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  Montevideo at a Glance

Uruguay’s capital city has an eclectic and rich cultural life. Strong international influence has had a significant impact on the city and it boasts a fascinating history waiting to be discovered amongst the neoclassical edifices and towering skyscrapers.

The city is home to almost half of Uruguay’s entire population, who give it a vibrant and exciting lifestyle. There is no shortage of arts and entertainment, beachside venues and street food delicacies.

 History and Culture

Montevideo has a strong European influence, particularly Italian, as well as Spanish and Portuguese.

Italian migration in the 20th century can be noted in the Uruguayan accent which, similar to Argentine, is distinctive from the generic Latin American Spanish with the ‘sh’ sound prominent.

 Where to stay in Montevideo

Budget: 

Habemus Hostel – ~$12 USD pp

Mid-range:

Puerto Maria – ~$54 USD (2 pax)

Splurge:

Hyatt Centric Montevideo – ~$160 USD (2 pax)

 When is the best time to visit Montevideo

Montevideo is a year-round destination, especially as a city break. That said, the summer season runs from November – February, so expect optimal temperatures with highs of 30C/86F. If you want to enjoy the coast, this is the best time to visit.

The winter is still not particularly cold with average temperatures sitting at 15C/59F, at their lowest. Visits at this time of year are still comfortable though will be geared more towards the city’s historical and cultural offering.

 Montevideo Tours: What to Do?

Tango

While more commonly associated with Argentina, Montevideo has a vibrant tango scene! Enjoy one of the city’s top Tango and Carombe dance shows alongside dinner.

Wine

Savour Tannat wine which is unique to this region! Tannat grapes are believed to make the healthiest red wine due to unique polyphenols present in the seeds. Take a tour to learn more about the process.

Food 

Sample traditional Uruguayan fare at the Mercado del Puerto. This 130-year-old market is an important gastronomic centre in the city, offering a vast array of traditional Uruguayan fare and produce.

Beaches

Its prime ocean-front location means it’s not far to arrive at some of Uruguay’s famous beaches! There are countless ones to visit, check out this blog post to discover the best ones.

 The Keteka difference

Keteka grants access to authentic activities run by local tour operators and guides. You can book and secure your place in advance, and we will take care of everything else. We’ll let you know where to go or where you will be picked up and at what time.

 How to get to Montevideo

Land

Buses leave from Buenos Aires to Montevideo daily and take around 8 hours, costing between $30-50 USD.

From Brazil, buses leave from the southern city of Porto Alegre and take around 12 hours, costing around $85 USD.

Air 

Direct flights from the USA are only possible from Miami, Florida. This is also one of the cheapest routes with return flights ~$550 USD and is operated by American Airlines.

Other routes typically have connections in order to arrive at Montevideo, usually, in Miami, Panama, Chile or Argentina. We recommend checking your route and price using Skyscanner‘s price comparison or Google Flights.

Sea

It’s possible to reach Montevideo by ferry from Buenos Aires, which sits just opposite of the Rio Plata. One-way trips are around $75 USD.