Montevideo, the capital city of Uruguay, is the largest city having approximately one-third of the total population of the country. This is the southernmost city of America and lies on the northeastern bank of Rio de la Plata. The word "Montevideo" has many meanings, yet the term "monte" has one common meaning which is 'Cerro de Montevideo', the hill situated across the Montevideo Bay. There is no proper reason for the term "video" in the history.
The largest and the capital city of Uruguay, Montevideo is spread over an area of 194 square kilometres having one-third population of the country. It was established in 1724 by a Spanish soldier, Bruno Mauricio de Zabala, during the Spanish-Portuguese dispute over the platine region. Montevideo conducted all matches played in the FIFA World Cup. The city has been ranked number one as the highest quality of life city in the entire Latin America by 2015, since a decade. Montevideo has been classified as the Beta World City, ranked seventh in Latin America and 73rd in the world, Montevideo has been ranked 8th in Latin America on the 2013 MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index. The city is full of scenic views, museums, parks, theatres, etc. There is a wide range for shopping from markets to malls to flea markets. The nightlife of the city is also happening allowing the adults to spend some time of relief after all the week's hectic schedule.
You may choose from 85 hotels in the city to stay in during your visit to Montevideo. Alma Historica Boutique Hotel, My Suites, Don Boutique Hotel, Sofitel Montevideo Casino Carrasco & Spa, Smart Hotel Montevideo, are few of the top hotels in the city. These hotels are the top ranked hotels and are recommended to stay.
There is no specific cuisine served in Uruguay. The most famous dish served is the torta-frita, a pan fried cake. As the country consumes lot of beef, Montevideo also serves and eats lots and lots of beef in their meals.
Uruguayan Peso (UYU/UYS)One Uruguayan peso equals 100 centesimos and the coins are further circulated in 1, 2, 5, 10 pesos. The notes used in the country are 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000. The symbol used is similar to that of the States, $U.Major credit cards are accepted widely in the city and ATMs are also available for withdrawals of cash.
The city allows ATM machines for the tourists to withdraw cash with a limit of $300 USD per day. Though one might not find ATMs or banks in small cities or non-tourist locations. It is advisable to carry in hand cash while travelling to small cities.
This is to give an estimate of the amount of money a traveller should carry. Try and give separate ranges for a shoestring budget travel, comfortable travel and luxury travel. Short, objective information expected.
Buses are the best option to get around in the city as the city is not so large and knowing the bus route helps to get around even better. Taxis in the city are not cheap due to the high rates of gasoline, renting a car is better option if booked already.
Most of the locals follow the Roman Catholicism, Christian. And the others follow no religion as they believe in god but with no religion.
The Uruguayan country is not really to the gays and lesbians community. But Montevideo city has few gay bars with only one more city in the entire country that is Punta del Este. No place other than these supoort the gay community. Uruguay and Argentina do not share good relationship with each other hence they do not like to be compared with the other, avoid it.
Spanish is the common language spoken in the city of Montevideo. Along with it, many minorly spoken languages are Portuguese,Italian, Russian and German. Common terms : Hello- Hola; Thank You- gracias; Sorry- lo siento; Nice to meet you- Encantada de conocerte.
In the early centuries, Portugal founded the city of Colonia do Sacramento from Buenos Aires. The city met with no resistance from the Spanish until 1723, when they began to place fortifications on the elevations around Montevideo fort. In recent years the country suffered one of the worst banking crisis in history, which affected all sectors of Montevideo. The economic and the commerce got stronger and improved as the neighbouring countries contributed for the economic development.
Bars and restaurants offer great menus, tons of types of alcohol and amazing music to dance on. You may get a visit by famous DJs playing in house at some bars-restaurants.
There are not many shopping malls in the city, but there are open air/street markets to buy all sorts of items from daily needs, dressing, gifts, etc.