Etiquette

Greetings Say buenos días or buenas tardes (good morning/good afternoon) depending on the time of day. Accept and give besos (kisses) on the cheek (common even when being introduced to someone for the first time).

Farewells Adiós or hasta luego means goodbye; chau is a more casual form used with friends.

Everyday Etiquette Uruguayans are generally polite and unpretentious, and respectful travelers can expect to be treated with easygoing courtesy throughout the country.

Mate-Drinking Etiquette Uruguayans are passionate drinkers of yerba mate, a bitter herbal tea served in a gourd, sipped through a metal straw and shared among friends. If you are invited to partake, always drink the entire contents of the gourd before returning it to your host.