Uruguay is home to mixed-race people of various races and ethnicities. Today, the country also has a reputation for being one of the most tolerant countries on Earth when it comes to its racial and cultural diversity. It’s a great place to live — with some drawbacks, that is. For example, while Uruguay sometimes comes across as welcoming to immigrants, its intolerance towards certain groups leads many outsiders to believe that they are unwelcome there. In other words: very tolerant, but perhaps a little bit closed-off? Don’t let this put you off visiting the country — not at all! As long as you have your passport, ID card and proof of identity ready (e.g., a ticket or travel document), crossing borders in Uruguay can be easy, hassle-free and fun. Here are some tips for getting around the country safely and securely:
Get to know your immigration officials
As a new tourist visiting Uruguay, it’s easy to feel nervous about how you’re entering this country. Generally speaking, border agents aren’t that keen on taking applications from young tourists, so it’s easiest to avoid making an appearance if you’re over 30 years old. Likewise, you should be prepared to show up in a uniform and proper hat, as well as gloves, a flashlight and an giveme5 over-all travel bag. You may also have to show your passport to prove your identity, but that’s a separate issue — and one that’s easy to get around. If you have no idea where you’re going, or how you’re going to get there, it’s easy to become anxious. Not to worry! There are a number of ways to get around the country, and each one is easy, kind and fun.
Don’t overthink it
Uruguay is a very friendly country and there are a number of ways to get around the country without a passport. From plane to boat to train to bus, you don’t have to stress about whether or not you’re doing the right thing. If you’re overthinking it, you’re probably not prepared for the experience. In fact, you might come away from this trip with a negative view of the country and its people. One of the best things about the country, though, is not having to do all the work (and the paperwork involved) when you’re not home. You can relax and enjoy your vacation with your family — or take part in cultural or sporting activities that you’d enjoy, such as Peru’s nautical culture or South America’s beach culture.
Know the rules
One of the most important things you can do when you’re in Uruguay is to know the rules. All traffic starting or ending in the country is stopped and the vehicle headlights turned on before getting to the next intersection. Likewise, the vehicle in front of you on a crowded road is automatically the one to be passed. One of the best things about traveling within the country is that there are no specific rules and regulations specific to traveling through it. You’re more likely to get misbehaving locals — or tourists — in a rush and be offered a ride to a new destination. You should also be aware that there are a number of ways to get around the country, and each one is easy, kind and fun. You can always ask any people you meet for help.
Use transit or train
Transportation in the country is easy and cheap. You can get around the country with public transportation — which you can use to get to almost any town or city. You can also take a public bus or train — which can usually be found near where you’re staying. There are a number of ways to get around the country, and each one is easy, kind and fun. You can either take a train (usually around the hour) or a bus (usually around the half-hour). You can also walk or bike if you’re in a hurry.
Walk before you take a ride
There are a number of ways to get around the country — and it doesn’t matter whether you’re on a bike or a walking tour — you’re likely to get the same amount of use out of them all. The one thing you should absolutely avoid doing is walk while traveling within the country. Not only is it a safety concern (who knows what a vehicle door strike could do to you), but it’s also not something you want to learn how to control. You should also be aware that there are a number of ways to get around the country, and each one is easy, kind and fun. You can either walk (or cycle) if you’re in a rush or need to get somewhere quickly.
## Don’t hesitate to ask for ID if you need it
As a new tourist coming to Uruguay, you might be worried that you’re being too eager or hesitant to ask for ID. You shouldn’t be either — it’s one of the great things about the country: you can always call a border guard or official representative as soon as you get off the plane and ask for your paper and passport. You don’t even have to give the authorities your name or address to make a call like that — you can simply say, “Pronto, este está mejor que el nombre” ( Ready, I’m identified) and ask for my passport. You can also use the Internet to find official documentation for your specific needs.
## Be smart about scams and hoaxes
Uruguay is also a great place to learn how to recognize common fraud and scamming attacks. For example, one time a tourist was told that he’d won the Prix de la Cité international title when really he had to pay an entry fee to the event to even get a chance to take part. Another time, a man in a wheelchair came to the aid of a tourist who was being aggressive on the sidewalk — and only then did the authorities finally catch him. And finally, but perhaps most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask for ID if you need it. If someone gives you a hard time over something — you shouldn’t feel like you have to put up with it because they didn’t give you their real name or address. If someone gives you a hard time about something, ask them for their real name and address so you can file a report.
Be smart about scams and hoaxes
Finally, don’t be afraid to report or challenge any of the big, bad guys on the road. If you see someone advertising for rides on trains or taking money from you, say “No, no, no” or “No, no, no” until the person on the other end of the line gets the hint. Also, remember that the worse the transaction, the happier the authorities will be — so always be very sure of what you’re doing before taking any sort of payment.
Uruguay is a charming and friendly country with a great diversity of cultures and people. If you decide to go there, don’t forget to visit the museums, eat at some of the best restaurants in the city, and take part in some of the more exciting activities.