There are many wonderful countries and cities that travelers should plan to visit in their lifetimes. Naturally, Costa Rica and Argentina are countries high up many lists as are the cities of Santiago and Buenos Aires. And that list should also include Montevideo, Uruguay.
Montevideo is the biggest city in the country, and contains about 33% of the region’s population. This is not just the capital of Uruguay; it’s a key city in South America. While some tourists make it a destination, hopefully more will head that way in the future.
Montevideo’s iconic Rambla
If you don’t visit the Rambla in Montevideo while you’re in the city, you can hardly say that you’ve actually been to Montevideo. It could easily be the most iconic spot in the entire region, one that defines it to both locals and tourists alike.
This is the longest continuous sidewalk in the world, running for over 13 miles or 22 kilometers. It is a stunning promenade that rests along the entire Atlantic coast of Montevideo as well as the Rio de la Plata. Just go and stand there for a while. There’s just something special about it.
The Carnival Museum
Uruguayan Carnival a massive festival that takes place every year in the country, lasting up to 40 days. It’s a celebration of many aspects of Uruguay’s culture that includes multiple events, dance parades and artistic performances. Carnival itself is a reason to go to Uruguay.
While you’re in Montevideo, it’s a great idea to swing by the Carnival Museum. It’s been open since 2006 and highlights many aspects of this key national event. There’s a lot of colorful and lively history housed in this unique museum.
Mercado del Puerto
Close to Montevideo’s cruise ship port, visitors to the city will find the Mercado del Puerto and it’s an absolute can’t miss. This place has been around since the mid 1800s, first serving as the city’s main shopping spot for meat and produce for a long time. But that’s no longer the case.
Now, it’s basically a giant food court that houses several stalls serving an incredible variety of food options. This is a place to go, eat well and eat often. Plus, it’s right on the Rambla which makes it a marvelous place to incorporate into your trip. Eat and go for a stroll. There’s a day planned for you!
Jardín Botánico de Montevideo
Jardín Botánico de Montevideo is reputedly the first and only botanical garden in the entire country. It plays a key role in the preservation of the natural splendor that surrounds the city, and defines the entire region.
It is a superb way to explore and experience the various plant life around Ecuador, including some specimens that you might not otherwise get to see. Plus, they also house an incredible array of butterflies, which says a lot in a country with hundreds of species.
What makes Parque Rodó so special in Montevideo is it’s unique makeup. In addition to being a barrio in the city, it’s also home to a marvelous city park that crosses into other neighborhoods. Both aspects are more than worth experiencing.
The park and the barrio are home to various museums, galleries and other monuments. On top of that, it contains incredible natural beauty. And if that’s not enough, you’ll find an incredible array of restaurants and hotels to choose from as well as an amusement park.