Covering an area of 176,000 sq.km (68,037 sq mi), Uruguay, located in Southern South America, is the 2nd smallest nation in South America.
The eastern, southern and western plains in Uruguay eventually flow into the rolling hills and low mountains of the interior. In the southwest, the flat lowlands between the coastline and hills (Littoral) merge more gradually into the hilly interior.
The country’s highest point – Cerro Catedral at 1,686 ft (514m) [as marked on the map as an upright yellow triangle], is situated in the Sierra Carape hill range.
Along the Atlantic, near Montevideo – the capital city, sandy beaches ring the coastline. In the east - from Punta del Este to Cabo Polonio - the coastal plain is sandy, marshy, and broken by a few bays and lagoons.
In the north, a series of low mountains run north into the highlands of Brazil. In the east, a narrow band of low mountains extends from the coastal areas through Treinta y Tres. In this land of rivers, major ones include the Uruguay, which flows south along its entire border with Argentina, into the River Plate (Rio de la Plata; the Negro, and the Yi (its largest tributary); the Cebollati, and the Yaguaron on the border with Brazil.
The Rio de la Plata – an estuary of the Uruguay River, forms the western border of the country. Formed by dams on the Negro, a huge artificial lake extends across the center of the country.
Uruguay (officially, the Oriental Republic of Uruguay) is divided into 19 departments (departamentos, singular - departamento). In alphabetical order, the departments are: Artigas, Canelones, Cerro Largo, Colonia, Durazno, Flores, Florida, Lavalleja, Maldonado, Montevideo, Paysandu, Rio Negro, Rivera, Rocha, Salto, San Jose, Soriano, Tacuarembo and Treinta y Tres. These departments are further subdivided into a total of 112 municipalities.
Covering an area of 176,000 sq.km, Uruguay is South America's 2nd smallest nation. Located in the southern part of the country, on the northeastern shore of the Rio de la Plata estuary is, Montevideo - the capital, the largest and the most populous city of Uruguay. Montevideo is the southernmost capital city in the Americas and the chief port as well as the cultural, educational, commercial and financial center of Uruguay.
Uruguay is a country located on the southeastern coast of South America. It is geographically positioned in the Southern and Western hemispheres of the Earth; being the only South American nation to be situated entirely south of the Tropic of Capricorn. Uruguay is bordered by Argentina to the west and southwest; by Brazil to the north and east; by the Rio de la Plata to the south and by the South Atlantic Ocean to the southeast.
Regional Maps: Map of South America
|Legal Name||Oriental Republic of Uruguay|
|34 51 S, 56 10 W|
|Total Area||176,215.00 km2|
|Land Area||175,015.00 km2|
|Water Area||1,200.00 km2|
|Currency||Uruguayan pesos (UYU)|
|GDP Per Capita||$16,190.13|
This page was last updated on February 24, 2021