Gay Guide

Uruguay
Pink Star Rating

8

Capital

Montevideo

Other Main Cities/Resorts

Punta Del Este, Salto, Paysandu, Las Piedras, Rivera

Scene and Culture

There has been a gradual move towards gay emancipation in Uruguay over the last decade and the country now has very progressive law protecting the rights of gays and lesbians. There has been a development of small but very agreeable gay scene centred in Montevideo. It was only in 1994 that Uruguay held its first gay pride event and now there are about 4 gay clubs, 2 gay saunas and a couple of gay sex cinemas. Though the scene is quite small say compared to Buenos Aires it has the charm of being much more friendly with less attitude and arguably more fun. Be warned though as with Argentina clubs are open really late. If you want to party be prepared to be up till the very early hours. Today a tolerant climate exists in Uruguay and gays and lesbians are far more open and confident than just a few years ago. For visitors Montevideo is an attractive quiet and slightly run down place. The city is historic and has that feeling of fading grandeur. It has none of that sophistication and hustle and bustle of BA across the River. The heart of Montevideo is the pleasant old city that juts out into the Rio de la Plata. We found that this combined with the fun scene makes this a worthwhile destination.

Gay Age of Consent

Legal

Lesbian Age of Consent

Legal

Legal Notes

Homosexual behavior between consenting adults is not mentioned in the law as being a criminal offence. In 2001 Uruguays lower house amended the Penal Code banning discrimination against gays and lesbians. In addition legislation was passed banning incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation punishable by a prison term of 3 to 18 months. Acts of moral or physical violence, of hate and contempt are also banned. The new law has now gone to the Senate.

Population

3.3 million

Currency

Uruguyan Peso

Climate

Uruguay has a temperate climate characterised by warm summers and mild winters. The best time of year to visit is during the summer months of November to March. Rainfall is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year with an average annual precipitation of 1,090 mm. The coolest month is June and the warmest is January. The prevailing winds are the Zonda, a northerly hot wind that blows in summer and the Pampero, a cold southerly wind that blows in winter. Average temperature ranges in Montevideo are from 6c to 14c in July to 17c to 28c in January.

Montevideo
Nationwide info
Punta del Este, Uruguay