South & Latin America » Uruguay
Cities in Uruguay
|Colonia del Sacramento||Montevideo||Punta del Este|
Location: South America
International country code: 598
International access code: 00
Area: 176,215 km² / 68,037 sq mi.
Currency: 1 Uruguayan Peso (urug$) = 100 Centésimos
Religions: 75% Roman Catholic
Climate: Winters are cold and wet with frequent rainfall. Summers are very hot. Best time to visit from Apr-Oct.
Important gay cities: Montevideo
Homosexuality is not illegal in Uruguay. There are no specific laws against homosexuality. The age of consent is 18. In August 2003 a new law came in force protecting members of sexual minorities from "physical and printed homophobic abuse". A prison sentence can be enforced against perpetrators. On the other hand, there are some laws put into effect by the authorities "to protect the society from acts against decency". Practice of any sexual act in public can be punished with up to 24 hours detention. Congress passed a law permitting registered partnerships in November 2007. It is a prerequisite that the couples in question have been together for at least five years. The law covers old age pension rights, inheritance law and the rearing of children. Although same-sex couples have no access to marriage in Uruguay, couples who were legally married in other countries can have their marriages recognized here, thanks to a June 2012 ruling by the Constitutional Court. Same-sex marriage has been in force since August 2013, having been passed by the parliament and senate with large majorities. Montevideo has an old architectural heritage, with beautiful squares and green areas. The city has a very dynamic cultural life throughout the year, particularly in February during the Carnival that includes many other activities. Gay life in Montevideo is exciting and offers a vast variety of places of amusement exclusively for gay men. The best season to visit Uruguay is summer (October to April). Especially attractive for the visitor is the bathing resort Punta del Este, known as the "Star of the Golden Coast". Tourists from all over the world come to enjoy the sea sport facilities, as well as the night life in casinos and discos. Close to Punta del Este is the nudist beach "Chihuahua", with large stretches of white sand and dense green forests.
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