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Canelones 1095, Montevideo, 11100, Uruguay
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Getting to Buenos Aires

by meltingman

How can I buy a ticket to go on a hydrofoil (the quick way) to Buenos Aires? I arrive at the airport in Montevideo. But I would like to go from the airport to the buquebus or ferry tp go straight to Buenos Aires. My flier miles gave me a trip to Montevideo.
Can I do that? Do I take a taxi from the airport to the port? How much does that cost? Can I get a ticket on the boat in advance? How many hours is the quick boat?

I look forward to your response

Re: Getting to Buenos Aires

by cgf

how long quick?
Consider also Aerolíneas Argentinas, with them I just found a return ticket for less then 70 Eur for next week.
look also for Puma Air.
For both airlines the Buenos Aires airport should be Aeroparque Jorge Newbery and you'll be inside Buenos Aires in about 45minutes.

Re: Getting to Buenos Aires

by akken

You can buy it on line at buquebus.com. However, there are just two daily departures from Montevideo on the fast boat (Juan Patricio) at 11:45 am and 9:1 pm. so, if you´re really hurried you might want to check Pluna.com for plane ticket times and prices. R/T air should be the same or less than the rápido, but you won't get to enjoy tranquil Uruguay. If price matters you may want to take one of the 700 series Copsa buses that serve the airport. For a little over $1.30 US you will end up at the Rio Branco bus terminal. Walk out 'til you find the Rambla (the waterfront roadway), then turn left. Walk along until you see the Buquebus terminal on your right (about 8 short blocks). Enter. Avoid airport cabs - they are horribly expensive. If you must take a cab, go to a phone and call 141 or 119. These are city cab companies that cannot solicit passengers at the airport but can pick up passsengers that call them It will cost you about 60 percent of the airport taxi rate.

Re: Ferry time correction

by akken

Ooops! Attacked by my fingers again. The later rápido leaves Montevideo at 7:15 pm (1915 horas.)

Re: Getting to Buenos Aires

by Kennedy87

Yeah, so can you just take a taxi. It's always been like that and it will chances are always stay that way, too

Travel Tips for Montevideo

Languages

by durvende

If you don't speak spanish don't worry too much. You can speak to most people in italian, portuguese and even french and they will probably understand (see, most of us descend from european immigrants, and also, those languages used to be (and in some cases still are) taught in schools). If you speak italian or french you'll most likely be more successful if you speak to older people. If you speak english you'll probably find someone who understands you as well (in this case, try younger people)
But still, if you have no luck uruguayans are generally really helpful and you'll manage to get around any way.

Monte vi eu!

by Bjorgvin

The name of the city is supposedly a corruption of a sailor’s cry Monte vi eu! (I saw a hill!) meaning the low hill overlooking the city with the old fort on top (La Fortaleza). From the hilltop there is a good view over the city and one can also visit the Military Museum on the premises.

Carnival!

by andal13

I am not sure if this is a "must see activity", a "nightlife tip" or a "local costume"; actually, it is them three: I am talking about our Carnaval (Carnival). Here it does not last only three days; it lasts a whole month (February). It begins with a great parade by our main Avenue (18 de Julio), where a lot of groups parade, showing their colourful costumes and dancing with their music. After that, there are another activities: our carnival is very teathrical; the groups ride from one "tablado" (popular and open theatre) to another during the night. There are different kinds of carnival groups; most oustanding are "murgas". Murga is a chorus that sings actuality and political songs ; most popular are "Falta y Resto", "Contrafarsa", "Araca la cana", "Diablos verdes", "La Reina de La Teja". All of them have recorded their music.
The picture shows "La Reina de La Teja" during this year parade (2004); the picture was taken by Marina Giacomini and I took it from the web.

No estoy segura si se trata de una "actividad que se debe ver", una "sugerencia para salir de noche" o una "costumbre local"; en realidad, es las tres cosas: me refiero al Carnaval. Aquí no dura sólo tres días; dura un mes completo (febrero). Comienza con un gran desfile por nuestra principal Avenida (18 de Julio), en el cual un montón de agrupaciones desfilan luciendo sus trajes colorida y bailando con su música. Luego de ello, hay otras actividades: nuestro carnaval es muy teatral; diferentes grupos actúan sobre un "tablado" (teatro abierto y popular) y otro y otro a lo largo de la noche. Hay diferentes agrupaciones carnavalescas; las más destacadas son las "murgas". Murga es un coro que canta canciones políticas y de actualidad; las más populares son "Falta y Resto", "Contrafarsa", "Araca la cana", "Diablos verdes", "La Reina de La Teja". Todas ellas han grabado su música.
La foto muestra a "La Reina de La Teja" durante el desfile de este año (2004); la foto fue sacada por Marina Giacomini y yo la bajé de la web.

The Pedagogical Museum

by melosh

This is another of the small free museums of Montevideo. It has a collection of pictures and artefacts from education through Uruguayan history. Below the museum there is still a functioning school. This provides an unusually lively sound background to a visit to the museum during school hours.

Banco Ingles de Rio de Janeiro

by globetrott

It was nice to see at least these interesting remains of a building obviously dating back to the year 1890, according to the inscription on top of it. Its name is Banco Ingles de Rio de Janeiro / English Bank of Rio de Janeiro. You will see plenty of such buildings in Montevideo, where only the facade was left over, obviously waiting for better times and the money in order to restore it and integrate it into a new building.
The adress of this building is Zabaala 1486, just a few steps from Iglesia de San Francisco

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