Counting on the protection of the Atlantic Ocean and the Río de la Plata at the same time, on a favourable weather and on a generous land, Uruguay grows with its own personality and features among its two big neighbours, Argentina and Brazil. A unique hydrographical basin in the whole world and its privileged location between the 30th and 35th parallel, provide the perfect natural framework not only for breeding cattle whose meat is valued on the five continents, but also for cultivating oranges and other citrus which identify Uruguay in the whole world.

Uruguay is a paradise of fresh water with many rivers, streams, lakes and pools which constitute a dense hydrographic network full of life which shapes the landscape. There are hundreds of kilometres of coasts, mainly constituted by beaches of extremely white sand from the Río de la Plata to the Atlantic Ocean without interruption.
Great variety of ecosystems, constituted by natural meadows, different river woods, hill woods, woods of carobs, a rich fluvial network, a chain of superficial lakes on the Atlantic coast and large pools, constitute a huge natural mosaic.
The diversity of existing ecosystems contributes to the presence of over 450 species of birds, four out of seven existing species of marine turtles, the Eubalaena australis whale, and many colonies of seals, with more than 320,000 specimens.

Uruguay is a small country of 176,215 square kilometres, situated at the southern cone of South America, between Argentina and Brazil and the Atlantic Coast and the Río de la Plata. Its landscape of green meadows and hills with a maximum altitude of 513 m, offers a place of large first class agriculture and cattle-breeding areas.
Uruguay has a coast of 600 km of beautiful beaches with sand and different fresh water rivers and lakes that guarantee an abundant natural irrigation. Moreover, about 30% of lands are located on Guaraní aquifer, which is the second biggest resource of fresh water in the whole world.

Weather
Due to its geographical location, Uruguay has a soft weather during all the year. Minimum temperature: 5°C, Maximum temperature: 35°C (40°F- 95°F)
An average of 1200 mm of rainfall per year shows the optimum conditions of Uruguay for agricultural activities.
Seasons are opposite to those on the northern hemisphere.

Nature

Uruguay is the third country of the world on taking care of the environment. Nature is highly respected by people, and natural habitats on the whole country are home to thousand lovely animals. There are some reservations of animal fauna, but the most important achievement of Uruguay is on public areas that have been declared as protected. People can access those places and freely enjoy them as long as nature is not affected. Birds sighting and safaris 4x4 are very attractive for every tourist visiting the area






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