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El Prado Montevideo
El Prado Montevideo

El Prado Montevideo

Montevideo, Uruguay

The Basics

El Prado is resplendent with flowering trees and landscaped gardens fronting mansions of both historic and architectural interest. Take the time to explore this leafy suburb as part of a sightseeing tour focusing on history and architecture incorporating a relaxing moment at Parque del Prado, a 102-acre (41-hectare) park featuring a botanical garden, a rose garden (designed by French landscape architect Charles Recine, with over 800 varieties), fountains, and various monuments. Enjoy afternoon tea at Hotel del Prado and a picnic alongside Miguelete Creek.

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Highlights of Montevideo - for cruise passengers
Highlights of Montevideo - for cruise passengers
$45.00 per adult
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Great tour great guide
Places were great the bus driver amazing and the tour girl amazing perfect balance of the day. Highly recommend
Anat_F, Mar 2020

Things to Know Before You Go

  • El Prado is an ideal spot for relaxing in a beautiful natural space and seeing gorgeous old villas.
  • Go to the Museum of Fine Arts (also known as the Blanes Museum) to see works of Uruguay’s foremost 19th-century painter, Juan Manuel Blanes, inside a colonial mansion he called home.
  • Soccer fans will want to see a match at one of El Prado’s three soccer stadiums where local teams Bella Vista Athletic Club, River Plate Athletic Club, and Montevideo Wanderers play.
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How to Get There

El Prado is northwest from the center of Montevideo, separated from the beach by coastal neighborhoods Capurro and Reducto. Most city buses have stops nearby; line 806 stops on the east side of El Prado Parque, the perfect entry point to its many attractions.

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When to Get There

Visit El Prado during the day to admire the neighborhood’s beautiful old villas, the Blanes museum, and gardens. In El Prado Parque, daytime adventures include having a creekside picnic, horseback riding, and exploring the botanical gardens, museums, and monuments. To beat the crowds, some in the mornings or late afternoons. Montevideo’s high tourist season runs from December to February, which includes the city’s 40-day Carnival starting in January.

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Wildcard

Las Carmelitas Perhaps the most beautiful church in all of Montevideo, Las Carmelitas is often compared to old world European cathedrals, especially Notre Dame in Paris, as its Gothic architecture, ornate stone carvings and flying buttresses are quite reminiscent. Plan a visit on a Sunday when the church is open for services, to spy the interior's lovely stained glass windows.

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