging from the sand. On the west coast, Mansa Beach has calm, shallow waters. Local handicrafts are sold at Plaza Artigas, near Avenida Gorlero’s upscale stores. The 19th-century lighthouse at the peninsula’s southern tip has a viewing platform.

TRENTA Y TRES

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Treinta y Tres is a small town located on the banks of the Olimar River, in eastern Uruguay.

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