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    The carnivals are the biggest feast of the culture

    by ines2003 Written Feb 4, 2015

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    we stayed with my friends in the city of Montevideo, with a group of friends, spent the time of the calls and the carnival, in the month of February. We stayed in a hostel in Pocitos. They were near the beaches and nightlife. Our idea was to participate in the carnivals, they are very well known in the world.
    The carnival dates back to the middle of the nineteenth century, it is said that the Uruguayan carnival is the world's longest (40 days). The main activities are carried out in Montevideo. The inauguration, is done in mid-January, the celebration extends throughout February, culminating at the beginning of March. There are two major branches, the murgas, of Spanish origin, whose letters have a high content of humor and social satire and policy and the candombe, african-american black, which recreates the African origins of the black slaves and the colonial era, with its costumes, songs and dances, cultures and religions, and its natural evolution until our days. Joined the other categories comedians, Parodistas and magazines.
    Officially starts in mid-January with its Inaugural Parade by the Av. July 18, in the center of the city, where participating all those who in one way or another will be in the various official activities and in the barrios, the sack, the allegorical, the queens and princesses, groupings and sets (in its different categories: murgas, blacks and lubolos (4), comedians, parodistas and magazines), popular artists, etc. , from this year are advancement so that it doesn't interfere with the end of the Carnival with the beginning of classes in education, which was earlier years, particularly the dates were in arrears of the competition in the Municipal Theater of summer because of bad weather.
    The celebrations extend until early March, continuing performances every night in the "taberns" or popular scenarios (fixed and mobile) and commercial in the neighborhoods, and the Corsicans or parades in different areas, as well as in the Municipal Theater of summer, where the competition is being held official carnival groups. Forty-eight groupings of the different category involved this year in the competition, in the categories murgas, societies of blacks and lubolos, comedians, parodistas and magazines.
    The second major concentration is the Parade of the calls by the old and popular neighborhoods south and Palermo, a few blocks from the center of the city, which is performed at the end of January or early February. Calls are reminiscent of the meeting of the "black" slaves in the colony (sharing their culture and African origin), in the freedom of the candombe, which became an important contribution to the afro culture to music and Uruguayan culture. Without doubt this is the most popular concentration and that attracts many visitors. There parade between 30 and 40 groups with more than 2,000 tambourines in its different tones: chico, repique and piano. The regulation merely 70 tabors by comparsa.
    It is worth while once in a lifetime visit the city at the time of the carnival and the candombe, groups of move to the beat of the music and drums. In addition you can go to the beach, walking on the Prado, rides, squares and listen to your music.

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    party in ramirez beach

    by ines2003 Written Feb 4, 2015

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    Iemanja the queen of the waters and the people
    It was in the summer, one hot afternoon and accurate for the feast to be held on the beaches of Montevideo, the celebration of the queen of the sea or Iemanja. I went to the most popular beach for the celebration that is opposite to Rodó Park, is the beach Ramirez.
    In all the tents umbandistas installed on the sands of the Beach Ramirez in the rambla of Montevideo, is celebrated every February 2, the day of Iemanja. It offers a watermelon, the fruit of the goddess of all waters, the mai which is convened by a hundred thousand people in all the capital city beaches, between faithful, curious spectators and tourists.
    I went to wait in the row where inside were 3 orishas, the supreme god Olorun created each one of the Orixas, that represent and are classified in the various forces of mother nature. It is the right way to venerate deities of air, earth, fire and water. Severe personality, is the protector of motherhood and the navigators. The popular tradition umbandista represent it with the colors light blue, light blue and white. Their offerings should be shipped to the shores of the shores of the seas or rivers.
    Navy in the tent in the sand are the epi, which give a pass or a santiguados. Signing of the register follows them to the people. It's all free, if one wants to give you a collaboration or something that IPOA ask, as for example, Champagne, wine, beer, food. There are other queries that are made in private, in other places. And there you have to pay.
    The ritual begins by making the boat and after the decor, purchase some sphinx, some zapatito, some mirror, everything is done manually. It starts to "beat heads", that is tilted toward the floor, illuminates the boat in the temple and then starts the procession from Pando to Montevideo. At 9:00 in the night, some delivered the boat to the river, all the day you can make the offering, from one in the morning until 12 at night you can deliver.
    They light candles, many make wells in the sand and leave their candle light blue or white or both colors on the same sailing.
    I was looking at a PAI of dark test, dressed in a blue tunic approached down to the beach, heading a group of a dozen men and women with white outfits carrying one of the larger boats with many bouquets of flowers on the boat.
    The other side is the commercial, where you can purchase a variety of offerings, but also hats, purses, or shirts that although does not carry any image of the goddess, not little people you're interested in buying. Among the gifts to Iemanjá, the posts offered rudimentary and small boats of foam plast from $ 60 to $ 100. A candle with a parchment and ticket of the lot is sold at $30. AND sailing loose, sky blue, from $ 5. This article is among all the more respondent. Tens are placed around each boat prepared in the beach sand.
    So if someone wants to put something in the boat and that the sea carry, will be welcome.

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    MUSEO DE LOS ANDES

    by ines2003 Written Feb 4, 2015

    The Andes Museum honors the memory of the 29 Uruguayans who perished in the Andes in 1972, when their airplane crashed on its way from Montevideo to Santiago de Chile. This exhibition is also dedicated to our 16 fellow countrymen, who “returned to life” after having endured 72 infernal days under the worst imaginable conditions. We render tribute to those who put their lives at risk to save their friends.
    By visiting this Museum, you help us transmit to the next generations the values and spirit of this story (Teamwork, Solidarity, Friendship).

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    el cerro

    by ines2003 Written Jan 28, 2015

    The Hill, the other side of town
    we went for a walk to the hill, in the summer, where the temperature is warm and sunny, although it is best to avoid the hours of noon because the sun burns. An interesting side trip is to do in the city of Montevideo. There are history, an incredible view, it is cheap and near. There are not many tourists in the area and if you go with time you can enjoy the beaches of the place.
    The Hill is located on the opposite side of the bay for Montevideo, with a height of 132 meters, is the Villa del Cerro Artigas and the fortress whose construction was completed in 1811 by the Spaniards, with the aim of protecting the port and the city of
    the hill you can see from virtually any point of Montevideo and to reach the must be taken some buses that leave it on the Terminal closed, as for example the lines 124 or 125 of Cutcsa. And from the terminal take a collective or walk to the Fortress, are 15 blocks. The line 18L, the leaves to 5 blocks of the fortress.
    Symbol of the strength in the national coat of arms, this building was built between 1809 and 1811 at the end of Spanish rule, bears the name of the National Hero of Uruguay Jose Gervasio Artigas. It houses a museum of national and international armaments as well as other aspects of military life. It is one of the three Fortresses bequeathed to us by the hispanic era and that enrich our historical heritage, which is undoubtedly the most important in this part of the continent in the matter of military engineering. Until 1930 it was military housing units. In 1931 it was declared a National Monument, we decided its reconstruction. The panoramic views of Montevideo are beautiful, you can see all the capital. To enter the fortress today cared for by the Armed Forces there are to pay an entry of 15 Uruguayan pesos. From the fortress you can take very good photos. Inside the fortress there is a museum which we visited, the only thing that interested us was the view around the mountain.
    To take into account the time of travel and see interesting places and cultural.

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    Eat Some Steak in a Unique Setting

    by Over60 Written Aug 8, 2013

    Not far from the waterfront in Montevideo, an old market building has been converted into the Mercado del Puerto, a huge set of casual restaurants and shops. Most of the restaurants specialize in grilled specialties and have open air grills visible from the tables. While other things are available, the specialty here is steaks, large, juicy, and tasty. Leaving concerns about clogged arteries at the door, I picked one of the many eateries more or less at random and enjoyed one of the best steaks of my life. The restaurants range from quasi-elegant to rather informal; the one I chose was somewhere in the middle. After eating, I strolled across the hall and purchased a Montevideo t-shirt, which I will forever associate with delicious steak. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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    Port a place of entry for the cruise

    by fred98115 Written May 9, 2013

    We were on a South American cruise which stopped in Montevideo. Faced with the decision of what to do, we opted for a walking tour of the city downtown architectural sights. It began with a bus ride, which seemed to be a solid, safe way to depart from the port. Attached are photos to give other cruisers an idea of what the port is like.

    Ship at dockside Cranes at the ready View of the city from the docked ship Port docks with city in background Ship at dockside
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    Market a place where everyone goes

    by fred98115 Written May 9, 2013

    Markets are integrating places for any community, and it is so in Montevideo. We stopped in here while on a walking tour of the city. Photographers will see many possible subjects including stalls of vendors. Lighting varies, and you will want to use a high ISO and wide-angle wide open lens to capture the essence of the market. Remember that flashes are disruptive, so avoid automatic camera settings if you can.

    Painter prepares materials Magazines for sale Restauranteur Entrance Entrance
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    Constitution Plaza, a tree filled quiet space

    by fred98115 Written May 9, 2013

    We were on a walking tour of the city and found Constitution Plaza to be a welcome respite from the buildings and streets with their hustle and bustle. As a photobug, I found the tree forms, the walks, the fountain, the kiosks to be interesting subjects. Many people use the square to walk through, so include people to give scale and interest to your shots. Be sure to be respectful in your photos of people. Ponder this, would their mother approve of the shot.

    Constitution Plaza overview Fountain Walk in the Plaza A cozy bench for relaxing Kiosk
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    CENTRO-PLAZA DEL ENTREVERO

    by draguza Written Nov 30, 2012

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    One of several well functioning civic squares in Montevideo, this one has all the uses of a traditional zocálo, but then combines them to positive effect. By letting go of the more formal lay out, the variety of spaces created supports a much broader range of activities and experiences.

    The combination of cafe area the playground and the bus stop seems obvious, but there are few examples of this anywhere in the world. The best combination though, is the range of experiences created by the relationships between the bending path, the seating options and the views and access ways to the fountain. As with all great public spaces, the resulting sociability is the real indicator of success.

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    Camino de Charles Darwin

    by DSwede Written Jan 28, 2012

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    Charles Darwin is one of the most famous world explorers and naturalists. He and his crew set foot in most corners of the yet unexplored world. Uruguay and more specifically, Montevideo, is no exception.

    He came to visit in 1832~1833. He explored much of the local Uruguayan and Argentinean coast and used this as a staging point to resupply and get is crew back in ship shape.

    There is a small plaza and memorial in his honor. This little plaza is very small and may be in need of some tender loving care. It only take a couple minutes to visit and most people never even come here.

    A stop along the Camino de Darwin
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  • Carnaval

    by aussie51 Updated Apr 17, 2011

    Annually durin late January and through February, Montevideo comes to life for Carnaval, this is a huge celebration involving what seems like everyone in the city.

    The opening night of Carnaval or Desfilo, starts from the main Plaza Independencia, where colourful groups of drummers and dancers gather around bonfires around which the drums are placed to heat and stretch the skins (only a drummer would undertand).

    As you wander through the throngs of people, you will notice the scantily clad ladies of the dance troupes with there huge feather head gear, looking like the chorus line from the early years of Las Vegas but glamourous and beautiful they look.

    The accompanying groups of drummers and musicians are also dressed in brightly coloured clothes and face paint all to ward away the devils, but soon enough they set off on the procession and as they leave the Plaza and move on to the main street of the City the noise becomes earth shattering as groups varying from 50 to 100 drummers start to beat out the latin rythyms that no one in the world can resist, everywhere people are dancing in the street, cameras flash and there is a general feeling of happiness and joy on the faces of tourists and locals alike.

    One after another they keep coming and just as you think it cant get better or louder around the corner comes yet another group of dancers looking like a hundred Shakira's shaking and stepping out the well rehearsed dances, with decorated trucks transporting live bands and disc jockeys all blaring out their music the night is alive and by 4 am the music and parade still continues long into the night and early morning.

    The Carnaval continues with concerts seemingly nightly across various locations in the City, all of which are different and extremely enjoyable, the comedy groups who perform are fabulous and the singing is of the highest quality and extremely harmonious and it is perfected from year to year by all the members of the various groups.

    My advice is if you can be in Montevideo for Carnaval them be there, forget Rio, this is just as fabulous and lasts longer and is a spectacle that everyone should experience at least once in their lives.

    One tip keep a good hold of your camera and keep your wallet tightly in a pocket, unforunately there is the few who must ruin it for everyone, namely the pickpockets who roam amongst the throngs of onlookers waiting on an opportunity but dont be put off, it is easily defend against and should not be taken as a reflection on the City or the Carnaval it happens in every city in the world.

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    Enjoy a Montevideo City-Tour !

    by WStat Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Montevideo (ca. 1,5 Mio. ) is Urugays capital situated at the mouth of Rio de la Plata. There are two stories about the citie`s name: the first reports ,that a sailor, looking for land, was shouting : "Video Monte" ,( "I see the mountain"), the second is said to be derived from old spanish maps.
    Although tourism doesnt play an important role in Montevideo, there are several worthwile sites, one should visit: above all the Old City (a walk through the narrow streets with their Spanish- and also British influenced architecture is to be recommended), also the Park of Ordonez with its Rose-Garden, the Toranco-Palace. the Constitution Square and ofcourse also the beaches, some of then in the downtown- area !

    Pedestrian Area Montevideo from the sea Constitution Square
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    IGLESIA MATRIZ

    by mtncorg Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Walk down Perez Castellano from the Mercado andyou will come to Washington. Turn left and walk through the pleasant Plaza Zabala and beyond to Rincon on the other side. Four short blocks takes you to Plaza Constitution – the old cabildo, now a museum, sits on the east side. On the west side is Montevideo’s cathedral, Iglesia Matriz. Begun in 1784 and finished in 1799, the church is the oldest building in Montevideo. Inside, similar to what you find in the Catedral Metropolitan in BsAs, you can find the tomb of a national hero, General Juan Lavalleja, in this case. Lavalleja was the leader of the 33 Orientales who chased away the Brazilians in 1827 . Lavelleja’s home can be found in museum form one block north of the Plaza Zabala.

    Entrance to Iglesia Matriz
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    PUERTA DE LA CIUADADELA

    by mtncorg Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The City was once protected by walls and a large fortress. Here at the western edge of Plaza Independecia is the one remant of the colonial citadel – razed in 1833. You can also get a feeling for the old walls down near the west end of the peninsula, by the breakwater where old cannon faced out onto the waters of the Rio de la Plata in search of those would-be invaders. Now inhabited by fishermen in search of tonight's meal.

    Puerta with the Plaza Independencia beyond
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    Central Market

    by easterntrekker Updated Nov 25, 2010

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    Recommended by a street vender we decided to try it out for lunch. only a few blocks away and in the Old City ,we found the market easily. It was a real treat and so much better than we imagined. Inside and outside an old covered market ,there are many restaurants featuring tempting open charcoal grills . Load boisterous and friendly. We cruised by several before finally choosing. Honestly they all looked so good. we had a seafood casserole betwwen us . It was sold as a single serving but was hugeand delicious. A huge bread basket is included. With drinks the meal cost about $30.00.

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  • Feb 24, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Almost only within the city center?
    What about Prado, the beaches, Palacio Legislativo, Parque Batlle with Estadio Centenario, Cerro, ...
    And for me the number ONE in Montevideo is the Feria Tristán Narvaja (market on the Tristán Narvaja street) every sunday of the year.

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