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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 buildings 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, beach side 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 Argentina, is distinctive from the generic Latin American Spanish and has a prominent “sh” sound.

 Where to stay in Montevideo

Budget:
Habemus Hostel – $ (dorm bed)

Mid-range:
Puerto Maria – $$ (2 pax)

Splurge:
Hyatt Centric Montevideo – $$$ (2 pax)

 When is the best time to visit Montevideo

Montevideo is a year-round destination. That said, the summer season runs from November to February, so expect optimal temperatures during those months, with highs of 86°F/30°C. 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 59°F/15°C 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 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 center in the city, offering a vast array of traditional Uruguayan fare and produce.

Beaches
Montevideo’s 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 to Montevideo are only possible from Miami, Florida. This is also one of the cheapest routes with return flights ~$550 USD, operated by American Airlines.

Other routes typically have connections in Miami, Panama, Chile, or Argentina in order to arrive at Montevideo. 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.