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Value-added tax refund scheme for foreigners in Uruguay

Value-added tax refund scheme for foreigners in Uruguay

— Now that we’re back in Uruguay for the last few days of our South America trip, I thought I’d share an interesting value-added tax scheme being used to promote tourism in Uruguay. Apparently, if you dine at a restaurant in Uruguay and pay with a non-Uruguayan credit or debit card, the value-added tax or VAT— which is rather substantial at 22% — is automatically refunded to your card. Generally, I prefer to pay in cash at restaurants, since servers can’t always be trusted not to mishandle a card.
Southernmost point in our journeys, Punta del Este, Uruguay

Southernmost point in our journeys, Punta del Este, Uruguay

— Today we walked down the street from our apartment in Punta del Este to a small park at the mouth of the Plata River, where a Uruguayan flag more or less marks the southernmost point in Uruguay. Unfortunately the wind wasn’t cooperating with my photography. Although I recognized this right away as being the southernmost steps we’ve taken on this trip to South America, after a quick bit of internet sleuthing, I discovered it’s also the southernmost steps we’ve taken ever.

Waiting for a bus, onward to Punta del Este

— Our short stay in Colonia del Sacramento is coming to an end. We’ve checked out of the hotel here and are waiting at the bs terminal for a ride to Montevideo. We won’t be there long; we have onward tickets to Punta del Este and a small apartment reserved there for the next several nights. We had thought about renting a car and driving ourselves, but bus tickets are quite inexpensive in Uruguay, and frankly I didn’t relish six or seven hours of driving.