Montevideo Local Customs

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  • 1. 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...

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  • 2. Street artists/art

    the grafitis is part of culture, have become the most commonly used graffiti materials. In most countries, marking or painting property without the property owner's permission is considered defacement...

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  • 3. 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...

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  • 4. La Noche de las Luces

    La noche de las luces (Night of Lights) is one of the most popular parties in Montevideo. Every year, in December, in a Saturday evening there is a fireworks...

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  • 5. Concerts

    During spring or summertime, you can enjoy open air concerts (for free) at different parks and squares; Orquesta Filarmónica de Montevideo (Philharmonic...

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  • 6. Día del Patrimonio

    Día del Patrimonio (Heritage Day) is a new holiday: in 1995, the National Heritage Comittee promoted one day (it was a Saturday in September) when all the...

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  • 7. Feria de Tristan Narvaja/flea market

    The most famous flea market, full of antiques and curious things is Tristan Narvaja. The market is on the street, every sunday morning and is located almost in...

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  • 8. La Cumparsita

    Argentina claims the birth of the Tango, but did you know that the most famous Tango dance of all, La Cumparsita, was created in Uruguay?We saw the most...

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  • 9. New Years

    I was there on the 29th of December, last working day before New Year Eve and people were throwing around their old calendar pages from that year. All over the...

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  • 10. More urban wanderings

    The best thing you can bring to Montevideo is a good pair of walking shoes. You can avoid the cabs and buses and just see it on foot. It's a great way to get...

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  • 11. Vamos La Vela de mi corazon!

    I wasn't sure where to put this tip.....La Vela Puerca is one of the biggest bands in Uruguay, they have a mixture of styles within their records, mostly rock...

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  • 12. Endless discussions

    In Uruguay we are very democratic and love to have discussions about politics. Last year a left wing party got the presidency for the first time and...

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  • 13. La Musa 1

    Every group of the Candombé has a so called MUSA, a generally goodlooking, little wearing girl which is kind of motivating the group. As I was very exotic to...

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  • 14. Yemanjá (2)

    The devotees of Yemanjá or Iemanjá), Godess of the Sea, give her offerings on February 2nd; flowers, candles, combs, even jewels, are deposited into small...

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  • 15. Yemanjá

    Uruguay is a lay country, and a lot of people do not practice any religion; the majority of those who do have a religion are Catholic, but during the last years...

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  • 16. Bohemian City / Ciudad Bohemia

    Montevideo is a bohemian city, the ciudad vieja is the perfect place to walk around, watch people and think, with a previous stop at a cafe to have a cortado of...

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  • 17. Fishing

    I do not fish (I do like fish!) but a lot of people in Montevideo fish (just to eat, as a sport or as a job). As Montevideo has a long sea front, you can find...

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  • 18. Have you got a dog?

    Everybody MUST HAVE at least one dog in Montevideo (or a cat, a bird, a turtle, a hamster, some fishes, whatever); people who do not have a pet MUST have a good...

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  • 19. Llamadas

    The most famous parade of our carnival is "llamadas" parade, maximum expression of "candombe". Candombe is an afro-uruguyan rythmical music and dance; during...

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  • 20. Carnival!

    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)....

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  • 21. Feria de Libros y Grabados

    Many cities have an annual book fair; Montevideo has two: the "official" Feria del Libro, which takes place in September and is organized by Cámara Uruguaya del...

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  • 22. La Fiesta Final

    La Fiesta Final (The Final Party) is a great outdoors party that takes place the last weekend of November or the first one of December. An open place is closed...

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  • 23. "Hacer vereda"

    When springtime arrives, and during summertime evenings, some Montevideans take their chairs to the sidewalk ("vereda") and watch the life pass by... and talk...

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  • 24. Watching a soccer match

    A quite common custom is watching a fútbol (soccer) match; for this, you have several options: you can go to the stadium (obviously!), you can stay at home and...

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  • 25. "Hacer rambla"

    "Hacer rambla" ("to make sea front") is one of the most popular customs of Montevidean people, especially during spring and summertime. Everybody is there,...

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