One very interesting site to see is the 56-foot statue of Jose Gervasio Artigas riding a horse. If you park on the street, you may see someone hanging about. All three of these communities have unique characteristics, but for the purposes of this overview, we will lump them together. Here is a good place to start your search for. The fine-sand shore only sees small waves, ideal for visitors with young children.
Get Your Free Uruguay Report Here: Learn more about Uruguay and other countries in our free daily postcard e-letter. Address: Mercado Agrícola de Montevideo — Local 80 — José L. I took a deep breath and wheeled my luggage into the terminal. There is a small soccer museum in the soccer stadium. Before you read on, take a look at the video I shot of the neighborhoods in Montevideo I write about below.
A good place to start for a more leisurely stroll is at the Montevideo sign near Avenidas Luis Alberto de Herrera to snap a token tourist shot, then head towards the old town. What to See in Montevideo Scope out the best of Montevideo from the height of 262 feet 80 m above street level. On the other side of Plaza Independencia is the stunning Palacio Salvo, a building intended to be a hotel but instead houses offices and apartments. Whilst some of the exhibits in definitely fell into this category, this particular gallery is well worth a visit - if only for the building in which it is housed. There may very well be a visitor center on the left as you exit the port, but the place where we obtained our map for the walking tour was on the right and could not have been any larger than 20' X 20', hence my description of it as a shack.
Authentic eateries in the market offer parrilla, or meats barbequed in the Uruguayan tradition. Outside the market, there's a few souvenir stalls, jewellery sellers and the odd busker or two, mingled in with throngs of Brazilian tourists and men advising you to visit their store for some marijuana. About the Author Currently based in Japan, Mary Richardson is a travel writer and enthusiast. I assume that it will be the same tour guide and family, but I suppose that could vary. They were the inaugural hosts and winners of the tournament in 1930 and won it again in 1950. Plaza Virgilio Next up on the list of Things to Do in Montevideo is Plaza Virgilio.
The impressive palace was designed in a neoclassical style, with noted Greek influence in its exterior facades. It is a tradition to have lunch at this market on Saturdays. Backed by high-rise apartment buildings, the beach throngs in summer with sunbathers, swimmers and volleyball games, while the winter months are more for quiet strolls and dog walks. Although the area sees a very residential population, the influx of summer tourists definitely keeps the beach booming, where there are two types of coastline: brava fierce and mansa tame. Mansa Beach, Brava Beach and Gorriti Island are some of the most popular and many visitors simply spend their time in Punta del Este enjoying the surf and sun.
Parrillada is one thing that any true meat-eater must try when visiting Montevideo. The Tres Cruces bus terminal is likely to be your arrival and departure point. Constructed in 1928, Palacio Salvo is a historical landmark building done in a predominantly Italian Gothic-style, with classic and neo-romanticism influences as well. Usually there are some tourist buses at the port you can hoho but some folk say they are not that often and can be full when they arrive at popular stops. Great question, and I'm eager to hear as well! Pick up a distinctive wearable souvenir by , a sustainable clothing brand for men and women, or grab a beer by local brewery Or catch some live music or dance under the giant central skylight; Sinergia hosts a rotating calendar of cultural events. It wasn't a surprise when we learned that the country consumes more kilos per person of the stuff than anywhere else.
This trip to Montevideo was nothing like the first; it was an immersive exploration of a fantastic culture. Recommended reading: has rejected the use of the presidential palace and chosen to stay in his house, a small farm on the outskirts of Montevideo. Here are our seven awesome things to do in Uruguay following our trip there in September 2016. I can only report on my own experiences, and, unless you were there with me, you really have no basis for declaring that I am wrong. Tour the massive arena—a site that seats more than 60,000 people—and head inside the Football Museum, one of the most visited attractions in all of Montevideo. All of them meet in restaurants.
Traffic can be heavy going from Montevideo towards Punta del Este on Fridays and the opposite direction Sundays especially in January. You can find cheap domestic flights throughout the country or even take a bus. It was built in 1856, and is currently owned by the government of Montevideo. If you are interested in South American art head to Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes. Some ferias also have venders selling a variety of goods as well as food. Our tour concluded as we arrived at the , where we were surrounded by Uruguayan barbeque restaurants—a welcome sight as we remembered that we had completely missed lunch! The conversation, not the mate. On and around these streets, find a large selection of and high-rises apartments that lend the skyline a Miami-like vibe.
Transportation in the City The large majority of people living in Montevideo do not own a car. The mausoleum is located in the center of the square, under the monument, and is open Monday from 12pm to 6pm and Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. A small fishing town about six miles north of the Punta del Este peninsula, La Barra has been converted into a tourist area with colorful houses, flea markets and antique shops. Typically you will find anywhere between 150 and 200 stalls with Uruguayan artists exhibiting a variety of items for sale. Far less crowded than Buenos Aires across the Rio de Plata, Montevideo has a leisurely vibe as relaxing as it is welcome. I had read they have zero tolerance for alcohol, so I'm not planning on having any while we're out driving around that day.
Gay marriage is legal there, as is marijuana; in fact, Uruguay was the first country in the world to regulate the production, sale, and consumption of marijuana. . This tour sounds like it's exactly what we're looking for. Besides experiencing a working, family-owned ranch, the grilled lunch they put out was simply amazing. Unknown for many, Montevideo is the capital city of Uruguay. Opening times: Wednesday - Saturday 2 p. South America is definitely one of the most memorable places we've been to.