Montevideo Travel Guide

  • Montevideo
    by easterntrekker
  • Plaza Principal
    Plaza Principal
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  • Ciudad Vieja
    Ciudad Vieja
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Montevideo Things to Do

  • Plaza Independencia

    4 out of 5 stars

    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

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Teatro Solis

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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Montevideo Hotels

Montevideo Restaurants

  • Panini's

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Don Peperone (Ciudad Vieja)

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • El Fogon

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    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

    Is the main bus terminal of Uruguay to concentrate the most traffic of passengers and bus, both national and international, in franco increase from year to year. The terminal has more than 20 000 000 visits a year, of which 12 000 000 Are passengers traveling to and from Montevideo.

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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

  • Mall

    there are everything, The mall was often pretty crowded and it seemed to be a happening place. We did not really go into and clothing stores, but we did visit the supermarket which was really nice and not expensive. everything cash, credic card, saving card

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  • all things in one place

    there are everything, The mall was often pretty crowded and it seemed to be a happening place. We did not really go into and clothing stores, but we did visit the supermarket which was really nice and not expensive. everything cash, credic card, saving card

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  • 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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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

    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 and vandalism, which is a punishable crime. Graffiti may also express underlying social and political messages and a whole genre of artistic...

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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

  • pickpockets in the old center

    there is boy, young and adult, that steal accounts receivable, wallets, above all of the your tourists and who they pass distracted. I just wanted to let people know that, I'm sorry, but I don't think Montevideo is safe at all (at least not the old city).

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  • 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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Montevideo Tourist Traps

  • is note the green city

    the city and in general the country is not like green and ecological place, they need do so much about ecological think, the the beach are really messi, the people dont care about where put your garbage. the beach ar eso messi, th erambla of montevideo, always os many plastic bothels, garbage, etc try to put your recicle things in the few place...

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  • 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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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

  • Old Cellars of the Cabildo

    route of wine, good experience and recommend a visit by the quality of its wines.a family atmosphere will guide the tourist in tour of their vineyards, and then go to taste their wines accompanied by cheese and delicious empanadas.

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  • Antiguas Bodegas del Cabildo Montevideo

    route of wine, good experience and recommend a visit by the quality of its wines.a family atmosphere will guide the tourist in tour of their vineyards, and then go to taste their wines accompanied by cheese and delicious empanadas.

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  • 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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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 General

  • MASONERY IN URUGUAY

    although it can be assumed the presence in the Eastern Band of freemasons, launched in Europe, during the eighteenth century, it was only in 1807, during the British invasions, that the Order came to these lands. As of that date, they appear at different times of the history of the Eastern Province, many men with backgrounds in masonic activities....

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  • 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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