Uruguay's full name is República Oriental del Uruguay, which translated would mean Oriental Republic of Uruguay. "Uruguay" is a Guaraní word which can be translated as "river of painted birds". This country was named after that term due to the fact that it is located to the west of the Uruguay River, being this the reason by which it was named República Oriental del Uruguay.
About an 88% of the Uruguayans are European descendants, a very high amount compared to many other Latin-American countries. This is due to the fact that during endings of the 19th century and beginnings of the 20th century, Uruguay received a great amount of European immigrants, mainly from Spain and Italy, although they would also come from several other origins as well.
Uruguay counts with several traditional dishes as well as a variety of restaurants offering good meals for a wide range of prices. It is interesting to know that tourists could enjoy a good meal, of traditional or international cousine, for as few as 10 dollars. Budget travelers could even find meals for less than that, receiving most of the times good quality and tasty food.
Uruguay, with a size of about 187.000 km2, has about 500 kilometers of coastline full of attractive sandy beaches. Some of these beaches, mainly Montevideo ones, are on the Rio de la Plata, while the most attractive ones are towards the northern area of the coast, on the Atlantic Ocean.