When you fly to Uruguay you'll experience a variable climate with four seasons clearly differentiated by their temperature. The average annual temperature is approximately 17.5 ºC, ranging from around 20 ºC in the north-west region to around 16 ºC on the south coast. The highest temperatures occur in January and February, and the lowest ones in June and July.
The maximum and minimum temperatures in summer (January) in Montevideo are 28 ºC and 17 ºC, respectively. The average maximum and minimum temperatures in winter (July) in Montevideo are 14 °C and 6 °C, respectively, although because of the high humidity it feels colder than it actually is. The lowest temperature ever recorded in Montevideo is −5.4 °C.
Iberia flies to the Montevideo International Airport (IATA code: MVD), also known as Carrasco, which is situated in the Canelones department, 18 kilometres from Montevideo.
You can reach the city centre by public transport and by taxi with the company “Taxi Aeropuerto de Carrasco”. The journey by taxi takes approximately 45 minutes and costs between USD 25 and USD 50, depending on the area of the city where you are going. There is also a minibus service, which costs around USD 12 per person, and a conventional bus service to the city centre every 10 to 15 minutes for around USD 2 per person.
Uruguayan cuisine is the product of a melting pot, the result of the influx of Spanish and Italian immigrants, as well as smaller volumes of French, British, German and other nationalities, between colonial times and the mid-20th century. You will therefore find fish, sea food and pasta dishes as well as pizzas. Meat, the leitmotif of our traditional cuisine, was integrated into the dishes brought by immigrants, lending them a local flavour and transforming original recipes. Today, these assorted stews form part of the family diet.
As a result of autochthonous influences, the asado and mate consumed in the rural areas by the Charrúa, Guaraní and Creole peoples before the birth of our nation have gradually been embraced in the capital by every sector of society, to the point where today asado is the most popular food and mate has become the national infusion and beverage.
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Uruguay, known as the Banda Oriental in Colonial times, is the second smallest country in South America, and the only one to be fully located entirely within a temperate zone. This means that it enjoys a stable and temperate climate throughout the year, and therefore visits to both its cities and its beaches can be planned at any time of the year.
Montevideo, the country’s capital, is worth a visit, with its Old Town filled with book shops. This is why some say that this is the country where the best writers are born per square metre. The famous Carnivals are celebrated every January and February, which is a tradition passed down from the time of African slavery, and is today one of the city’s most important festivals. Punta del Este is another must-see, boasting marvellous beaches and a spa area, making it one of the country’s top tourist destinations.
However, this is not the only area for spas and thermal waters, as they can be found all the way along the Uruguay riverbank, with the Guarani Aquifer, one of the planet’s most important water reservoirs, ranging from 38 to 46 degrees. Other interesting attractions include the Sacramento Colony, Salto, Lavalleja and Rocha.
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If you fly with Iberia to Montevideo you'll arrive at Carrasco International Airport, the country's main airport which is situated in the department of Canelones, 5.2 km from the city centre.
A range of transport companies, such as Raincoop, Ucot, Cutcsa, Copsa and Come S.A. operate regular services to different parts of the city every 15 minutes. There is also a taxi service to get to and from the airport. The average price from the airport to the centre of Montevideo is around USD 50, or 900 Uruguayan pesos.
Uruguay has a temperate, humid climate with sunny days nearly all year round. The seasons are quite mild but clearly differentiated. In spring the average temperature is 17º C, in summer 23º C, in autumn 18º C, and in winter 12º C. The summer months are the best time of year to visit Uruguay.
Temperatures can rise to 40º C in summer (December to March) and fall to -3º C in winter. In general, it tends to cool down at night.
Rainfall is irregular and the country has suffered droughts and floods throughout its history. The driest month is usually December and the wettest one March.