Montevideo is the capital of Uruguay, situated in the far south of the country at the Atlantic coast on the north shore of Rio de la Plata (on the opposite side lies Buenos Aires in Argentina). The city is home to 1/3 of the total population of Uruguay. It is fair to say that this city gets somewhat overshadowed by its bigger neighbour in Argentina, but this city is worth a trip and should absolutely not be overlooked.
As in many of the other large cities in this part of the world, the old colonial center, or Ciudad Vieja is the main sight. Here you will find the the Plaza Independencia with its Palacio Estevez, Teatro Solis and statue of Artigas, where a changing of the guard is a popular tourist sight. Further on lies the enormous Palacio Legislativo, which is an absolute must-see sight.
All of these are nice and your typical colonial South American city sights. But what will make you really fall in love with Montevideo - guaranteed - is the Rambla around the coast. Seemingly endless and always full of people relaxing, walking, cycling, exercising or taking a swim at one of the beaches. Make your way here for a sunset and you might never want to leave Montevideo again... [Review by travelindicator]
- Montevideo is a city in Uruguay. It has a population of 1,319,108, is situated at an altitude of 52ft and the best airport to fly into is MVD (Carrasco International, Montevideo)
- The currency used in Uruguay is the Urugayan peso (UYU)
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