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Tourism – The main Tourist Information Center is located at the corner of Avenida Gral. Flores and Rivera. There's a smaller office on Manuel Lobo, just a few steps away from the old city gate and drawbridge (Manuel Lobo and Ca. de San Miguel).

Money – Most banks and ATMs are found on Avenida Gral Flores. Banco Comercial has a branch at Avenida. Gral. Flores 356, and Crédit Uruguay is located at Avenida. Gral. Flores 299 (corner of Washington Barbot), both with ATMs. The HSBC in the Historic Quarter is located at Calle de Portugal 183. Bank hours are typically 1-6 p.m.

Most shops, restaurants and hotels accept several currencies besides Uruguayan pesos, including American dollars, Argentine pesos and Brazilian reais. If you wish to change money, however, most banks offer currency exchange. Cambio Colonia also offers money wiring via Western Union at Avenida. Gral. Flores 401 (corner of Lavalleja). Cambio Dromer is located at Avenida. Gral. Flores 350 (corner Intendente Suarez). Both are open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m, as well as Saturdays, though they may close 1-3 p.m. On Sundays, they open 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Keeping in Touch – ANTEL has a large phone center with computers and Internet service at Rivadavia 404 (corner of Lavalleja). It is open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The post office is located at Lavalleja 226 and is open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-12 p.m. There's an Internet café at Artigas 255.

Laundry – Hotels may offer laundry service, but in case they don’t, there is laundry service available at Calle del Comercio 92, which is open 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2.-6 p.m.

Medical – The public hospital is located at 18 de Julio 462 (between Alberto Méndez and Rivera). There are plenty of pharmacies scattered throughout town, but the easiest to find are on Avenida Gral. Flores, for example Farmacia Artigas at number 308.

By Claudia Pesce

Claudia Pesce was born in Buenos Aires, but started traveling shortly after her first birthday. Upon returning to Argentina at...

13 May 2011

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