After years of reasonable stability, the Uruguay peso weakened significantly against the dollar in the last week. It’s not great news for your average Uruguayan, but if you have US dollars to spend, then you’re going to find that they are going to go much further than in previous years.
The exchange rate at the time of writing is 42 Uruguayan pesos to the US dollar.
Here is an unscientific list to give you an idea what you are likely to spend while on holiday in Montevideo. Prices in the interior are lower the further north you go. Prices at certain beach resorts will be (significantly) higher during high season.
What eating out costs in Uruguay
- Main course 280-750 pesos
- Dessert 150-300 pesos
- A cup of coffee 60-140 pesos
- A glass of wine 120-150 pesos
- A pint of craft beer 140-200 pesos
These prices are typical of any number of great little lunch-time restaurants with gourmand intentions at affordable prices.
Epicureans can delight that top end restaurants have pricing that is pretty similar. I’ve had readers from New York tell me that they would have paid five times the price for similar offerings in their home town.
Budget travellers should note that cheap restaurants are not much cheaper.
[Article first published: May 1, 2017, last updated at the date above]
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