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Montevideo Tourism

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.

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Currency in Montevideo

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.

Exchanging Money in Montevideo

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.

Daily Budget for Montevideo

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.

Religion of Montevideo

Most of the locals follow the Roman Catholicism, Christian. And the others follow no religion as they believe in god but with no religion.

Montevideo Customs

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.

Language of Montevideo

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.

History of Montevideo

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.

Nightlife in Montevideo

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.

Shopping in Montevideo

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.

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How to Reach Montevideo

How to Reach Overview

Airplane, bus, boat, car are the four main modes of transport by which one can reach Montevideo, Uruguay.

How to reach Montevideo by flight

Carrasco International Airport is 15 km east of the city. The airport is connected to the city centre via major four-divided arterial roads. Most international flights land here.

How to reach Montevideo by road

Renting a car in Montevideo is not recommended as the rent is high and the traffic on the road is heavy. It is recommended to hire a taxi to roam around in the city.

How to reach Montevideo by train

There are no railways to enter the city.

How to reach Montevideo by bus

Bus services are also available via Buquebus company via colonia. It takes about an hour or two for buses to reach Montevideo, with around $U188. If you book via internet you may get the express service for around $U500.

How to reach Montevideo by waterways

Tourists can enter through waterways in boats or ferries operated by Buquebus. It just takes 2 hours to reach Montevideo if using ferries. The ferry arrives in the Ciudad Vieja district of Montevideo, situated very close to downtown.

Local transport in Montevideo

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.

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FAQs on Montevideo

What is the best time to visit Montevideo?

The city can be visited all year round but the best time is the off-season months of the year, i.e., March-May and September-November, are surprisingly the best onths to visit the city. The days are mild and are similar to that of the Indian weather. The nights are chilly in the month of March. the city is full of events happening on the weekends as it has tens of cultures. many of the events are free of charge.
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What is the local food in Montevideo?

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.
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What is the best way to reach Montevideo?

Airplane, bus, boat, car are the four main modes of transport by which one can reach Montevideo, Uruguay.
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What are the top hotels in Montevideo?

There are 318 in Montevideo which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Montevideo are Edificio París - Palacio Legislativo, Apartamento en Pocitos, Montevideo, Habitacion con b. privado en Pocitos Rambla, Renovated House, Aras Century Tower, SEAVIEW. You can see all the hotels in Montevideo here

What are the places near Montevideo?

The top places near to Montevideo are London which is 11051 km from Montevideo, Dubai which is located 13457 km from Montevideo, Amsterdam which is located 11364 km from Montevideo, New york city which is located 8606 km from Montevideo, Bali which is located 15124 km from Montevideo

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