Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Countries in 2020: Uruguay


Lonely Planet has recently announced its Top 10 countries to visit in 2020. At number 10 is the South American treasure: Uruguay.

“With 660km of Río de la Plata and Atlantic shoreline, a burgeoning wine industry, bubbling hot springs and endless rolling rangelands where South America’s grandeur feels seductively tangible, Uruguay has something for everyone. The country has also proudly championed a progressive social agenda in recent years – from marijuana legalisation and the open embrace of LGBTQ+ rights to the promotion of sustainable tourism. But what visitors remember most are Uruguay’s laid-back, welcoming and down-to-earth people and the subtle but profound beauty of the country’s landscape – from the long, untamed Atlantic coastline to the boundless open spaces of the lowlands.” (Lonely Planet, 2019)

At Priavo we have created a complimentary travel risk summary for travellers hoping to visit this beautiful country.

Uruguay is considered safe. The main security threat to travellers is petty crime, which is a concern predominantly in Montevideo, and Punta del Este. It is, however, worth noting there have been reports of smash and grab robberies from cars stopped at traffic lights, as well as muggings and robberies (occasionally armed) in Uruguay’s major urban centres, so particular care should be taken.

Currently, there is no major concern relating to conflict, kidnapping or terrorism in the country. Express kidnapping (the short-term abduction of people with the objective of having them withdraw money from an ATM or taking their valuables) does occur occasionally – targeting visitors in place ‘s such as Montevideo and is something to be cautious about.

Demonstrations regularly occur in this country, but rarely turn violent. Medical facilities are of a good standard in Montevideo, but less adequate in the more rural regions.

Stay tuned for next week where we shall be releasing another travel risk summary for country number 9. 

To read further travel risk reports on our blog visit here. To check out Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Countries in 2020: Uruguay visit their website.

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