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Street in Montevideo

Street in Montevideo

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Montevideo, the capital and largest city of Uruguay, is set along the Rio de la Plata, across from Argentina. Thanks to its harbour, the city has one of the most important ports in the American continent.




The summermonths of November to April are warm, sometimes hot, with temperatures around 28 °C to 30 °C during the day on average and around 18 °C at night. During the wintermonths of June to September temperatures average between 15 °C and 20 °C during the day, dropping around or just below 10 °C at night. Rainfall is spread out throughout the year quite evenly, averaging around 80 mm a month. The autumn months of March and April are just a little wetter.

Avg Max28.4 °C27.5 °C25.5 °C22 °C18.6 °C15.1 °C15 °C16.2 °C18 °C20.5 °C23.7 °C26.5 °C
Avg Min18 °C17.9 °C16.2 °C12.9 °C10.2 °C7.7 °C7.2 °C7.8 °C9.1 °C11.5 °C14.2 °C16.3 °C
Rainfall86.8 mm101.5 mm104.6 mm85.5 mm89 mm83.1 mm86.4 mm88.2 mm93.9 mm108.5 mm89.3 mm84.4 mm
Rain Days88889910881098



Getting There

By Plane

Uruguay's primary airport is Montevideo-Carrasco International Airport (MVD), which serves flights to and from North and Central America, the rest of South America, and Spain. PLUNA Airlines (website in Spanish) is the national airline, and operates flights to Asuncion, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Córdoba, Curitiba, Florianópolis, Foz do Iguacu, Porto Alegre, Punta del Este, Bariloche, Rosario and Santiago de Chile. Several other airlines have destinations throughout South America as well, and to cities like Miami, Panama City and Madrid.

By Bus

There are regular bus connections to all major cities and towns in Uruguay, including to Punta del Este and Colonia del Sacramento, the two popular coastal cities.

By Boat

Buquebus has connections to/from Buenos Aires.





Aramaya Hotel18 de Julio 1103Hotel73
Che Lagarto Hostel MontevideoCalle Plaza Independencia 713HOSTEL-
El Viajero-Ciudad Vieja HostelItuzaingo 1436Hostel83
Hispano HotelConvención 1317Hotel83
Hotel ArapeyAv. Uruguay 925Hotel79
Hotel PalacioBartolomé Mitre 1364Hotel87
Montevideo HostelCanelones 935Hostel-
Palermo ArtHostelGaboto 1010Hostel-
Planet Montevideo HostelCanelones 1095 esq. ParaguayHostel85
Pocitos HostelAvenida Sarmiento 2641, esq. Fco. Aguilar PocitosHostel83
Posada al SurPerez castellano 1424Guesthouse84
Red Hostel MontevideoSan Jose 1406 (Corner Santiago de Chile)Hostel-
Una Noche Mas B & BPatria 712 app. 2 Punta CarretasGUESTHOUSE87
Unplugged Hostel PocitosLuis de la Torre 930Hostel77
Punto Berro HostelPedro Francisco Berro 1320Hostel80
IberiaMaldonado 1097Hotel85
Boulevard Sarandi HostelSarand 405 esq ZabalaHOSTEL78
El Viajero - Downtown Hostel & SuitesDireccion Soriano 1073HOSTEL84
Splendido HotelBartolome Mitre 1314HOTEL82
Punta Trouville ApartFrancisco Vidal 726Apartment-
La Puerta NegraCallle Durazno 1525Hostel-
Punta Trouville SuitesJuan María Pérez 2957Apartment-
Piedras de Afilar Art Hostel Montevideo1261 Andes st. Between Soriano st. and San Jose st.Hostel-
Arriba HostelRoque Graseras 739Hostel-
LaPerezPerez Castellano 1381GUESTHOUSE-
Hostel Portones de CarrascoPedro Murillo 5826HOSTEL-
Montevideo UpRiachuelo 175HOSTEL-
Our House B&BStella Maris M.336 S.2 Parque de Solymar Ciudad de la CostaGuesthouse-
Atlas Hostel MontevideoConstituyente 1674Hostel-
Willy Fogg HostelC/ Maldonado 977HOSTEL80
Escuela de Rock21 de Setiembre 2627HOSTEL-
Montevideo Port HostelBartolomé Mitre 1535HOSTEL79
Buen CaminoDr. Joaquin Requena 1518HOSTEL-
Dolce Vita HostelSoriano 1536 esq. SaltoHOSTEL83
Destino2626 de Marzo 1125HOSTEL86
Puerto Verde HostelJose M. Montero 2948 Punta CarretasHOSTEL-
Los Jardines Colgantes de Babilonia HostelSarandi 310 - Ciudad ViejaHOSTEL82
Ibirapita MontevideoDoctor Salvador Ferrear Serra 2265HOSTEL-
Ukelele HostelMaldonado 1183HOSTEL87
Live MVD HostelMaldonado 1790 Esquina YaroHOSTEL81
Mvd ColonialSalto 1282 Montevideo, CP.11200Hostel-
Impecable HostelAndes 1294 MontevideoHOSTEL-
UYHome Bed & BreakfastBlanes Viale 6337 CarrascoGUESTHOUSE-
Montevideo Chic HostelPiedras 597GUESTHOUSE84
Contraluz ArtHostelJackson 865HOSTEL-
Hostel Urbano MontevideoArenal Grande 1428HOSTEL-
Hotel ViaParkRambla & 11th Parque Del PlataHOTEL-
Casa Sarandi GuesthouseBuenos Aires 558 apt 301 MontevideoGUESTHOUSE-
Che Lagarto Hostels MontevideoColonia 2063HOSTEL84




Keep Connected


Antel is the only provider of landline Internet service, while Dedicado is the main provider of fixed wireless Internet service. WiFi is ubiquitous and can be found in virtually all decent hotels as well as many restaurants, cybercafes, and shopping malls.

Antel WiFi hotspots are normally available only to Antel landline Internet subscribers, unless you are in a place with free service like Carrasco International Airport, in which case a public username and password for free access are prominently posted and always username: antel password:wifi. Dedicado WiFi hotspots are free for everyone.


See also International Telephone Calls

Uruguay's country code is +598. Montevideo and suburbs have phone numbers beginning in two, while the rest of the country has phone numbers beginning with 4.

The national landline telephone monopoly is Antel, which provides all public pay phones and is also the sole provider of landline Internet service. Although Antel pay phones only take Antel's proprietary magnetic cards, it is possible to use international calling cards to call home by taking the phone off the hook, waiting for a dial tone, and dialing the correct access code. However, note that many public pay phones are not properly maintained. If you do not hear a touch tone emitted for each key, that means the phone is defective and you must try another one. Antel also operates a cell phone network, and in this field competes with two private companies, Movistar and Claro. All three have numerous kiosks and stores throughout the country. The standard is GSM and both the European (1800 MHz) and North American (1900 MHz) frequencies are used.


The national postal service is Correo Uruguay. Most of their post offices are very hard to find and are open from 9:00 am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday; some are open from 9 am to 12 pm on Saturdays. Letterboxes for depositing outbound mail are made out of cheap blue translucent plastic and are extremely difficult to find outside of post offices. Some post offices have three boxes: one for the local city, one for domestic mail ("interior") and one for international ("exterior"). Uruguayan letterboxes are designed only for indoor use. Keep in mind that Correos licenses many retailers, such as pharmacies, as postal agents, and letterboxes can sometimes be found around those agents' premises as well. If you want to send packages overseas, check international companies like FedEx, DHL or UPS, as they have competitive rates and are fast.


Quick Facts


  • Latitude: -34.894119
  • Longitude: -56.067451


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