Montevideo Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia


Uruguay is dwarfed by Brazil and Argentina, but this tiny South American country is emerging from the shadows cast by its giant neighbors The capitol Montevideo is warming up to becoming one of the continent’s favorite destinations. With its grassy plains and flat coastline, Uruguay naturally keeps a low profile. It’s an unhurried place where colonial architecture
and modern development balance each other out with ease. In between the high-rises of the capital Montevideo, stately mansions have been restored to their
former glory and now house theaters, museums and opulent hotels. Although Uruguay seems in no rush to be discovered, the news about its revival is spreading fast. In the past few decades, Montevideo has made a name for itself as one
of the most livable cities in South America, with advanced social policies
and free education for all. Add to that a warm, temperate climate, pleasant sea breezes and miles of beach boulevards and you’ll
understand why this peaceful city was bound to get noticed. From Montevideo’s pointy Telecommunications
Tower in the harbor you can see the lone hill that first gave
away Uruguay’s presence some 500 years ago. Some say a Portuguese explorer sailed by and
called out “Monte-vid-eo!” “I see a hill!”, while others believe it was the Spanish who
named the city. With the Portuguese claiming the land for
Brazil and the Spanish eager to expand Argentina, both nations hurried to forge strategic ports
and fortresses. This rivalry resulted in a tug of war lasted
for over three centuries, with Uruguay slipping into and out of the
grips of Argentina and Brazil. The Uruguayans never fully surrendered to
either side and, with England as referee, became independent in 1825. In the centrally located Plaza Independencia, visit the mausoleum for the revolutionary
hero José Artigas, who gave up his own freedom for the liberty
of his country. Above the ground, his statue faces the eclectic
design of the Palacio Salvo. A century ago, this skyscraper was the tallest
on the continent and it’s still a national symbol of pride
today. In the nearby Plaza Matriz, the cities oldest square, the 18th-century Metropolitan Cathedral also
reaches for the skies. Step inside to enjoy a moment of quiet contemplation
under its majestic roof. While this Roman Catholic church is still
the focal point of the Old Town, the multi-cultural ‘Montevideanos’ are
of many different faiths. With Portuguese and Spanish blood running
through their veins, it’s unsurprising that soccer has united
the locals like no religion ever could. Sports rivalries aside, the Uruguayans live in harmony with their
Argentinean and Brazilian neighbors and were quick to embrace the best of their
architecture, hospitality and culture. Ever since colonial times, Carnival has been just as important to Montevideo
as it is to Rio de Janeiro. Just like in Brazil, it all started with African slaves, who would dress up and parade in the streets
for harvest fest. And, in the Uruguayan capital you can also
get a taste of Brazil’s vibrant beach culture. Take a little vacation from exploring the
city and join the locals for a refreshing swim
or fun game on De Los Pocitos Beach. Watch closely, and you’ll see groups of
friends sharing a yerba mate A tea poured from a flask into
calabash gourds with silver straws. a tradition they share with the Argentineans. For the final proof that Uruguay combines
the best of both worlds, join the locals for lunch in the Mercado del
Puerto. From the irresistible barbecue smells coming
from under its wrought-iron roof, it’s clear that Uruguayans are just as passionate
about “parrilla” as the Argentineans are. First, take your pick from cuts of home-grown
beef or lamb at a market stall and then have the experts grill it for you
on the spot. One of the city’s most loved assets is its
19-mile long promenade, La Rambla. As you follow it along, from the Old Town to the outer suburbs, the walkway changes names often… but never
its appeal. Enjoy the community atmosphere in the late
afternoon, when office workers and students spill out
of the city to gather here for sunset. As they say, it’s often the journey that
teaches you the most about your destination. So, leave Montevideo behind for a little road
trip and soak up some history along the way. A great place to start is Colonia del Sacramento, just a few hours to the west of Montevideo
by car. Enter the riverside settlement over the drawbridge
of the Portón de Campo, the impressive city gate. Wander Colonia’s cobblestoned tree-lined
streets to take in the simple beauty of days gone by For lunch, find a table at an al-fresco seafood restaurant or take a seat in Colonia’s popular Drugstore
Café. The city’s most iconic landmark is its idyllic
lighthouse, set atop the ruins of a 17th-century convent. Make your way up to its lantern room and look out over the town and over the water towards Buenos Aires Basking in the last rays of the day, the colonial charm of this little peninsula
becomes even more authentic in the late afternoon. Hard as it may be to leave such a dreamy place
behind, it’s time to enjoy some of the country’s
historic beach resorts. Take a road trip along the coastal towns to
the east of Montevideo for a chance to really get off the beaten
track. Piriápolis is a local favorite, with nice beaches and great coastal views
from its hilltop San Antonio Temple. While there, view the Castle of Piria, the opulent mansion of a rich local who founded
the city in 1890. From Piriápolis, it’s few hour’s by car to La Paloma, another 19th-century beach resort centered
around its eye-catching lighthouse on the Cabo de Santa
María peninsula. Another recommended stopover on your way to Uruguay’s east coast is Punta Ballena. The small peninsula is home to Casapueblo, one of South America’s most awe-inspiring hotels local artist Carlos Páez Vilaró. Who created it as his workshop and living space, was inspired by the way local hornero birds shape their nest. After his death his life’s work became a
museum and the artistic rooms are rented out to guests. When you reach the lighthouse of Punta del
Este, you’ve arrived at the easternmost point
of the inlet, where the “Silver River” meets the Atlantic
Ocean. Punta del Este is one of those resort towns that reaches out to those who love the simple
pleasures in life, As with any journey, it’s often the little
things that stay with you the most. Although Uruguay may be small, its big heart…. and relaxing vibe…. create a lifetime of memories. Every time you feel a sea breeze, get a whiff of a smoking grill, or see the shimmering outline of a setting
sun…. you will think of Uruguay, and smile.

100 Replies to “Montevideo Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

  1. I love the mercato looks even better than the mercato in Barcelona- very nice movie !

  2. I haven’t been back to Uruguay 🇺🇾 for 12 years going there next summer can’t wait to see my old neighbor hood but this time I’m going to see all of Uruguay not just stay in Montevideo

  3. Around 95% of Uruguayans are of European descent, with ancestry from Spain and Italy, but also from France, the UK, Russia, Germany, Poland, and some Eastern European countries. It is important to take this into account because most of these groups contributed to shaping our identity and their share in our ethnical makeup is often overlooked.

  4. Why do you have to constantly compare Uruguay you compare it to Argentina and Brasil. Uruguay is it own country !!

  5. Uruguay is a suburb of Buenos Aires, except it's cleaner. LOL
    Abrazo a mi amigos en Uruguay….Saludos desde Argentina!

  6. Wrong ! We don’t have much Portuguese blood running through our veins ! We have predominantly Spanish, Italian, French & so on …

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  8. …but then at night(creepy voice) Uruguay turns its back on you…

    Seriously though Uruguay🇺🇾 looks beautiful and I hope to visit Montevideo soon
    Love from the USA 🇺🇸

  9. "Uruguay is emerging as one of South America's…" Well, during my upbringing in Santa Barbara, California, it couldn't be lost on anyone, however hard of hearing, that the upper classes there felt — and perhaps all over the US — that Uruguay was the equivalent of Switzerland. And this was in the 40s and 50s. Perhaps even before that. So "…emerging…" might not be an accurate description of the country's historical position as a tourist destination. Entonces Viva Uruguay, tierra bonita y gente amable con mejores recuerdos del tanguero Carlos Gardel.

  10. Definitely an underappreciated travel destination and undeservedly so albeit it wont be escaping my eye though. How I would love to visit next yr from Trinidad and Tobago. Uruguayans are like my soul mates, we're unapologetic meat and wine enthusiasts in kind.

  11. there is a big mistake in this video, the Uruguayans are mostly descendants of Spaniards and Italians, not Portuguese and soccer was brought to this country by the English railroad workers, it is the first world champion and the country with the most official titles in the world, It is not a small thing for a country with only 3.5 million peoples.

  12. I was there almost 10 years ago and loved it!!! I really liked the food, culture, customs, people, love of liberty, and all the old classic cars that people still drive. I drove through 15 of the 19 departments of Uruguay! I met the man outside of Colonia de Sacramento that is in the Guiness World Record Book for his pencil collection. I loved the Hot Springs in Dayman, south of Salto, way up north. I climbed to the top of that lighthouse in Colonia, but never did visit Paloma, which was past Punta Del Este. Great Vlog, you got my vote!!

  13. Estaría chido irse a vivir unos 5 mesesitos a Montevideo
    Chance y hasta agarró una bella uruguaya y me la traigo a México 🇺🇾🇲🇽😁🤙

  14. Montevideo – my favourite city in Latin America! I will go there again in February! It is so great to walk thru Ciudad Vieja and along the Rambla and finish the day with a glass (or 2 or 3) of delicious Tannat red wine in Bodega Gato Negro in Punta Carretas! 😁

  15. My Mum is from San Pedro Sula Honduras. I went there two years ago. I was terrified for every moment I breathed.

    My Dad is from Uruguay and I have never been. After seeing this video….I desperately need to go. I didn't realize there were safer Latin American countries.

  16. Went there back in 2009,and loved the relaxed feel of Uruguay.Hired a car and drove around the whole country.No traffic jams and fairly good roads.I want to visit again this year.Hope I get there!Adios!

  17. Montevideo and Adelaide of Australia are very similar. I really don't know why Uruguay not so famous(except football off course).

  18. It's been a couple years since bringing this to the attention of Expedia and the Uruguayan government; at 5:23, on the left side of the screen, there is a clear and obvious obscenity spray painted on a structure, in English. This does not reflect very professionally on either agency as this video continues to be viewed unedited. On the other hand, it's nice to know that British, Canadian, and American tourists are given ample lingusitic accommodation when it comes to profanity in Uruguay 🙂

  19. Hay muchisimo mas que ver en Uruguay solo llendo por dos semanas basta para recorrer todos los puntos mas lindos del pais recomiendo: barrios carrasco(montevideo), sierras de lavalleja ,dep.(estado) de lavalleja, dep. Rivera. , Salto termas , tacuarembo , paysandu y el cañon de laureles entre otros pueblos y cuidades

  20. Que lindo es montevideo, tengo que volver… Arriba uruguay carajo! (y eso que soy argento jajaja, Brasilero [email protected]@@ ajajajaja -no es en serio, me caen bien los brazucas, abrazos a todos y dejense de pelear al pedo.)

  21. I luv Uruguay n i will settle there 4 ever. Amen live n die here. Peaceful Country no crime. GB Uruguay. Amen
    Montevideo. Excellent job.

  22. Salute To All My Uruguayan Brothers From Naples Florida 🇺🇸 The Truth Of Uruguay 🇺🇾 Is in The People That’s What Makes Everybody That Visits Uruguay Want to Come Back Proud To Be Born in Uruguay 🇮🇹🇺🇾🇺🇸

  23. Es muy lindo montevideo. Ermosa como argentina. Sus playas y la junte. Pero mi comentario es a la lotería como en argentina . Me gustaría que fuesen más controlados por que nadie gana más que las loterías que se respetará más desde que tenemos control con las computadoras las posibilidades de ganar no existen .

  24. Wonderful video. I grew up in Toronto Canada but I'm from Maldonado, the city surrounding Punta del Este and have a beach front property in Punta. I wish the video would have focused a little more on the amenities offered by Punta, as the peninsula is entirely devoted to it's annual tourist base. Punta del Este is not cheap. It caters to a huge amount of South American celebrities and the jet-set elite but there are enough hotel and restaurant varieties as well as cost free activities to allow visitors of every pocket size to come and enjoy what Punta has to offer. Most of the people I know, who have traveled to Punta for the first time, say it's the most beautiful place they've ever gone to, with the most beautiful, sun tanned people.

  25. Uruguay is basically a large ‘neighborhood’ in South America, it’s not going to appeal to anyone who’s a tourist — that’s partly why I absolutely love it.

  26. Soy de Buenos Aires y veo que Montevideo se parece mas a Buenos Aires que a Brasil 1. Por lo llano 2. Por el modo de hablar 3. Por la Carne 4. Por el Futbol 5.por similidud de Arquitectura Francesa española igual que en Buenos Aires y por lo Italoamericanos que somos ambos 6. Por el Idioma, 7. Por los Apellidos 8. Por tener el mismo río 9. Por las Personas 10. Por el Tango

  27. I met a nice man from Uruguay a month ago and I realised I didn't know anything about his country. Now I know more. Thanks!

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