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The Big List of Why Uruguay Should Be in Your Travel Plans

Updated: Nov 21, 2020

Uruguay Should Definitely Be in Your Travel Plans and these are less well known reasons why.

The charm of Uruguay’s natural attractions brings riders from far and wide, joining us to take inspiring rides along beaches, slow the pace down and recharge the batteries.

It’s a country of change and new ideas, where the present-day people are making great strides towards improvements to everyday life that nations considered more developed grasped long after this small South American haven. Here are a few reasons to set your sights on Uruguay for your next riding vacation.

In terms of geographical size and population, Uruguay is about two-thirds the size of the UK with 61 million LESS people living within the South American country’s borders. Approximately 50% of those people live along the estuary, leaving us the whole of the countryside and coast.

Uruguay gave women the right to ask for a divorce in 1913, the right to vote in 1932, and present day laws require that all political parties include women candidates for all positions on the ballot to reform the predominately male government.

Including hydropower, Uruguay now produces more than 97 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources. By 2016, wind farms across the country had lowered electricity generation costs by more than 200 million US dollars annually.

Uruguay’s literacy rate of 98.6 percent in 2018 is on par with Austria and makes it one of the top countries in South America for its quality of education.

The average Uruguayan will spend 16 years in school; primary, secondary and public university education are free of cost, and the student-teacher ratio of 14 to one-putting the country on the same playing field as New Zealand, Spain, and Sweden. Uruguay was the first country in the world to provide every schoolchild with a free laptop and Wi-Fi access.

In 2006, Uruguay became the first country in Latin America to ban smoking in enclosed public spaces. In 2106, Uruguay won a court case against Phillip Morris over the right to restrict tobacco packaging.

Known as the “Switzerland of South America,” Uruguay is included on the list for being ranked among the world’s 20 “full democracies,” and as “the least corrupt and most democratic country in Latin America.”

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