The República Oriental del Uruguay is located in the Sourthern Cone of South America. The boundaries are: to the North and Northeast, Brazil, to the West Argentina and to the South the Rio de la Plata and the Atlantic Ocean. Uruguay is 176.215 km2 (square kilometers) in area and the population is 3.300.000 inhabitants. Literacy rate is almost 97% of the population. The climate is temperate
maritime with no extreme temperatures. Its economy is based in agriculture and livestock and is surrounded by large farming neighbors such as Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile. Uruguay is a cosmopolitan society as a result of several successive European migrations. It is an open society with a democratic government elected by free elections
every five years and promotes tolerance of all religions or political ideologies and nondiscrimination.

Visas and vaccinations for third countries you plan to visit before or after your visit to Uruguay – please check with your travel agent or with the Secretariat


The official language in Uruguay is Spanish, but English is widely spoken, being taught at schools as a second language

Credit Cards

Major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX) are accepted at most hotels, restaurants and shops.

Travel & Health Insurance

The Organizing Committee is not responsible for health or travel insurance of participants, or for theft or persona
injury. We recommend attendees to make their own arrangements. Most hotels have emergency medical coverage.


Uruguay is a safe country for visitors. However, we recommend following the usual precautions suggested worldwide to avoid incidents

Official Time

GMT -4

Shopping Malls

PUNTA CARRETAS SHOPPING – open daily from 10am to 10pm.

MONTEVIDEO SHOPPING CENTER – open daily from 10am to 10pm


Usual tips in restaurants are 10% depending on service provided – it is not mandatory.


July is winter time in Uruguay. Temperatures range from 0ºC up to 15ºC; however days may be sunny and temperatures can go up to 20ºC at midday. It is suggested to bring winter clothes
such as coats, scarfs, gloves, etc. as it can also be windy.

Local currency and exchange

Uruguayan currency is “peso” – Exchange rate at January 2016 is $ 30 per dollar. American Dollars are widely accepted and ATM machines are all over, also Exchange Bureaux around the hotels área and Shopping Mall.

Power plugs

Uruguayan plugs are similar to European plugs. In addition, there are some Hotel plugs similar to Australian/NZ plugs.Bring your own adaptor.


Business outfit is suggested for academic activities

Links of interest

Uruguayan Tourism Ministry
Uruguayan Foreign Affairs Ministry
To contact Uruguayan Embassy or Consulate in your country