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How to Spend 2 Days in Montevideo

How to Spend 2 Days in Montevideo

Montevideo may not be the most famous of South America’s capitals, but this laid-back city is home to rich history, eclectic architecture, and a vibrant cultural life. From wine tasting to exploring the world of the gaucho, here’s what to do with 48 hours in the Uruguayan capital.

Day 1: Soak Up the Sights and Culture

**Morning:**Start your day with a tour of the city’s main sights. Private and group guided tours take visitors to such landmarks as Centenario Stadium, Pocitos Beach, Independence Square (Plaza Independencia), and the Metropolitan Cathedral, while providing enlightening information about each. Alternatively, rent a bicycle or book a hop-on-hop-off-bus ticket and explore independently. 

**Afternoon:**Pay an afternoon visit to the Gaucho Museum (Museo del Gaucho), housed in an ornate 19th-century mansion. The museum has an excellent collection of historical artifacts relating to everyday cowboy life, from traditional garb to cups used for maté (an indigenous herb from which tea is brewed).

**Night:**Soak up the seductive culture of tango, which has its roots in Montevideo, with dinner and a show at one of the city’s many dance halls. Traditional Uruguayan dishes, such as grilled meat, are served stage-side so you can dine as you watch the dancers.

Day 2: Explore Deeper

**Morning:**Begin your second day with a guided walking tour of Rodó Park (Parque Rodó), home to a large number of monuments, statues, and public art. As you explore the sprawling park, taking in some hidden gems missed by many visitors, your guide will provide insights into local Montevidean culture, art, and architecture.

**Afternoon:**For lunch, head to one of the family-run wineries just outside the city. Guided tours from Montevideo typically include tastings of several different wines paired with cheeses and meats. Some also include a full Uruguayan-style lunch, typically of grilled meats.

**Night:**Conclude your visit to Montevideo by getting a different perspective on the city. Nighttime visits to Salvo Palace (Palacio Salvo), the city’s landmark building, let you discover its hidden corners, hear tales of its ghostly residents, and admire the Plaza Independencia illuminated after dark. Afterward, top off your visit with dinner at one of the many restaurants and bars around the plaza.

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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
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$110.00
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$110.00

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 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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$76.93
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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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Guided Private Wine Tour with Tasting and Lunch

Guided Private Wine Tour with Tasting and Lunch

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Although it may not jump to mind as a premier destination for wine, Uruguay boasts a long and proud history of family-farmed vineyards and wines crafted in the European tradition. Visit a local family vineyard and taste five wines, including the regional specialty of tannat, on this private 4-hour tour from Montevideo. This tour can be curated to suit your cruise or vacation schedule and includes transportation, a vineyard tour, wine tastings, and lunch.
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  • 4 hours
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$181.67
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Private Montevideo City Tour Lunch and transfers with Ferry from Buenos Aires

Private Montevideo City Tour Lunch and transfers with Ferry from Buenos Aires

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Enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this full-day private tour of Montevideo. Travel from Buenos Aires via ferry to see all of the Uraguayan capital's important sights, stopping for an included lunch. Round-trip transport from Buenos Aires hotels included.
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  • 14 hours
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$599.47
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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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$185.00
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Walking Tour Parque Rodo: Idiosyncrasy and art of Uruguay

Walking Tour Parque Rodo: Idiosyncrasy and art of Uruguay

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A nice and varied walk through various different urban and park landscapes, showing and telling about some of Uruguayan history, native flora and fauna, art and culture. In our tours we'll get to know about Uruguayan music, art, architecture, we'll show you the hidden, the authentic... ​And we'll have very interesting talks about our identity and history. And at the end you will get a good guide to continue the tour on your own. In Inside Uruguay we seek to escape from the obvious. Our tours are developed by people with great knowledge in history, art and architecture, looking to provide a product of excellent quality, fun and following routes designed to show the most interesting of each place.
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  • 2 hours
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$24.52
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Tourist Bus Montevideo Hop On - Hop Off

Tourist Bus Montevideo Hop On - Hop Off

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Tourist Bus "Discover Montevideo" is the only Hop On - Hop Off of the city. Its modality allows you to make a tour of two hours, visiting the great attractions of the city, and gives you the opportunity to descend in those that you would like to know a little more, then go back up and continue with the tour. The tour and the audio guide were carefully programmed so that you get to know our city as if it were yours. Every corner of Montevideo has a secret to tell, it is our goal that you can, together with us, go revealing them.
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  • 2 hours
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