The Republica Oriental del Uruguay is situated
in South America, bordering Brazil in the north and east
and Argentina in the west and in the southeast the Atlantic
Ocean.The name comes from the guarani language and means
river of the painted birds. It is the second
smallest nation of South America and is one of the most
stable considering the political and economical facts.
The official language is Spanish.
Colonia del Sacramento
Govern and Politic
In Uruguay there
is a mixed or semi-representative democracy in which dominates
the representative character of the govern and certain ways
of direct govern (such as, referendums and plebiscites).Democracy
has deep roots in the Uruguayan population. They learnt
how to deal with problem by avoiding violence and choosing
for the ballot box.
Economy of Uruguay
The national currancy
is the "Uruguayan Peso". The Uruguayan economy is based
on cattle production: meat, wool, leather and other sub-products
are the major exports. Growing crops has less relevance,
some of these are: line, rice and sugar beet. There are
not many mineral resources but the industry has grown due
to the importation of oil and organic matter. The main industry
is foodstuff, followed by textile and chemical industry.
Besides, the motorways are good and tourism is quickly improving.
Tourism and financial services are important economical
resources.As in other countries of the region, in the '90's
many state reforms were made. Traditionally, Uruguay has
high levels of education, social welfare and health care.
Weather in Uruguay
is higher up on the north due to the diminution of the latitude
(from 35º to 30º). Because of the influence of
the sea, the isotherms go up from SE to NW. In Montevideo
the hottest month is January and the coldest is July, with
an average difference of 12º C. The maximum temperatures
are of nearly 15º C in winter and 32º C in summer.
The month when there are less rainy days is December all
along the country, more or less of 100 mm. Foggy days are
frequent in winter, mainly on the south and in the center
of the country. The media of humidity is of 70% and 75%.
The foggiest month is July, the media in this month is of
80%, and the driest month is January, 65%.
Punta del Diablo
Seasons in Uruguay
Summer from 21
December to 21 March.
Autumn from 21 March to 21 June.
Winter from 21 June to 21 September.
Spring from 21 September to 21 December
Demography of Uruguay
population is mainly constituted by group of immigrants.
The Indian groups have almost disappeared, that is why,
nowadays, and the majority of the Uruguayans are Spanish
and Italian descendants and just a few guaranies and Africans.
There is a population of about 4 million people.
Religion of Uruguay
country. There is absolute cult liberty. Most people practice
Catholicism, 66%, even though most of them do not practice
it. 2% are Protestants and 1% Jew. Nearly 31% of the population
does not practice any religion.
Culture of Uruguay
The main characteristics of the Uruguayan education are:
laicism, compulsory and complete free as it was proclaimed
by Jose Pedro Varela.
The rioplatense music is essentially Tango (and its little
sister, la milonga) but Uruguay has also exclusive rhythms
such as, Candombe y Murga which has its peak moment in the
"llamadas" of Carnival.
Among the musicians and singers we must mention Carlos Gardel,
Julio Sosa, Jaime Roos, Jorge Drexler, Eduardo Mateo, Ruben
Rada and Alfredo Zitarrosa.
In painting we must mention, Juan Manuel Blanes, Joaquin
Torres Garcia, Carlos Saez, Rafael Barradas, Pedro Figari,
Carmelo de Arzadum, Ernesto Laroche, Felipe Seade and Jose
Here we must mention, Juan Manuel Ferrari, Manuel Pena,
Jose Belloni, Jose Luis Zorrilla de San Martin, Carlos Moler
de Berg, G. Fonseca y G. Cabrera.
Poetry was born due to Bartolome Hidalgo who began the "gauchesca"
poetry and author of the famous "cielitos". The romantics
are represented by Adolfo Berro.
resort is located 45 kms from Montevideo, 20 kms from Carrasco
international airport and 100 kms from Punta del Este.
Because of its houses with lovely gardens, its awesome beaches
and its tourist infrastructure plenty of facilities, Atlántida
is an excellent place to enjoy an unforgettable vacations.
It is a town characterized by the tranquillity, security
and the warmth of its people.
This holiday resort has leafy forest of pines and eucalyptus,
a sea with waters of high salinity, a Casino and the Country
Club (center of social splendid meetings) It is possible
doing aquatic sports such as surf, ski, swimming, the sailing,
etc, and also it is a great place to fishing. There is as
well a zoo for children, sports courts and horses to ride
in the beach.
It is one of the first resorts that was founded in the Uruguayan
cost where still today old and picturesque houses are conserved
with balconies to the sea. Its geographical situation allows,
from the town, having a great view of all the cliffs and
sea to the east and the west that combines with the romanticism
architecture styles of its houses.
It is important to highlight the beaches that combine air
without pollution, very fine and white sands with enormous
dunes and nature in pure state.
Atlántida allow you to have a wonderful life surrounded
by the nature that invites to rest combating the stress
of the life in the big cities.
Carnival - Candombe
capital of Uruguay and its Montevideo Department, on the
Rio de la Plata, in the southern part of the country. A
spacious community with broad boulevards, it is the nation's
largest city and its principal economic, administrative,
and cultural center.
It is one of the major ports of South America and the governmental,
financial, and commercial center of Uruguay. Much of the
S Atlantic fishing fleet is based in Montevideo, and Uruguay's
exports-frozen and canned meats and fish, wool, and grains-pass
through the port. The city has industries producing textiles,
dairy items, wines, and packaged meats; there are oil refineries
and railway factories. Tourism is also important.
Today Montevideo is spacious, modern, and attractive, with
broad, tree-lined boulevards, numerous beautiful parks,
and fine buildings and residences. Notable among the parks
is the Prado, which, with its lovely botanical gardens containing
many thousands of plant species, is a popular promenade;
among the impressive buildings are the cabildo [city hall],
the legislative palace, the government palace, and the cathedral.
Montevideo is the seat of Uruguay's two universities. There
are fine beaches and luxurious hotels along the Plata estuary
east to Punta del Este and Atlántida on the Atlantic
Ocean (Text taken from Columbia Encyclopedia) .
Casa Pueblo - Punta Ballena
Tango in Montevideo