Legislative Palace, © Can Stock Photo / DanFLCreativo
Visit Montevideo – Old Town
Old Town (Ciudad Vieja) is by the port. It has most of the tourist attractions for your Visit Montevideo vacation. The old town can be covered in a half day walk. Start at the Port Market (Mercado del Puerto) for traditional foods and historic culture. Beside the market is the Carnaval Museum (Museo del Carnaval). Next, walk 2 blocks to the Pre Comumbian and Native American Art Museum (Museo de Arte Precolombino e Indigena or Mapi). Then, walk 2 blocks to Palacio Taranco at Plaza Zabala and then 3 blocks east to Plaza Constitucion also known as Plaza Matriz.
After that, take the route along Sarandi Avenue. It is home to the Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), City Hall (el Cabildo) and the Andes Museum (Museo Andes). Around the corner is the Natural History Museum – it’s free. Next it’s two more blocks, skirting the Diversity Monument, past the Torres Garcia Museum (Museo Torres Garcia) and through the Ciudadela gate to Independence Plaza.
Solis Theater, © Can Stock Photo / jorisvo
Visit Montevideo – Independence Plaza
Independence Plaza (Plaza Independencia) contains many buildings from the colonial period for Montevideo. Palacio Salvo faces the square and was once the tallest building in Uruguay. The statue of General Artigas on horseback occupies the center of the plaza. His Mausoleum (Mausoleo de Artigas) can be entered below it. Artigas is known as the father of Uruguay. Also on the square are Estevez Palace and the Executive Tower (Torre Ejecutiva), which are both used by the President of Uruguay. In a corner of the square is the Solis Theater (Teatro Solis).
Visit Montevideo – Las Ramblas
Take a taxi cab ride along las Ramblas. This is a the series of waterfront avenues along the coastline of Montevideo surrounding the Old Town. Take a sunset stroll there too. On your Las Ramblas cab ride, visit the African section of Montevideo called Barrio Sur. Another great choice for a cab ride is to drive through the elegant districts of Punta Gorda and also through Carrasco on the way to the airport.
Tours from Montevideo
- Punta del Este Day trip from Montevideo. It’s just over 2 hours one way by bus.
- Day Trip to Colonia from Montevideo.
- Wine Tasting Tour from Montevideo.
La Carreta Monument, © Can Stock Photo / PhotoEstelar
Savor the Tastes of Montevideo
- Chivito sandwich – steak, hard boiled egg and vegetables.
- Milanesa – meat dipped in egg and breadcrumbs, then fried.
- Dulce de leche – chocolaty caramel sauce.
- Churros – like a stick donut.
- Carne asado cooked over a parilla – Uruguay loves meat cooked over flames nearly as much as people from Argentina do.
- El Oro del Rhin Cafe (gold of the Rhine) for German pastry.
- Mercado del Puerto
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