Montevideo Travel Guide

  • Montevideo
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  • Plaza Principal
    Plaza Principal
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  • Ciudad Vieja
    Ciudad Vieja
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Montevideo Highlights

  • Pro
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    trek06 says…

     Tranquil, relaxed, good food, inexpensive 

  • Con
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     There's a bit of this thing called "cumbia villera", which some people think it's music, but only because they missed school too much. And, there's always something that doesn't work in Uruguay. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Little Rio de Janeiro with the three "S"s. Smaller, Safer, and in Spanish 

Montevideo Things to Do

  • Plaza Independencia

    We paused here while walking about the city and enjoyed the fascinating architecture of some of the surrounding buildings. Photographers, be sure to have your zoom lens so you can capture the width of the square as well as building details.

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  • Ciudad Vieja

    Located on a peninsula with the northern side making up the Port, the Ciudad Vieja is the historical center of the City and was once surrounded by protective walls. Argentine forces under Juan Manuel de Rosas besieged the City from 1843 til 1851!! Walk through the streets and witness the architecture of old.

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  • Palcio Salvo

    Often referred to as the symbol of Montevideo, the Salvo Palace was once the tallest building in South America. Although its 26 stories might not impress you, it was once the city's tallest structure. It was the work of eccentric Italian architect Mario Palanti, who also designed the very similar structure Palacio Barolo on Buenos Aires's Avenida...

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Montevideo Hotels

Montevideo Restaurants

  • Don Peperone (Ciudad Vieja)

    Located just across the street from our hotel we ate here twice and loved it both times. We tried the homemade pastas and pizza..all delicious. Itsa cozy place with nonstop music videos. It is here I discovered medio y medio,amixture of champagne and wine.I really got to like it and at $5.00 for 384 ml....no wonder.

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  • Panini's

    Panini's provides an excellence of service and ambiance that one doesn't expect in laid back Uruguay. Often the food is sublime, but there are potholes along the way. Their breads are delicious and varied. Two pastas were wonderful a Sorrentino Caprese featured tender raviolis filled with a mouth-watering melted, gooey cheese filling and elegantly...

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  • El Fogon

    El Fogon is located in the old part of town and I don't mean Ciudad Vieja. I have been to this restaurant twice (last Feb 2010) and has been crowded so they obviously draw a local crowd. The specialties are the typical Uruguayan....parrilla & beef. I had the beef tongue in vinegrette to start which was good. For the main I had a filet mignon which...

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Montevideo Nightlife

  • Viejo Rincón

    Viejo Rincón (which means "old corner") is a great restaurant-pub located at one of the first houses built in Montevideo (18th century); it still has a basament with the original stone floor, and original walls and ceilings. It is nicely decorated, the ambience is cozy and there is music; on weekends, there is live music, and after 1 AM, you can...

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  • Espacio Guambia

    "Espacio Guambia" is a quite new concerts place; from Thursday to Sunday you can enjoy good local music in a cozy place. "Espacio Guambia" es una sala de conciertos bastante nueva; de jueves a domingos pueden disfrutar buena música local en un lugar acogedor.

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  • Sala Zitarrosa

    "Sala Zitarrosa" is a theatre situated where there was a cinema years ago; the hall was reconditioned by the Intendencia Municipal (Town Hall) and now it is a great place to enjoy live music or dance shows. There are shows every day (all kind of styles, from murga or candombe to jazz or rock'n'roll). "Sala Zitarrosa" es un teatro situado en donde...

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Montevideo Transportation

  • Ferries/boat

    It's possible to fly, of course, but I found the ferry to be a convenient and very pleasant alternative. Terminals in both cities are near the center, allowing you to avoid expensive and time consuming travel to the outlying airports, and the lines and formalities for the ferry are much less irritating and time consuming. Overall, the travel time...

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  • Busing it

    The main bus terminal in Montevideo is located about 3km east from the historic centre. It's a very modern terminal with all the facilities you need such as left-luggage (free if you have a trip within 2 hours of depositing bags), an Internet cafe, a helpful tourist information, ATMs, a supermarket, cafes and a restaurant. Nearly all Uruguayan bus...

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  • By Taxi

    There are lots of taxis infront of the airport. the first line of silver car infront of the doors were quick to get our attention,and business.We paid 990uR for the trip to town...the black and yellow cabs on the return triponly charged us 550UR...a $25.00 lesson.

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Montevideo Shopping

  • Sunday Street Market

    La Feria de Tristán Narvaja is a street market open on Sundays. It starts early and ends ~5pm, so best to get there early when the temperatures are lower and the vendors still have their best things on display. The street market sells just about everything from fresh farm produce to collectibles to antiques. There were lots of places selling...

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  • Local Crafts and Such

    After lunch ( which was atwohour affair) we headed to the market. We mostly window shopped as we are travelling with only hand luggage but we really enjoyed browsing.There is a good assortment of unique crafts herein this large two story market. We bought a couple of children's mobiles made from gourds and a very delicate paper mache'windchime.

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  • at Plaza Costitution

    Plaza Costitution / Plaza Matriz is the perfect place to browse a fleamarket for unique goods for your collections of what-ever. The things you will get there are really interesting, no cheap souvenirs for tourists but rare and interesting antiques things of the good old times. Take a look at my photographs, there is a big variety of goods for...

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Montevideo Local Customs

  • Mate: A strong herbal tea

    Le mate est un incontournable en Uruguay, il fait partie de la vie de tous les jours. Il peut se boire seul, mais c'est surtout une boisson de partage. Drinking mate is normaly with friend, in a group, seldom alone. You take it on the street, at a concert, in your car, a great experience not to be missed.

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  • Street artists/art

    This man draws with smuts; he works at Mercado del Puerto, and his pieces are really good. Este hombre hace dibujos a la carbonilla; trabaja en el Mercado del Puerto, y sus obras son realmente buenas.

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  • Parillas

    One of the great things that Uruguay shares with its northern and southern neighbours Brazil and Argentina is the love of meat. The number of excellent steakhouses or parillas is infinite, and the meat that is served is second to none. Try the mercado del puerto for a large selection of places that serve grilled meat.

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Montevideo Warnings and Dangers

  • Barrio Sur / Curuguaty

    My Mom and I were robbed near the Cementerio Central (Curuguaty/ Barrio Sur). It happened on a little square at 2.00 p.m. We have been robbed by a group of 5-6 male teenagers (14-16). First they stole my bag and I was running after them. In the same time they pushed my mother to the floor and tried to steal my mothers backpack. They were very...

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  • Montevideo street crime!

    For the most part, violent crime is not prevalent. However, I had my back pack stolen right out from the back of my car with lots of cash, my passport and an i pad. Street crime/theft is RAMPANT!!! The police will do NOTHING to help you here - at all, they are totally corrupt. The people in Montevideo are extremely callous and make NYers seem warm...

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  • The Back Streets

    Montevideo is not the safest place, nor is it the most dangerous place. In the main corridors of the historic center where most visitors walk when they come off of the cruise ships, the only real thing you have to worry about is maybe some beggars. Petty theft does happen, so you are safer to stay near other people and avoid big bags or cameras...

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Montevideo Tourist Traps

  • Mercado del Puerto

    Mercado del Puerto is a well known indoor market in the oldest part of Montevideo, close to the port. It's a beautiful and atmospheric old market, and contains some of the city´s best known restaurants, but it´s very difficult to appreciate it as waiters call out to you or approach you as soon as you pass close to any restaurant. This isn't...

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  • One Hell of an Operation

    Casa Mario is a "leather factory." They have vans that bring customers from hotels, cruiseships, churches and caves . Once there you will find all sorts of leather goods, most at prices higher than other shops. The place is packed with tourists being dumped by one van after another. Staff can speak any language from English to French to Japanese....

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  • Tax you have to pay before leaving...

    If you're thinking to travel to Uruguay and nobody has ever told you about the tax you have to pay before leaving the country, be awared about the U$30 tax that the governemnt charges you (tourist) just to leave the country.It's an absurd, I have never seen this kind of tax in all countries I visited and I heard about it, but once you are there,...

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Montevideo What to Pack

  • keep in mind

    Cabs are pretty cheap, but many hotels offer shuttles. You can also book a shuttle at the airport if you are going to a central area. Hepatitis A is recommended for all travelers, as well as yellow fever vaccine and tetanus. Yerba Mate and Grappa Miel are both popular. Grappa Miel is a honey and alcohol mixed drink

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  • Put a Little Spice in Your Life

    Luggage And Bags: Bring a lot less luggage than you usually do. Laundries are on every corner and they are very inexpensive, about $3 US for a whole washer load. They'll usually have clothes ready the same day. Since Montevideo is a very casual city (shorts and flip-flops), you don't need much in the way of fancy dress. Bring comfortable clothes...

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  • chilly evenings

    If there's one thing I've learnt by living in this city it's that no matter how hot it is you should always have a swater with you. This is cause even if it's over 30 °C the temperatures always drop when the evening comes, specially if you are near the sea.

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Montevideo Off The Beaten Path

  • Who knew? A winery in Uruguay.

    Juanico Winery about 20 minutes outside of Montevideo. I went there for a wedding. Unbelievable. That's all I can say.Plaza Cagancha 1124 - 10100 Montevideo.. this is the address.

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  • WHIMSY ABOUNDS

    The heart of Montevideo is easy to walk around about. As you do, keep your eyes open as surprises await on each street. Here is but one small example, high on a wall near Garcia's museum - a bit of his work for all to see.

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  • Castillo Pittamiglio

    Among dozens of new and modern buildings, at the seaside, you can find an odd construction: El castillo Pittamiglio (Pittamiglio Castle). It is not a real castle, but a strange house easily recognizable by the Victory of Samothraki it has at the frontage. The "castle" was built at early 20th century by Humberto Pittamiglio, an architect and...

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Montevideo Sports & Outdoors

  • Soccer in Uruguay. Fans, most popular...

    I went to Uruguay last summer and I got the chance to see a match between Nacional and Penarol. Nacional won. Nacional is the most succesful and popular team in Uruguay, Penarol is the second one. Nacional has its own stadium called Parque Central, 25.000 capacity, in which the first ever World Cup match game was played. Penarol has no stadium and...

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  • Go to a Football Match

    Football is definitely the number one sport in Uruguay, and the people care passionately about it. The two big teams in Montevideo are Nacional and Peñarol, both three-time World Club Champions. Peñarol play at Estadio Centenario, which was built in 1930 and has a capacity of just over 76,000. Nacional play at Estadio Parque Central, which has a...

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  • Soccer (Football)

    Soccer is by far the most important spectator sports in Uruguay. When you have the chance you should go and check out a game at the Centenario, which is a monument in the history of world soccer and where the first World Cup was held in 1930. Uruguay won the WorldCup and again in 1950 against Brazil. Ever since people in Uruguay think of these good...

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Montevideo Favorites

  • MONUMENTO LA CARRETA

    There are many bronze sculptures embellishing parks and squares throughout the city of Montevideo, but none are more impressive than this one called La Carreta (the cart). Located in José Batlle y Ordoñez Park near the centre of the city, it was created in 1919 by Uruguayan artist José Leoncio Belloni (1882-1965) to commemorate the ox carts that...

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  • RAMBLA PROMENADE

    The Rambla goes all along the Capital City of Uruguay:Montevideo, aproximately from the Port to Carrasco Neighbourhood 20 kms and you can do a Walking Cost Plata River Tour or take a taxi or rent a Car a go along it. People in Uruguay walk, run, make biking, excercises in the beaches all along the Plata River, etc. The most known is Pocitos Rambla...

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  • PARQUE RODO

    Veritable lung of the city, Rodó Park has everything you need for a weekend in family! A boating lake, a fun fair, many restaurant options and on Sunday mornings a street market full of clothes, crafts, book, etc. You can also visit the little castle, which holds a public children's library.

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