Montevideo, Uruguay

Nestled between the continent's two giants, Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay is the second smallest country in South America. More than half of the nation's population of three million reside in the capital of Montevideo, located at Uruguay's southernmost point on the Rio de la Plata. Although small in size, Uruguay has proven to be big-hearted - the country is one of the most literate nations in the world while Montevideo is one of South America's most interesting and cosmopolitan capitals.

Montevideo is a charming city made up of 19th-century Beaux Arts buildings, parks, and historical monuments.

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Points of Interest

  • Plaza Independencia and/or Avenida 18 de Julio
  • Estancia
  • Vineyards/Wine Tasting
  • Punta Del Este
  • Ciudad Vieja (Old City)
  • Port Market
  • Colonia Del Sacramento
  • Legislative Palace
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  • Plaza Independencia and/or Avenida 18 de Julio

    Illuminated by magnificent architecture, this central plaza divides the Old Town and newer downtown of Montevideo, with the historical buildings, trendy shops and cafes of Avenida 18 de Julio as an offshoot.

  • Estancia

    Experience the life of Uruguay's iconic gaucho with a visit to a sprawling livestock ranch to sheer a sheep, watch demonstrations of horsemanship and enjoy a delicious open-fire barbecue.

  • Vineyards/Wine Tasting

    Tour one of Uruguay's outstanding wineries to sample elegant wines and learn about the excellent soils and ideal microclimates that attracted winemakers to the area over a century ago.

  • Punta Del Este

    Punta del Este is the South America's most famous seaside resorts and home to Latin American and international jet setters. A seaside resort with amusements and pleasures to satisfy the tastes of the most sophisticated tourists also has wonderful beaches.

  • Ciudad Vieja (Old City)

    A gateway is all that remains of the wall that once protected the oldest neighborhood in Montevideo - home to famous museums, cathedrals, theaters and stunning colonial architecture.

  • Port Market

    This indoor maze of vendors grilling tantalizing meats and selling clothing, crafts, and souvenirs is a frequent venue for local musicians and popular destination for tourists and locals alike.

  • Colonia Del Sacramento

    Founded in 1680, the oldest town in Uruguay is a World Heritage Site renowned for its historic quarter featuring winding, cobblestone streets and colorful houses reminiscent of old Lisbon.

  • Legislative Palace

    The graceful palace is considered one of the three most beautiful legislative buildings in the world.

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Easy Montevideo

2.5 hours | Montevideo | MVD-290
  • Plaza Independencia and/or Avenida 18 de Julio

This tour is designed for passengers who prefer to see some sights from the transportation with little or no walking involved. Explore South America's most cosmopolitan capital city from the comfort of your transportation during this leisurely, two-and-a-half hour, narrated drive. Enjoy a photo stop at the Legislative Palace. Travel along Montevideo's seaside promenade for vistas of the city's gorgeous beaches.

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City Drive, Soccer Museum & Legislative Palace

4 hours | Montevideo | MVD-200
  • Ciudad Vieja (Old City)
  • Plaza Independencia and/or Avenida 18 de Julio
  • Legislative Palace

Experience one of South America's cosmopolitan capital during this half-day narrated city drive. View Montevideo's historic parks, plazas and monuments. Tour the Soccer Museum celebrating Uruguay's four World Cup Championships. Visit the Legislative Palace, one of the world's most beautiful legislative buildings. Enjoy a scenic drive along Montevideo's beaches.

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City Drive, Soccer Museum & Legislative Palace (Guided in German)

4 hours | Montevideo | MVD-203
  • Ciudad Vieja (Old City)
  • Plaza Independencia and/or Avenida 18 de Julio
  • Legislative Palace

Experience South America's most cosmopolitan capital during this half-day narrated city drive. View Montevideo's historic parks, plazas and monuments. Tour the Soccer Museum celebrating Uruguay's four World Cup Championships. Visit the Legislative Palace, one of the world's most beautiful legislative buildings. Enjoy a scenic drive along Montevideo's beaches.

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City Drive, Soccer Museum & Legislative Palace (Guided in Spanish)

4 hours | Montevideo | MVD-202
  • Ciudad Vieja (Old City)
  • Plaza Independencia and/or Avenida 18 de Julio
  • Legislative Palace

Experience South America's most cosmopolitan capital during this half-day narrated city drive. View Montevideo's historic parks, plazas and monuments. Tour the Soccer Museum celebrating Uruguay's four World Cup Championships. Visit the Legislative Palace, one of the world's most beautiful legislative buildings. Enjoy a scenic drive along Montevideo's beaches.

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Colonia Del Sacramento

8.5 hours | Montevideo | MVD-120
  • Colonia Del Sacramento

Step back in time to explore Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay's oldest town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Enjoy a guided, narrated stroll along 17th century cobblestone streets lined with colorful colonial houses. Visit the Church, remains of a Franciscan Convent, an old bullring, and the Light House.

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Punta del Este & Ralli Museum

7.5 hours | Montevideo | MVD-115
  • Plaza Independencia and/or Avenida 18 de Julio
  • Punta Del Este

Explore Uruguay during this full-day tour via transportation. See Montevideo's highlights on a narrated drive. Travel to famed seaside resort Punta del Este, home to international jet-setters. Tour Fundación Ralli Museum featuring contemporary Latin American art, including works by Salvador Dali. Enjoy a delicious lunch before your relaxing drive back to Montevideo.

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Local Connections: Best of Montevideo & Spinoglio Winery

6 hours | Montevideo | MVD-105
  • Ciudad Vieja (Old City)
  • Legislative Palace
  • Plaza Independencia and/or Avenida 18 de Julio
  • Vineyards/Wine Tasting

Get acquainted with Montevideo on a sightseeing tour that showcases landmarks such as Ciudad Vieja, the city's oldest neighborhood; Prado Park; and the beautiful, palm tree-lined Plaza Independencia. But the day's highlight may be the visit to Spinoglio Winery for lunch, a wine tasting and a tango performance.

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Estancia La Rabida & City Drive

6.5 hours | Montevideo | MVD-100
  • Plaza Independencia and/or Avenida 18 de Julio
  • Estancia

Taste the iconic "gaucho" life with this full-day visit to a 100-year-old estancia. Enjoy views of Montevideo's highlights before heading to the countryside. Tour the ranch by horse-drawn carriage or antique automobile. Witness a demonstration of gaucho horsemanship. Indulge in a traditional barbeque and local wine as you enjoy gaucho dances and folk music.

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