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South America

Location: Southern South America, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Argentina and Brazil
Geographic coordinates: 33° 0' S, 56° 0' W
Coastline km: 660 km km
Climate: warm temperate; freezing temperatures almost unknown
Terrain: mostly rolling plains and low hills; fertile coastal lowland
Elevation: lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m highest point: Cerro Catedral 514 m
Natural hazards: seasonally high winds (the pampero is a chilly and occasional violent wind that blows north from the Argentine pampas), droughts, floods; because of the absence of mountains, which act as weather barriers, all locations are particularly vulnerable to rapid changes from weather fronts
Currency: Uruguayan peso (UYU)
Population: 3,477,778 (July 2008 est.)
Languages: Spanish, Portunol, or Brazilero (Portuguese-Spanish mix on the Brazilian frontier)
Capital: Montevideo
Divisions: 19 departments: Artigas, Canelones, Cerro Largo, Colonia, Durazno, Flores, Florida, Lavalleja, Maldonado, Montevideo, Paysandu, Rio Negro, Rivera, Rocha, Salto, San Jose, Soriano, Tacuarembo, Treinta y Tres

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Quality Avg depth Max depth Experience Dive type
Cantera El Terrible 4 / -
4.5 m 5 m All divers
Cantera El Terrible (Grande) 3 / -
10 m 12 m CMAS * / OW
Cantera Ferrando 8 / -
4 m 8 m All divers
Cantera Riachuelo - / -
3 m 20 m All divers
Jose Ignacio - / 1
2.5 m 4.5 m All divers
Piriapolis Vertigo 1 / -
2 m 4 m All divers
Playa Mansa, Punta del Este - / -
4 m 5 m CMAS ** / AOW
Puertito de Don Anselmo - / -
2 m 5 m All divers
Punta Ballena 2 / -
5 m 12 m All divers
Punta Colorada - / -
2 m 6 m All divers
Stella Maris 1 / -
2 m 5 m All divers

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Playa Mansa, Punta del Este
By arzarello
Oct 23, 2011
PLaya Mansa -
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Cantera El Terrible
By Christian
Mar 6, 2004
El Terrible - Uruguay -

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