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  • Plaza Independencia

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Museo Español (Spanish Museum)

    Colonia del Sacramento Things to Do

    The Museo Español (Spanish Museum) was located near the port, in a street named España (Spain). It was very didactic and explained the spanish colonial period in that town, from the times when it was retaken by the spaniards to the portuguese invaders, to the independence of Uruguay.

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  • Don Quijote Statue

    Fray Bentos Things to Do

    Being spaniard, from Barcelona, I was very happy to see the personage of Don Quijote, that all the children in Spain read Cervantes book about this intimate personage. Don Quijote is very loved in all spanish american countries, especially in Guanajuato, Mexico, where there is a museum devoted to him.

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  • Maldonado Square

    Departamento de Maldonado Things to Do

    the square have the catedral, the monument, etc. The Plaza has a scenario on level, for musical activities and cultural events, social, and political, preserves some ancient and magnificent trees enriching it with new species, the statue of Jose Gervasio Artigas located northeast looks to the southwest. Toward the middle of the south side is the...

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  • Ciudad Vieja

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Old Cathedral

    Colonia del Sacramento Things to Do

    It was very peaceful inside. The cathedral is inside the UNESCO site. I read in a sign that it was first built in 1680, but then in 1810 it was modified. Spanish built it. Then a storm destroyed it and 30 years later was again restored.

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  • Canned Meat Factory

    Fray Bentos Things to Do

    This site is a UNESCO world patrimony, and because of that I went to visit it. I am not a specialist in factories, therefore I did not enjoy that visit as much as I enjoyed Colonia del Sacramento old town the previous day. But anyway, Fray Bentos was on my way to the north of Argentina, so that visit was not formidable but it was the only tourist...

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  • Teatro Solis

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • UNESCO Sign

    Colonia del Sacramento Things to Do

    Colonia del Sacramento is a world patrimony. It combines elements of portuguese and spanish architecture, which makes it a very attractive colonial town. Colonia is also the first town founded in today Uruguay.

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  • Tourist Information Office

    Fray Bentos Things to Do

    The Tourist Information Office is located in downtown, in the main street, so you will not miss it when arriving to the bus station. Inside, I was given several brochures and the schedule of the canned meat factory (UNESCO site), which was the main reason to stop in Fray Bentos.

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  • Palcio Salvo

    4 out of 5 stars

    Montevideo Things to Do

    Palacio Salvo, for many years the tallest building in South America is the twin of the magnificent Palacio Barolo in Buenos Aires. It guards the south-east corner Plaza Independencia, and of The same architect (Mario Palanti) designed both buildings. This one was once planned as a hotel, but is now occupied by sundry offices and apartments. It...

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  • Artigas Monument

    Colonia del Sacramento Things to Do

    Artigas is considered the father of Uruguayan nationhood. You will see his monument and name in many streets and cities of Uruguay. He descend from a family in Spain, that emigrated to present Uruguay (in those times it was part of Argentina) to improve their lives in Zaragoza (Spain).

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  • Mercado del Puerto

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Museo Torres García

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • 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

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Pocitos

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Plaza Zabala

    4 out of 5 stars

    Montevideo Things to Do

    In pride of place in this leafy square, set at an angle to the Ciduad Vieja's rectilinear street grid is the equestrian statue to Montevideo's founder, Bruno Mauricio de Zabala. The statue was erected in 1890, when the square was established, on a wasteland left after the demolition of an old fort. On the base of the monument, the coat of arms of...

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  • Palacio Legislativo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Parque Rodo

    Montevideo Things to Do

    is the more beautifull park in the city, is near of city center and the beach, have big lake. The nature is wonderful in that area of Montevideo. The problem is that everything is very dirty, especially the lake. Old traditional park uruguayo, which bears the name of one of the great thinkers and psalmist José Enrique Rodo, is more than anything...

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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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  • Port

    Montevideo Things to Do

    The Port of Montevideo is located on the River of the Silver, The water surface of the port is divided into three docks (River Basin, Darsena I and Dock II). The surface of the earth is approximately 110 hectares, mostly dedicated to operations.

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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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  • 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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  • Bastion de San Miguel

    The gate is part of the old wall of Bastion De San Miguel and almost reaches the water. The Bastion de San Miguel, can also be found in the center of Colonia del Sacramento. From here it is a nice stroll along Calle De Los Suspiros and Calle Paseo De San Gabriel which contains the oldest of the stone, tile and stucco colonial homes. The Bastion de...

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  • Visit COLONIA

    It was the end of a ten months journey around South America, hitchhiking and using boats and trucks. I had my ticket back to Barcelona, in Spain from Buenos AiresI had entered Uruguay hitchhiking, coming from Porto Alegre, in Brazil. Upon arriving to Montevideo I stayed with friends for almost one week. After that I left to Buenos Aires where I had...

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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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