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How to Spend 1 Day in Montevideo

How to Spend 1 Day in Montevideo

Uruguay’s laid-back capital is a vibrant city filled with rich history and culture. From the eclectic architecture of the downtown district to the breezy beaches and seductive dance halls, there’s plenty to keep you busy all day. Here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in Montevideo.

Morning: Explore the City Sights

Kick off your visit to the Uruguayan capital with a comprehensive tour of its main sights. Private and group tours take visitors to such landmarks as the Centenario Stadium, Pocitos Beach, Independence Square, the Cabildo, and the Metropolitan Cathedral, while providing enlightening information about each. Tours typically included hotel pickup and drop-off and are available in the morning and afternoon. Alternatively, if you prefer to explore independently, you can rent a bicycle and head out on a self-guided tour of the city or book a hop-on-hop-off-bus tour that lets you get on and off where and when you please.

Afternoon: Winery or Market Lunch

After a busy morning of sightseeing, you’ve earned a relaxing afternoon enjoying the best of Uruguay’s food and wine scene. Booking a trip to the nearby family winery of Bodega Bouza lets you skip the hassle of driving or figuring out bus timetables. Excursions typically include a guided tour of the surrounding picturesque countryside and tastings of several different wines accompanied by cold meats and cheeses, followed by lunch. If you’d rather remain in the city proper, head for the Port Market (Mercado del Puerto) in the Old City (Ciudad Vieja) for a typical Uruguayanparrilla (grill). The market features a pavilion of restaurants with open fires cooking varied cuts of meats and sausages.

Night: An Evening of Tango

Montevideo vies with its neighbor Buenos Aires for the right to call itself the birthplace of tango. Dive into this crucial element of Uruguayan heritage with an evening visit to amilonga (dance hall). Montevideo’s tango hot spots range from small underground clubs to larger, tourist-friendly venues where you can enjoy dinner with the show. For a rounder experience of traditional Uruguayan culture, book an evening at El Milongon, which hosts a show of more than 35 artists performing Uruguay’s dance and music, encompassing everything from tango to folk dance and Afro-Uruguayan music.

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Bouza Winery Lunch (Esp, Eng, Port)

Bouza Winery Lunch (Esp, Eng, Port)

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Get a taste of the Uruguayan wine region and production methods on this tour from Montevideo. Skip the hassle of renting a car or choosing a designated sober driver with round-trip transportation provided, as well as hotel pickup and drop-off. Explore the winery with the commentary of a guide, then taste four different varietals, followed by a vineyard lunch.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.00
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Half-Day Shared City Tour of Montevideo AM

Half-Day Shared City Tour of Montevideo AM

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Experience the landmarks and highlights of Montevideo on this half-day tour. With a guide leading the way and providing enlightening commentary, stop by sites such as the Centenario Stadium, Kibon Center, Pocitos Beach, Independence Square, the Cabildo, and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Select from morning or afternoon tour times to suit your schedule.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$22.00
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The Best Montevideo City Tour

The Best Montevideo City Tour

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Get an introduction to Montevideo, the capital city of Uruguay, on a 3-hour city sightseeing tour — perfect for those short on time. Travel by coach with your knowledgeable guide, and step off the bus to view prominent landmarks around Independence Plaza and other city hot spots. See Parliament Palace; venture into the residential barrios of Carrasco, Punta Gorda and Pocitos; and stroll along the coastal avenue, Rambla of Montevideo. Round-trip hotel transport included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.00
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The best Montevideo Dinner Show. Tango and Candombe.

The best Montevideo Dinner Show. Tango and Candombe.

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Enjoy a night out in Montevideo with a dinner and dance show. Watch in amazement as professional dancers perform an array of Uruguayan dance including tango, candombe and milonga. Attentive staff serve your meal straight to your stage-side table so you can dine while watching the entertainment. Enjoy traditional Uruguayan dishes and dessert accompanied by wine — it’s the perfect introduction to Uruguay!
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  • 4 hours
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City Tour Montevideo

City Tour Montevideo

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With key sites set miles apart, exploring Montevideo can be a challenge without vehicle transport. See the Old City, Port Market, city center, Plaza Independencia, Centenario Stadium, La Rambla, and El Prado’s parks and monuments on a half-day Montevideo tour that combines photo stops with a fascinating overview of the city; it’s a perfect introduction and a great way to discover the places you’d like to visit in greater depth.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$28.00
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Wine Lovers - Tannat Wine Experience from Montevideo

Wine Lovers - Tannat Wine Experience from Montevideo

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Tour a small family-run winery outside Montevideo on this intimate guided tour, which includes wine tastings and homemade empanadas. Learn about Tannat wine, considered the national grape of Uruguay, and sample distinct varietals from the 100-year-old vineyard. A professional sommelier guide will help you hone your palette, and round-trip transportation from your hotel in Montevideo ensures a seamless tour experience.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Wine Paired Lunch for Food & Wine Lovers!

Wine Paired Lunch for Food & Wine Lovers!

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Prepare to sip, swish, and savor with a wine and dine intro to the Uruguayan wine region. Set out on this small-group tour from your Montevideo hotel to an award-winning family winery that specializes in Tannat, a bold red wine, in addition to other varietals. Tour the property and learn about their process, then enjoy a tasting of five different wines accompanied by light snacks. Sit down and experience a 3-course lunch, featuring empanadas, complete with specially chosen vino pairings. Discover more about Uruguay's vinification history as you eat and imbibe.
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  • 5 hours
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Private Arrival Transfer: Montevideo Airport to Hotel

Private Arrival Transfer: Montevideo Airport to Hotel

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Enjoy a hassle-free arrival in Montevideo with this private transfer service. Meet your professional driver at Carrasco International Airport and relax on the journey to your accommodation by private vehicle — it’s a stress-free way to start your vacation.
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  • 2 hours
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Small Group Tour - Discover Best Sights of Montevideo!

Small Group Tour - Discover Best Sights of Montevideo!

Get to know Montevideo on this comprehensive tour of the Uruguayan capital's highlights and landmarks. This efficient tour stops at all the must-see attractions, and is perfect for those short on time who want to get an overview of the city. Traveling with a small group of just six people means you'll enjoy personalized attention from your guide, in-depth commentary about Montevideo's history and culture, and plenty of time to ask questions.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$99.99
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