Useful Data about Montevideo, Uruguay
Montevideo is located on the banks of the Rio de la Plata, 34, 5 degrees South latitude and 56 degrees west longitude.
Montevideo covers an area of 530 square kilometers (approximately 60% is rural and 40% is urban area) and a population of 1,500,000. Montevideo is the youngest capitals of Latin America, was founded between 1724 and 1730 by the Governor of Buenos Aires, Don Bruno Mauricio de Zabala.
Montevideo is a modern metropolis that offers a wide proportion of economic activities, trade and services as well as top financial enterprises and banks plus excellent tourist attractions.
Montevideo owns the best natural harbor in South America.
Within the area of Montevideo there are 2,600 hectares of green space, of which 900 are allocated to institutions that serve and benefit the community. More than 150,000 trees line the streets and avenues in which more than 300,000 vehicles pass.
Montevideo is a city with acceptable levels of environmental quality, pollution sources and controllable population with high educational and cultural level.
Uruguay in numbers / Basic information:
• Population: ~ 3,494,000
• Uruguay Surface: 176,215 km ²
• Currency: $ - Uruguayan Peso (UYU)
• Languages spoken: Spanish, Portuñol (border with Brazil)
• Bordering Countries: Argentina, Brazil
• Capital City: Montevideo
• Headquarters of Congress / Parliament: Montevideo
• Seat of Government: Central
• President of state and government: Jose Mujica
• Voltage: 220 V / 50 Hz
• Prefix for phone calls Uruguay: +598
• Time Zone: GMT / UTC -3 hours
• Daylight saving time: 1 hour ahead from October to March.
• Internet domain:. .uy
Information about Montevideo:
Emergencies - Fire - Police or any problems you may have at home: 911
To call Uruguay from other countries:
country code + area code + phone number.
Uruguay country Code: 00598
All telephone numbers in Montevideo carry a 2 as area code, before the number.
Official time: 16
Custom Duties information: 0006
National long distance call through the operator: 120
International long distance calling to Latin America: 0007
International call long distance to other countries: 0008
Currency exchange at Montevideo:
The Uruguayan peso (UYU) is the official currency. You can exchange foreign currency in all areas of Montevideo. There are many exchange offices on Avenida 18 de Julio, with exchange rates clearly posted and visible. ATMs are all over the city including the bus terminal.
The leading exchange offices in Montevideo are:
Gales ExChange (Av 18 de Julio 1046) traveler's checks Cash.
Indumex (Bus Terminal Tres Cruces)
Loading Cell Phones, Prepaid Modem, Telecard, Western Union, etc: .www.abitab.com.uy
Banks are open from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm in Montevideo. In Shoppings (example: Montevideo or Punta Shopping Carretas Shopping, the Bank is open until 20 pm.) And 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the rest of the country.
Major banks in Montevideo are:
Banco de la Republica Oriental del Uruguay (Av. 18 de Julio No. 1670)
ABN-AMRO Bank (July 18 Av 999) face Entrevero Square.
Commercial Bank (corner of Avenida 18 de Julio and Santiago de Chile) in the eastern part of the city.
Banco de la Nacion Argentina (Juan Carlos Gomez 1378) In Old City, in Constitution St.
Medical services in Montevideo:
British Hospital (2487-1020; Av Italy 2420) is a highly recommended private hospital with excellent professionals.
Hospital Maciel (2915-3000; corner of May 25 and Maciel) is a public hospital, located in Old Town (Ciudad Vieja).
Ambulance M.S, P. (Ministry of Public Health) 105
SUAT Emergency: 133
Electricity in Montevideo
For information about power supply voltages and outlets:
Montevideo International Airport Information:
Carrasco International Airport is located approximately 18 miles from downtown Montevideo. About 50 minutes by bus (rate: about USD 10) and 30 minutes by taxi (about USD 40). The airport departure tax for international flights is set at about USD 15 (and usd 8 for flights to Argentina).
Link to Carrasco International Airport:
Uruguay Tourism Office in Montevideo:
Av. 18 de Julio and Ejido, Montevideo.
Links to transportation options:
Maritime Company of Passengers:
Taxis: Contact from your cell phone or landline: 141 for a taxi to your door.
Bus Station: www.trescruces.com.uy
Try Tour Bus throught Montevideo with a Guide and in your own language:
Mobile Companies in Uruguay:
Montevideo City: http://www.montevideo.gub.uy/
Alianza Cultural Uruguay - United States: http://www.alianza.edu.uy/
Complete Guide to the Uruguayan Government (Procedures) http://portal.gub.uy/
Uruguay Natural: http://www.uruguaynatural.com/
Newspaper El Pais: http://www.elpais.com/global/
Mercado del Puerto: http://www.mercadodelpuerto.com.uy/
Teatro Solis: www.teatrosolis.org.uy
National Museum of Visual Arts: http://www.mnav.gub.uy/cms.php
Example of money in Uruguay: Pesos 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000.