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Uruguay, land of extensive pastures and easy rolling country, farms, gauchos and tango.

Uruguay is located in the Southern Cone of South America, with neighbouring countries as Brazil in the North and Northeast, Argentina in the West and the River Plate and Atlantic Ocean in the South and Southeast.

Uruguay has a territory of 176.215 sq.kms, and 3.300.000 inhabitants, with a high literacy reaching 97 % of the population. With a temperate and generally stable climate, the main industry and commercial export is based on cattle and farming produce.

The country along with neighboring Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile, is located within one of the largest livestock regions in the world.
As a result of sucessive European inmigrations, Uruguayan Society is very cosmopolitan. With a democratic government elected every 5 years by free elections, Uruguayan open society promotes non discrimination and tolerance of all religions and political ideals.

COLONIA DEL SACRAMENTO

This city is one of the most important touristic referents of the country, receiving thousands of tourist all year long. Its outmost attraction is the Historic Quarter, one of the Cultural Patrimonies of Humanity since 1995.
The charm of walking on its uneven stone streets, where history seems to come alive, or catching the unique views of the Plata River. Besides, the city counts with a vast selections of quality hotels, with options ranging from international quality hotels to the typical inns, some of them opened in old colonial houses, as well as a wide variety of quaint restaurants. Museums, theater, art, crafts complete the range of options for the tourist. Outside the Historic Quarter, the Riverside Avenue, great for sunset watching, takes you to the Real de San Carlos, where you can visit what was the Nicolás Mihanovich Touristic Complex at the beginning of the 20th. century, which included the Bullfighting arena, the Pelota Court, the power house, the former hotel that today houses the Polytechnic Center of the South, all of it in clear architectonic contrast with the Historic Quarter, which it complements as it complements the rest of the city.

Weather:

Climate is humid and template, with an annual average temperature between 17º and 18ºC, and an annual rainfall around 1,000 mm.
This favorable conditions together with the composition of the soil, lends itself to the usage as grasslands for the industrial breeding of ovine and bovines.
In spring temperatures reach 18° C during the day, the nights may be cooler and windy.

Citizens of the following countries do not need visas:

Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Seychelles Islands Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, USA, Venezuela, Passport BNO (British National Oversea) issued by Great Britain

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