Must Eat in Uruguay
are a great tradition here. And if you’re vegetarian, now there are even restaurants that do them sans meat. It still won’t be too healthy, but I can assure it’ll be tasty! If you want the very best, Chivitería Marcos
has the best ones and you can find one in every big city.
Dulce de leche
Give this one a try, please. It’s a sweet, rich, caramel-like spread
that will make you wish you had tried it sooner. When buying it, keep in mind that the more expensive brands are better. And if it comes in a glass jar, you know you’re buying a piece a heaven.
Also, keep an eye out for alfajores. This treat, originally an Arabic tradition, was reborn in the region using dulce de leche. Amazing!
Drink Uruguayan Mate
If you’re the adventurous type, you could drink mate. It’s a traditional beverage, prepared from steeping dried leaves of yerba mate in hot water. It’s drunk in a particular social setting, such as family gatherings or with friends. The same gourd and straw are used by everyone drinking.
Since most people don’t mind sharing, you could ask someone you see drinking it to let you try it.
Cultural Tips for Traveling in Uruguay
Being nice will get you far. Learning a few words in Spanish will, too. By saying Por favor and gracias (please and thank you), most people will help you, give directions, etc. Also, most people speak English, so don’t be too worried.
Cheap travel tips for Uruguay
In Uruguay, most museums are free, or have a really cheap entrance fee.
In almost every city you’ll find veggie and fruit stands in every corner with fresh produce at reasonable prices. Enjoy it.
If you plan on enjoying good weather but loathe paying too much I recommend avoiding January entirely and the first two weeks of February too. Some places will expect you to pay up to 1000 dollars a day! Instead, try coming in November-December or during the last weeks of February until late March. Way cheaper and you’ll find accommodation easier.