Uruguay

Uruguay

Etymology

The name of the namesake river comes from the Spanish pronunciation of the regional Guarani word for it. There are several interpretations, including “bird-river” (“the river of the urú”, via Charruan, urú being a common noun of any wild fowl). The name could also refer to a river snail called uruguá (Pomella megastoma) that was plentiful in the water. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Actividades Optimistas – We will go next to the cinema, to make a picnic, to workshops, to the theater, all social activity that implies emotional and personal growth. In addition we are going to offer you tools of the Positive Psychology (the science of the well-being) Spaces to integrate, make friends and also to learn. We are waiting for you to grow together. [meetup]

Cafe Literario Oriental- Club de Lectura – This is a group of people interested in reading, to share what you left in the soul, in the mind and in dreams the books we read. [meetup]

Club de Fútbol La Wafflera – We organize Open 5 football games to whoever wants to add up every week. [meetup]

Embajadores BiiaLab Uruguay – Welcome entrepreneurs !!! We are a collective community based on generosity that fosters education and entrepreneurship. We are democratizing education, making prevail over intellect. [meetup]

Meetup de Caminata Nordica Montevideo – The Nordic Walking or Nordic Walking is a new sport in Uruguay. The objective of the group is to meet us to learn the technique of the Nordic Walk and to make trips through the rambla, parks, beaches and avenues of Montevideo and surroundings. [meetup]

Montevideo Freelancers Meetup – Meetup for freelancers of all kinds of shape, color and silhouette. We get together to take one, do catharsis and think about cute things to create. [meetup]

Rambla Runs MVD – The group is open for all levels of runners (marathon, 10k to 5k walkers). We’ll get together once a week or so: we’ll always start together, we’ll each run at their own speed, and the end of the run will be in a pub / restaurant / cafe. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Connecting Singles – Have you tried all the traditional ways to find someone special in Uruguay? Are you tired of the Uruguay bar & club scene, coming home to an empty house, lonely tables-for-one at those romantic Uruguay restaurants, disastrous blind dates set up by your matchmaking friends, Uruguay local singles groups, singles events and meetings with no results?? [connecting singles]

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Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Airo Tour – Montevideo is home to half of the population in Uruguay and the bustling, vibrant heart of the country. It is a great place to stay a few days, to submerge yourself in Uruguayan culture. What better way to get to know the city than on a free tour of Montevideo? Only a local can show you the most beautiful and interesting places in the City. [airo tour]

Free Walking Tour- MVD – Get to know the history and anecdotes of the city in an economic way, together with our highly qualified guides. / Enjoy & Learn about our Old City. [facebook]

Tours by Locals – The founding process started in 1724. On our 4 hour Tour we will see the historic Spanish Colonial sites, as the 1805 year old Cathedral and Town Hall, the pedestrian Sarandí Street which was the main street in 1880. [tours by locals]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Beef up on the Oxo cube – Not many people may know this but the humble Oxo cube was invented in Uruguay. Today, you can contemplate the international impact of this stock cube, which was manufactured here and prized by everyone from Edmund Hillary to WWI troops, by visiting the Museo de la Revolución Industrial. This 19th-century meat processing plant-turned-museum is in Fray Bentos, where another gastronomic icon was born: corned beef. [world travel guide]

Experience a Uruguayan football match – Wedged between two of the world’s great footballing nations, Argentina and Brazil, Uruguayans are also passionate about the beautiful game. Attend a match and share in the uniquely South American carnival spirit on the terraces. Serious fans can also visit the Museo del Fútbol in the Estadio Centenario, the Montevideo stadium where Uruguay’s national team won the first World Cup in 1930. [world travel guide]

Have a soak in Salto’s hot springs – Northwest Uruguay is home to one of the world’s most important underground aquifers, producing warm medicinal springs. Near the town of Salto are some wonderful spas where you can wash off the Pampas dust, including the remote and tranquil Termas de Arapey, the family-friendly Termas de Daymán, or the Termas de San Nicanor. [world travel guide]

Hit Montevideo’s markets – Savour the racks of roasting meat and vegetables at Montevideo’s Mercado del Puerto, a popular lunch spot in an old covered market by the waterfront, and get lost in a sea of street vendors at Montevideo’s Tristán Narvaja market, just east of downtown. Every Sunday several city blocks are filled with stalls selling everything from antiques to jewellery to live birds. [world travel guide]

Join Montevideo’s Carnival frenzy – Get swept up by the joyous dancing and drumming in the streets every February during Montevideo’s exuberant Afro-Uruguayan Carnival. Although celebrated throughout the country, the capital hosts the best carnival festivities, with its roots in the Candomble beliefs of the African slaves brought here by the Spanish. The main events take place over two days before Mardi Gras, but many locals take the whole week to join in the fun. [world travel guide]

Meander around Montevideo, Uruguay’s stylish capital – Enjoy the eclectic mix of colonial, European and modern influences in Uruguay’s capital. Walk around the palm-shaded plazas of the Ciudad Vieja (Old Town), see the fascinating Gaucho Museum, the Carnival Museum and cool off in appealing beach suburbs such as Playa Carrasco, east of town. [world travel guide]

Party with the jet set of Punta del Este – Spend the day parasailing, windsurfing, waterskiing, sport fishing or lounging on the long sandy beaches at Punta del Este, one of South America’s most exclusive resorts. And when the sun goes down, put on your party togs and shimmy with the rich and famous at Punta’s chic nightclubs, in Punta Ballena and La Barra. [world travel guide]

Relive the border battles at Santa Teresa and San Miguel – Get a feel for the historic conflict between Spanish and Portuguese forces at the fortresses of Santa Teresa and San Miguel near the northeastern town of Chuy close to the Brazilian border. Built in the 18th century, today the fortresses have been completely restored and are open to visitors, offering an impressive experience of the region’s colonial past. [world travel guide]

Saddle up with the gauchos on an Estancia – Go for a horse ride, stargaze by the barbecue and get a taste of gaucho life at one of Uruguay’s tourist estancias, dozens of which are dotted all over the vast pampas. Two of the best are San Pedro de Timote and La Sirena, or if you fancy trying an authentic experience some ranches offer working stays, such as the Estancia El Silencio. [world travel guide]

Sample Uruguay’s Swiss cheeses – Low-lying, temperate Uruguay may hardly be comparable to the Alps, but thousands of visitors each year seek out the fine dairy products in the 19th-century Swiss settlement of Nueva Helvecia (formerly Colonia Suiza: Swiss Colony), west of the capital. The town also features Swiss-style hotels and restaurants, which are popular with locals and homesick Europeans alike. [world travel guide]

See a tango at Teatro Solís – Attend a concert, play, or tango performance at Montevideo’s renovated 19th-century opera house, Teatro Solís; or enjoy live music and dance at one of the city’s dozens of other nightspots, with many clustered along Ciudad Vieja’s pedestrianised areas, as well as in Punta Carretas and Pocitos. [world travel guide]

Stay in Casapueblo, a ‘liveable sculpture’ – Carlos Paéz Vilaró was one of Uruguay’s foremost abstract artists and you can visit one of his most famous works: the extravagantly whimsical art studio, Casapueblo. This nine-story whitewashed ‘liveable sculpture’ cascades down the cliffs of Punta Ballena, near Punta del Este. The remarkable complex now also includes a gallery, museum, cafe and a hotel. [world travel guide]

Stroll along the Rambla – For an unforgettable slice of Montevideo life, take a weekend stroll along the Rambla (riverfront promenade), where you’ll find joggers, windsurfers and throngs of sociable locals cradling thermoses of mate (herb tea) as they chat with friends on the beach. Go at dusk to see a stunning sunset over the Rio del Plata. [world travel guide]

Surf the South Atlantic at Punta del Diablo – Ride the waves and wander the endless sandy beaches at the low-key Atlantic resort of Punta del Diablo, then head south to the perfect surf breaks of La Paloma and La Pedrera. Punta del Diablo is a quiet fishing village for most of the year, but every summer it fills up with diehard surfers and other adventurers kept busy with dune surfing, horseback riding and jeep forest safaris. [world travel guide]

Visit Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay’s historic treasure – Colonia del Sacramento’s cobblestoned streets and sycamore-shaded plazas are perfect for whiling away a lazy day. Enter this ancient treasure via the reconstructed city gate, the Portón de Campo, and spend the day browsing art galleries, dining in cosy restaurants and kicking back in cafes. Come nightfall, watch sunset over the Río de la Plata. [world travel guide]

Watch the wildlife – Uruguay’s vast empty landscapes are a nature-lover’s paradise. Trek over sand dunes to see the lighthouse and abundant marine life at Cabo Polonio on the Atlantic coast. Observe the rich array of bird life at one of eastern Uruguay’s coastal lagoons, including Laguna de Rocha near La Paloma, Laguna de Castillos near Barra de Valizas, and Laguna Negra near Punta del Diablo. [world travel guide]

Festivals

Festivals

All Saints’ Day/Day of the Dead (Día de Todos los Santos/Día de Muertos) – Bizarre to the rest of the world, Dia de Muertos is, nevertheless, one of South America’s and Uruguay’s biggest celebrations. Families visit the graveyards to pay respect to loved ones, but in typical Latino fashion, the festival is vibrant and colorful, with skeleton-themed paraphernalia adorning the streets. All Saint’s Day, which remembers the patron saints and dead infants, is celebrated on November 1, with the Day of the Dead following on the next day. [iexplore]

Candlemas (Día de la Candelaria) – A religious holiday celebrating the presentation of Jesus to the temple 40 days after his birth on February 2, many households hold parties and colorful processions at Candlemas. Dancing and live music are popular events held throughout the day. [iexplore]

Carnaval and Las Llamadas – Late February/early March see the most spectacular festival of Latin America’s calendar, and is one of the best times of the year to visit Uruguay. No matter where you go, it is virtually impossible to escape the party once it is in full-swing. The most elaborate and hedonistic celebrations occur in Montevideo where everyone pulls out their fancy costumes and puts away their inhibition. The dancing, drink, and debauchery goes on for days, with music, dancing, fireworks, and huge parades. Las Llamadas is celebrated by Uruguay’s black community during the same week. [iexplore]

Epiphany (Epifanía) – While everybody else is recovering from Christmas and New Year attempting to stick to their resolutions and hitting the gym, the Uruguayan’s are preparing for the next big festival on their calendar, Epifanía. Held on the eve of January 6, it is a big family event with presents exchanged and large meals prepared. Traditionally it marks the beginning of the country’s carnival season. [iexplore]

Holy Week (Semana Santa) – Another big family event starting on Easter weekend, Semana Santa is a time when most Uruguayan’s head back to their relative’s homes or go on vacation. It is vivaciously celebrated in the central city Montevideo, where many parades are held, and is one of the capital’s most significant festivals. [iexplore]

Independence Day (Día de la Independencia) – One of Uruguay’s most revered public holidays, the anniversary of the country’s independence from the Spanish and Portuguese colonial power achieved in 1825 falls on August 25. The festivities start during the afternoon and in certain places such as Montevideo, rage on until the early hours of the morning. [iexplore]

Natalicio de Artigas – Held on June 19, Natalicio de Artigas celebrates and commemorates the life of the father of Uruguayan independence, Jose Gervasio Artigas. It’s a great day to be in Uruguay, with pride and nationalism spilling out on to the streets of every city, town, and village in the country. Parades, street festivals, dancing, and music provide a truly exhilarating patriotic experience. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Bus Service – If traveling through Uruguay with transport other than an automobile (the best way to go) you most likely will be on a bus. If in capital city Montevideo, you will be departing from Tres Cruces International Bus Terminal. [south america living]

Car Rental – Renting a car in Uruguay may be one of the few ‘tourist-related’ activities that is cheaper than in Argentina. Economy cars (especially when rented outside of the main cities and not in summer) are $50-$60 USD and drop-off fees minimal. You can rent using your home country-issued Driver’s License or with an International Driver’s Permit. [south america living]

Taxis – Taxis are available everywhere and a safe transport option. Cab fares vary depending on location. (Montevideo the priciest, local cab companies in outlying towns lowest cost) and the time of year. During high season such as summer (January to March) and during carnival (end of February or March) fees can nearly double; especially for tourists. [south america living]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

DevOps MVD – We are planning new meetups from September, meanwhile we invite you to join DevOps Slack. [meetup]

Google Developers Group (GDG) Montevideo – Google Developers Group (GDG) Montevideo. We are a developer community with the goal of sharing knowledge and experiences around the ecosystem of Google technologies. [meetup]

GUG Montevideo – Generating and sharing knowledge for all friends of the GeneXus Community. [meetup]

iOS Dev UY – If you are a manzanita lover this group is for you! The idea is to get together once every two months to talk about development on Apple platforms (iOS, OS X, Safari Extensions, Xcode, Objective-C, Swift) as well as to see what new things there are in the apple world and happen a good time! [meetup]

The Montevideo Javascript Meetup Group – This is a group for anyone interested in js, html, css and nodejs. Our GitHub. [meetup]

The Montevideo MySQL Meetup Group – The goal is to provide a friendly and informal environment so users of the MySQL database server and related technologies and share experiences and best practices, among other things. Activity will be in spanish unless specified. [meetup]

The Montevideo Python Meetup Group – We seek to gather python programmers in Montevideo. [meetup]

Tryolabs Engineering Events – Check out what is going on at Tryolabs’ related fields: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Python, JS & iOS development. [meetup]

Uruguay Salesforce Developer Group – The idea of this group is to gather Salesforce developers to share experiences and network. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Uruguay Expat Life – We publish the popular Uruguay Expat Life website with accurate, honest, first-hand experience life in Uruguay as an expat, as an immigrant to Uruguay. [facebook]

Your Expat Community in Uruguay – Hola! and a warm welcome to the expat community in Uruguay! InterNations is a private online network for expats all over the world to connect and share their experiences living abroad. Whether you are in the process of moving to Uruguay or have just made the move, the our expat community in Uruguay is your first port of call. [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Lesbianas 40+ : grupo de red social, cultural y profesional – This group gives lesbians over 40 years of age the opportunity to meet and share social, cultural, and professional networking activities. [meetup]

Resources

Resources

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