Filming in Filming on location in Uruguay


With an area of around 68,000 square miles, Uruguay is the second-smallest nation in South America after Suriname. The country is a democratic constitutional republic – an immediate appeal for producers considering filming on location in Uruguay – with a president who serves as both head of state and head of government. It frequently ranks as one of the most developed and prosperous countries in Latin America. Producers filming in Uruguay will find rolling plains and low hill ranges (known as ‘cuchillas’) with a fertile coastal lowland. Uruguay has 410 miles of coastline, ten national parks in Uruguay and is home to 3.3 million people.


Uruguay filming locations are very diverse. Within short distances you can find fields, beaches and eclectic architecture that offer a wide variety of styles and locations, both in the capital and in more rural areas.

Styles range from colonial through Art Déco up to futurist structures such as Carrasco’s new international airport and the Torre de las Comunicaciones or the World Trade Center. Uruguay filming locations have previously been used to double for Old Havana, Paris, London, Germany, the Caribbean, Italy and Ireland.

Examples of rare Uruguay filming locations include an eroded place in Punta Rubia, a beach with interesting sand formations next to La Pedrera, in Rocha, about two and a half hours from Montevideo. Interesting scenery can also be found at Villa Serrana, located in the hills of Minas (also two and a half hours from Montevideo) as well as the department of Lavalleja, 300 metres above sea level.


Uruguay filming locations have a largely uniform temperature throughout the year, with summers being tempered by winds off the Atlantic. The heaviest precipitation occurs during the autumn months, although more frequent rainy spells occur in winter. The mean annual precipitation is generally greater than 40 inches (100 cm), decreasing with distance from the sea coast, and is relatively evenly distributed throughout the year


There is a wide choice of cast and background extras. Uruguayans generally originate from European countries like Spain and Italy through a long history of migratory waves, an historical trend that contributes to the wide choice of cast. It is estimated that nowadays four percent of the population has African origins, which reflects strongly in the culture, especially in the local music. Ethnic groups: white 88%, mestizo 8%, black 4%, Amerindian (practically nonexistent).

Getting there

Uruguay’s main airport is Carrasco International Airport, which is 30 minutes from downtown Montevideo. National Customs grants a temporary admission for filming equipment being brought to the country for film production.

Film-friendly hotels

Film-friendly hotels in Uruguay include The Marti, the Punta Trouville, The Regency Golf, Sheraton, the Trip Melia and the Belmont.