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== Sleeping out ==
Montevideo is the only city in the country where it's not recommended to sleep on the street, in the rest of the country you can sleep rough without a care. In the countryside, when camping out or walking through fields, be aware of (toxic) snakes. Football stadiums are recommended. Another option in the countryside is to do a visit to the local police office. They most likely might be bored and in many cases invite you for dinner and to sleep in the station, or to put your tent nearby.
== Food ==
''Might be useful for some hitchhikers currently travelling the country:'' The Uruguayan goverment currently provides a refund of VAT up to 22% to various tourist services such as dining, events, hotels and so on to visitors who pay with their respective foreign credit- or debit cards. (January 2014).
Don't forget to try ''alfajores'', a cookie-ish delicacy. And to maximize your experience, you'll need to drink a lot of mate. For Uruguayans, it is practically a religion. Everyone carries a thermos and a mate gourd pretty much everywhere they go. ''Me convidas con un mate?'' is a good way to start a conversation and make a new friend.
''Chivitos'' is also an excellent choice in Uruguayan food. More a fast food, it is a huge flattened sandwich, that consists of 3 to 4 kinds of vegetables with a huge piece of meat. In the countryside, the chivitos will cost around 100-130$, and in Montevideo or more touristic places, it can range from 170 to 400$ (Dec 2013).
Like in [[Argentina]], '''Uruguay''' is also known for their traditional barbecues called ''asado''. Especially in towns like [[Rivera]] or [[Tacuarembó]], barbecues starts from 6 pm and meanwhile everybody drinks, sings and dances until the meat is gone, which will be already 10 pm. Expect to eat huge amounts of meat, especially in towns. One of their favorites is probably the sausage that has cheese inside it. A delicious treat ! Again, like in Argentina, the ''dulce de leche'' is very widely known.
Vegetarians can find pasta about anywhere for 5 US$ in restaurants, as well as lots of fruits. The water for the most part is safe to drink. Dumpster diving is a dream in Uruguay, except in the big cities ([ read more]). Also, you can always ask for left overs, outside of Montevideo it works quite well ([[User:Sebastienhh|Sebastien]] got bags full of sweets, fruits, bread and more).
== Personal Experience ==
''Traffic can be very low at times, as described above. Hitchhiking around the Ciudad de la Costa east of (next to) Montevideo seems to be very difficult, several times failed in hitchhiking between Carrasco airport and Atlantida. All other roads are fine, just be aware that anywhere outside of the cities traffic gets rare fastly, mostly locals driving to the next estancia. When waiting to get a straight ride to a next, bigger city, e.g. between Melo and Tacuarembo, one can wait ages. Hopping between estancias works fine, but even seemingly short-distance trips in the countryside can take their time. Notable, though, is that [[night hitchhiking]] works pretty awesome so far, from Paysandu to Montevideo it was no problem at all, and also from Rocha to Maldonado once it took me less than a couple of minutes to score a ride (given that traffic exists at that time of day). --[[User:Platschi|Platschi]] ([[User talk:Platschi|talk]]) 22:34, 21 December 2013 (CET)
Here is a short analyze of hitchhiking in Uruguay from [[User:Korn|Korn]] on [ - warmroads].
==Other Links==
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