Uruguay Things to Do

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Uruguay Things to Do

  • Plaza Independencia

    Montevideo Things to Do

    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

    Montevideo Things to Do

    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

    Montevideo Things to Do

    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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  • Teatro Solis

    Montevideo Things to Do

    While on a walking tour of the city with a group from our cruise ship, we visited this theater and were fascinated by the tiers of boxes in the hall. Photographers: my general rule is to not use flash in a building because it is disruptive. The hall is dark, so be sure to use a high ISO and open up the lens to get natural light. You may want to...

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  • Museo Torres García

    Montevideo Things to Do

    Torres Garcia is probably the best known Uruguayan artist and this museum displays many of his works and tells the story of his life. He spent many years living in Europe, and worked with many famous European artists near the start of the 20th century. My favourite part of the museum was the section devoted to his paintings and caricatures of...

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  • Mercado del Puerto

    Montevideo Things to Do

    Coming out of the Buquebus terminal and walking past the Navy/Customs building, you will wander across to the Mercado del Puerto. There is a restaurant/craft shop filledplaza on its east side. Within the iron superstructure, many more restaurant and shops are to be found. Andrea tells me the wrought-iron edifice was originally to be built as a...

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  • Walking

    Montevideo Things to Do

    This is a great feature that you will find inside of Palacio Municipal : All of the floor in the main entrancehall is fully covered by a map of Montevideo and while walking over it,you can search for the port, where your cruiseship might be docked (see pics 3 and 5) or for other places in the city. I am sure many tourists will walk over it without...

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  • Pocitos

    Montevideo Things to Do

    Thats Pocitos beach, we spent a lazy day walking around the bay with very frequent stops on shady benches to watch the world and, the world here are into walking and running. An entertaining day for two very lazy visitors from England!

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  • La Rambla

    Montevideo Things to Do

    Only a few blocks south from the Ciudad Vieja (Old Town) is La Rambla, a long coastal promenade divided into various parts, including Rambla Francia, Rambla Gran Bretana and Rambla Argentina. This is a good place for a stroll, especially the section from Rambla Francia to the beach at Rambla Gran Bretana. It's a great feeling being able to walk...

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  • La Feria de Tristan Narvaja

    Montevideo Things to Do

    It is an open market that takes place on Sunday mornings at Tristán Narvaja Street. It is a flea market, and there you can find antiques, old records (from Gardel to Beatles), old books, pets, plants, sunglasses, clothes, or even false teeth! Another kind of flea market takes place at Plaza Matriz (Matriz Square, Old City) on Saturday mornings;...

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  • Peatonal Sarandi

    Montevideo Things to Do

    Peatonal Sarandi is the principle walking street of the city. There are lots of cafes, boutique shops, hotels, etc. along this inviting street. The street connects many of the old districts highlights like the Plaza Independencia, the Plaza de Constitucion and it misses Plaza Zabala only by about 20m. One thing that many may literally pass over...

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  • Plaza Zabala

    Montevideo Things to Do

    Plaza Zabala in Ciudad Vieja commemorates the founder of Montevideo, Bruno Mauricio de Zabala. He was born in the Zabala barrio of Durango in Spain in 1682. In 1717, he was named capitán general of the Río de la Plata and in 1726 he built the fortress which developed into the city of Montevideo. There is an impressive statue of him in the middle of...

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  • Palacio Legislativo

    Montevideo Things to Do

    Guide to this impressive Parliament for free, interesting. Is the Congress of Uruguay, you can visit Tuesday or Wednesdar until 18 of each month, and at afternoon you can see de Chamber working. It's really near of the center of the City, in a very safe place. The tour may be in spanish or english at least.

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  • Carrasco

    Montevideo Things to Do

    Carrasco: One cannot visit Montevideo without driving to the town of Carrasco. The traditional hotel is flanked by the marble statuary that was discovered in 1916, and serves as a monument to traditional customs and decor. Among the famous statues are La Vendimia, El Acecho and La Espina. In the center of town is the Plaza de la Armada and...

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  • House of Parliament

    Montevideo Things to Do

    The House of Parliament (Palacio Legislativo). Built in 1925 to commemorate the declaration of independence 100 yrs. before, it houses many of the most important art objects of Montevideo, besides being a most beautiful building itself. It was declared a Historical Monument of the Nation in 1975.

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  • Plaza de Toros de Colonia

    Coming up here with a bike, is almost an hour drive from the town. A taxi are available but expensive beside renting a bike is easy to explore the town plentiful to see around, the beaches are awesome but too bad I wasn't prepared for swimming here

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  • Barrio Historico

    Historic Quarter in Colonia del Sacramento, is where the local lives...The oldest city in town has a colorful and historical housesWalking around here it brings you back to the century everything is old around...All you can do is admire the town area and be happy you have seen this part of the Latin America

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  • Old Timer Car

    Around the city there no regular transportation...Here you see more those old timer park on the streets. Is it still running? we don't know, we haven't seen drive around, probably is just one of the decor on the streets here.

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  • Sunset ceremony

    Casapueblo has the workshop of well known Uruguayan artist, Carlos Paez Vilaro.His collection has paintings, sculptures, and pottery.The workshop is open daily and entrance is free of charge.Plan to arrive around 5pm, you will be directed to view a film of the artists life. Then you can have a look around all 3 floors of the museum. There are...

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  • Argentino Hotel

    The founding father of Piriapolis was fond of all things Italian so it was no wonder that this hotel was inspired by Italian palaces. It was the largest hotel/casino in South America when it was built in 1930. It is 400 feet long x 200 feet wide and has 350 rooms.In 1942 it was purchased from the Piria descendents by the Uruguayan government and...

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  • Getting and coming home....

    This is supposed to be a DIFFERENT "what to do" tip.... one most of us "forget" even though this is a major part of any trip..... Going back , going home......Just as getting there is exciting and a reason to be pleasantly anxious , returning home can and should be too.... If you were just on a tourist trip ( and didn't necessarily emigrate....)...

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  • lighthouses of Uruguay

    Very interesting along the coast!Don't forget to visit them, they are usually open to public, the view is spectacular!http://www.candombe.com.uy/faros/index.htm

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  • Estancia plus activities for children

    Hello!There is a beautiful place where you can take your children and enjoy not only typical estacia life but also very interesting activities. The place is called "La Vigna" and you will be received by a young couple with two small children. It is about 75 miles from Montevideo. Look for more info at: www.lavigna.com.ar.Regards and have a nice...

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  • visit cabo de polonia

    Cabo Polonio is not in outer space; it is in Uruguay. It is a small, secluded town in a small, South American country. In fact, I hesitate to even call Cabo Polonio a town. Instead, it looks and feels like the final outpost on the edge of a rugged frontier. And it is. Cabo Polonio is surrounded by rugged frontiers. Cabo Polonio sits on the tip of...

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  • Daytrip to Park Salus

    Park Salus is where the bottled water of Uruguay is bottled and distrubuted throughout the country. It is located just outside of the city of Mines.Mines City is 75 miles northeast of Montevideo or one hour from Piriapolis. The city was founded in 1783 and named for the surrounding mines. You will find hills and forests there which is unusual in...

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  • The eagle

    Atlantida is a beach town between Piriapolis and Montevideo. It has pretty beaches and is very popular with Uruguayan vacationers.We didn't go there to see the town or the beach, we went there to see El Aguilla-THE EAGLE.In 1945, a millionaire named Natalio Michelizzel hired a contractor named Juan Torres to build him a place on the beach where he...

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  • White sandy beaches

    There is no lack of beaches around Piriapolis.Its beaches occupy a 25-kilometer strip along the coast. All of them feature white sandy beaches and clear waters. Whether you enjoy sunbathing, surfing, swimming, or fishing, there is a beach to satisfy. Take your pick from San Francisco, Punta Colorado, Solis, Playa Verde, Bella Vista, Playa Colorado,...

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  • Cerro del Torro

    Cerro del Toro or Bull's Hill is the second highest hill surrounding Piriapolis.If you have always wanted to be see a BIG bull up close then don't miss this sight.From the parking area you can see this bronze bull spouting water, like a waterfall.If you walk up a few steps you will be able to touch it, ride it, or get a drink.This is a 3000 kg...

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  • Piria's castle

    Castillo de Piria or Piria's Castle was the private residence of Piriapolis founder Francisco Piria.The castle was completed in 1897.It is constructed in red brick and has 2 floors plus a basement.The upstairs is furnished much the way it was when Piria lived there. The major difference is the marble flooring in the parlor has been removed.The...

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  • Cerro Pan de Azucar

    The 400 meters high Cerro Pan de Azucar is Uruguay's third highest point. It is located 10 km away from the resort town of Piriapolis. You can climb to the top, there are stairs but there is no road.At the top you will find a large cement cross that can be see as far away as Punta del Este.The cross is 35 meters high.

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  • San Antonio Hill

    San Antonio Hill is one of the most picturesque spots on the Uruguayan coast. It is a natural icon of Piriapolis resort town.It can be reached by chair lifts from the port area. a long hike, or you can drive up in your car to the top.On the way up, you will see a statue of the Fisherman's Virgin, on a small platform, overlooking the sea.At the top...

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  • Explore Jose Ignacio

    The resort town of Jose Ignacio is just a few miles up the beach road from Punta del Este.It is small, only 40 blocks, but it has everything that Punta has to offer except the nightlife. People come here mostly for the beaches, fishing, and the birds. The town is surrounded by several acres of lagoons, making it a birders paradise. It is also a...

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  • Roller Coaster Bridge

    On your way to La Barra from Punta del Este, you will cross an unusual bridge. At first glance you think roller coaster. It was at first a one lane bridge but in 1999 it became a two-way, W - shaped bridge. The bridge is one of the remarable feats of Leonel Viera.

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  • Punta del Este

    Beaches, elegant yacht harbor, too many high rise apartment buildings and expensive hotels, a whole different Uruguay!We arrived in a 'ghost-city' with some elderly people tanning at the beach. And that's what Punta is all about, the beach and showing off with money.Well we did enjoy the silence and the beautiful sea, and off course Punta's famous...

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  • Maldonado - Maldonado

    Maldonado is a polular capital of it's department.We stayed here, because hotels are more cheap here then in Punta del Este. The bus to Punta del este takes just 10 minutes (4 km)Like all Uruguayan towns, beautiful colonial buildings and friendly athmosfere.Nothing much further..

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  • Punta del Este

    Punta del Este is located on the southern end of Uruguay. It is 125km from MVD airport to Punta. It even has its own airport (PDP) and you may fly here from Buenos Aires. Punta del Este is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Uruguay.You will find white sand, sunshine, clear water, and beautiful people. The climate is mild, 25C to 32C...

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  • Chuy/Chui

    When travelling to Brazil or visiting Rocha, you a make a nice stop at the dynamic border village Chuy.It's funny how the border runs straight through town. Left side is Uruguay, with Uruguayan shops and spanish language, right side is Brazil with the portuguese language and brazilian tax free shops. Here you an buy all sort off tax free goods!

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  • Colonia del Sacramento

    When visiting Uruguay, Colonia del Sacramento is a place you definately need to see!Walking trough the historical part (UNESCO heritage), feels like going back in time with the beautiful Portuguese style of colourfull houses and cobblestoned streets.Colonia del Sacramento is across the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires, so there daily are lots of...

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  • Montevideo: Ciudad Vieja

    Discover Montevideo's Ciudad Vieja, in daytime as much as possible. There's a pedestrian street with art galleries and restaurants and just plain nice viewing opportunities, with vendors selling artifacts etc, on streets lined with beautiful old buildings. Montevideo seemed to me to be like a smaller, more approachable town, compared to Buenos...

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  • Visit Parque Anchorena

    It is a huge park with thousands of trees. It has a tower in between & the view from top is marvellous. You could see, Argentina, A tributary of Rio Plata, & Rio Plata & countless trees

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  • Go for excursion to Quebrada de los...

    It's a valley, very deep. You might be tired if not used to trekking.But for trekkers, it is no big deal.We all did not get tired at all.The slope was big & trees were many.Once you go down, there's a smalll river flowing....

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  • Visit Colonia del Sacramento

    Colonia del Sacramento was a beautiful town in Uruguay. Buenos Aires is across the river Rio Plata from here. Colonia changed hands between the Spanish & the Portuguese 14 times. Go to Colonia to see the mix of Spanish & Portuguese architecture. In some cases, you can see 2 neighbouring buildings -one with Spanish architecture & the other with...

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  • 24 hours in Montevideo

    A great city to waste a few days. good restaurants, friendly people and a place to walk along the waterfront. read onhttp://uruguay-travel.suite101.com/article.cfm/24_hours_in_montevideo

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  • Punta del Diablo

    For those people travelling through Uruguay en route to Buenos Aires or heading north to Brazil, stop, wait, look both ways....Uruguay has its own wonderful places, don't just use it as a transit point. For instancePunta del Diablo - 40km or so from the Brazilian border, this small fishing village is a chilled place with amazing beaches some...

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  • Horseback riding

    If you have, like me before my trip to Uruguay, never ridden a horse, then a visit to an estancia can be more than just a cultural experience. I learned about the intelligence, individuality, and herd instinct of these large animals. The estancia owner was patient and the horses were to various degrees tame. I did see a gaucho thrown, but still I...

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