Uruguay

Key Country Facts

Population: 3.3 million
Historical & Interesting Facts:

“Uruguay” is an indigenous Guarani word meaning “river of the colorful bird”!

Top Activities and Places to Visit:

Plaza Independencia, mausoleum of Jose Artiga, Montevideo, Pocitos Beach

Other Information:

Major exports: beer, soybeans, cellulose, rice, wheat, wood, dairy products, and wool.

The Capital of Uruguay is Montevideo. Uruguay gained independence in 1828. Roughly 3,351,016 Uruguayans live here (2016). The official language is Spanish. Also spoken is Brasilero, a mixed variety of Portuguese and Spanish spoken on the Brazilian border. Here I am 2 hours ahead of EST. Uruguayans practice Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.

When visiting travelers will enjoy the Plaza Independencia, the mausoleum of Uruguayan hero, Jose Artiga. Travelers will also enjoy beaches in the capital like Pocitos.

A fun fact is that “Uruguay” is an indigenous Guarani word meaning “river of the colorful bird”.

Jim's Mile Marker

UN Recognized Countries

193

Countries Visited

150

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