Montevideo Cruise Port (Puerto de Montevideo)
A day in port in Montevideo is best spent exploring the historic Old Town (Ciudad Vieja). Most attractions are easy to reach on foot, but walking tours provide insight into the city’s history and colonial past, and typically cover the monument of Jose Gervasio Artigas and Palacio Salvo, once the tallest building in South America.
Some city tours feature a walk along the coastal Rambla promenade; a photo stop at the beachfront Montevideo sign; and a visit to Mercado de Puerto, where you can sample typical Uruguayan foods and shop for traditional handicrafts. Day trip options include wine tasting in the nearby vineyards, a visit to a traditional Uruguayan estancia (ranch), or the beaches of Punta del Este.
Things to Know Before You Go
Montevideo is best explored on foot, so wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers—the coastal winds can be chilly even in the summer months.
Be aware that most shops close over lunchtime and almost everything is closed on Sundays.
Montevideo cruise port is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.
How to Get to Montevideo From the Montevideo Cruise Port
Montevideo Cruise Port is located on the western edge of the city, about one mile (1.5 kilometers) north of Montevideo Old Town. Many cruise ships offer shuttle transfers to the city; otherwise, you can grab a taxi from the cruise terminal. It’s a 25-minute walk from the cruise port to Plaza Independencia, located in the heart of the city.
The official language in Uruguay is Spanish, but most establishments catering to travelers have at least someone who speaks English. Though the official currency is the Uruguayan peso, US dollars are often accepted although exchange rates may be less than favorable. ATMs are easy to find and most larger shops and restaurants will accept cards.