Destinations – Daytours4u Tours, activities and travel tips in South America Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:00:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 96832869 Your Essential Guide to Uruguay Carnival Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:00:04 +0000 From revelry in La Pedrera and festivals on the border to tablados and parades in the capital – we run you through the best of Uruguay Carnival.

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Uruguay is perhaps best well-known as the host of the longest carnival in world – there are a mammoth 40 days between the inaugural parade and the final celebrations. It is undoubtedly one of the best times of year to visit this tranquil country sandwiched between Argentina and Brazil, for this popular festival coincides with summer, making it the ideal opportunity to enjoy some revelry by night and the gorgeous beaches by day.

Uruguay Carnival is the longest in the world / Photo by Gentileza del Museo del Carnaval

It is a common mistake to assume that it is a single festival, when in fact, depending on which part of the country you are in, you can enjoy different carnivals with different characteristics – those in the cities bordering Brazil, for example, combine samba with local rhythms, while the festivities in Montevideo are comprised primarily of murgas and candombe music. Young people looking for a party atmosphere traditionally head to the department of Rocha, specifically La Pedrera, which puts on a Uruguayan version of the Full Moon Party where the main streets become populated by groups of friends adorned in fanciful disguises.

The date of carnival is international and it varies every year, established after the days of the Jewish Passover and the Christian Holy Week are set. The most important date, Resurrection Sunday, is the first Sunday after the first full moon of autumn (spring in the northern hemisphere) and then the date of carnival is set 40 days prior. In Uruguay, there are two public holidays for this celebration, always the Monday and Tuesday of the carnival long-weekend.

Humorists and choirs put on spectacular shows at the parades / Photo by Gentileza del Museo del Carnaval


In Montevideo, there are three types of celebration: El Desfile Inaugural del Carnaval (the Inaugural Carnival Parade), Desfile de Llamadas (The Parade of Calls), and the Tablados.

El Desfile Inaugural del Carnaval takes places down Avenida 18 de Julio in the Centro district, marking the opening of the festivities with performances by a number of bands, murga groups, comedians, parodists and other artists. In addition, the Carnival Figures, Las Llamadas and the Samba Schools that were chosen by the jury that year are those who participate in the parade. Until 2017 that place was occupied by the “queens” of the three categories, but at the moment, people of both sexes can be elected as representatives.

El Desfile de Llamadas, held since 1956, offers a spectacle of over 40 comparsas – groups of singers, musicians, and dancers. This traditionally takes places in the neighbourhoods of Sur and Palermo, commonly down the Carlos Gardel and Isla de Flores streets. Among the most awarded are Yambo Kenya -the champion of the official contest in 2017-, Cuareim 1080 -the winner in 2016-, Tronar de Tambores, La Gozadera, and Generación Lubola. The name, “llamadas” – translated as “calls” – derives from colonial times and can be traced back to an impromptu meeting in which some random comparsa members summoned the rest of the group to start using the same rhythmic language of the tamboril – a type of drum.

“Los corsos barriales” of Montevideo are other Carnival parades to take into account: every year there are 18, spread throughout the map of the city, which provide the traveler with the ideal excuse to know a neighborhood away from the tourist circuit and join to this authentic party.

The Tablados are not parades but outdoor performances. They are usually put on across most neighbourhoods and the programming varies every night, given that they host different groups of artists divided into five categories: comparsas, murgas, comedians, parodists, and revistas. If there is anything in particular that you want to see while you’re in town, keep checking the schedule regularly. The best and most complete tablados take place in Teatro Verano, an open-air theatre in the Parque Rodó neighbourhood where the jury of the official carnival shows is based.

The colourful comparsas fill the Montevideo air with raucous drum rhythms / Image Source


The departments of Artigas, Rivera, and Cerro Largo border with Brazil, and with strong influences from this northern neighbour, they put on combined celebrations featuring samba, axé – a type of Afro-Brazilian music – and other rhythms of the region.

El de Melo, the capital of Cerro Largo, is perhaps the most “show business” since it invites recognised Uruguayan and Argentinian vedettes. Elsewhere, in the city of Artigas, the celebrations are inspired by the Rio de Janeiro carnival and are probably the most professional, with four samba schools rehearsing throughout the year for the performances in February: Barrio Rampla, Emperadores de la Zona Sur, Imperio del Ayuí and Académicos. Each school brings together approximately one thousand artists for their parades down Avenida Lecueder, each one lasting around one hour apiece.

Carnaval de Rivera counts on a strong mix of cultures, mixing candombe and murga from the south with samba hailing from the north. For over a decade, the parades here have been making their way down Avenida Sarandí, replete with comparsas, samba schools from Rivera and Livramento, Carnival Queens and King Momo. The parades always close with a show in a public arena located at the end of the street, in front of the main square.

The Carnival of Artigas has a strong influence from Brazil / Photo by Carina Fossati


There is no organisation behind it, but Carnaval de la Pedrera is a phenomenon that is self-generated by the fame of previous years and social media buzz – it is a favourite for young people who want to party until after sunrise and those who don’t fancy taking in parades. Instead, groups of friends dress up themselves, wear spontaneous disguises, and go out into the main street to revel the days and nights away.

Such is the reputation of this fiesta that a couple of years ago, the mayor of the region took to the radio to ask for people to stop coming, such was the overcrowded state of the city. In recent times however, authorities have increased security operations and improved cleaning, public restrooms, and other details to ensure the good atmosphere remains.


This 2018 in Uruguay the strict days of carnival (working holidays) are Saturday 10th, Sunday 11th, Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th February, days in which it is celebrated in most departments. However, the carnival’s inaugural parade, down Avenida 18 de Julio, will be on Thursday, January 25th; The Call Parade will be Thursday 8th and Friday 9th February; and the final ceremony of the Official Carnival Contest, on Thursday, March 15th.

If you want to enjoy the carnivals on the border, it is very important to book accommodation in advance, since February is the time when these places receive the most visitors and the hotel industry is often overwhelmed. On the Atlantic Coast, hotels tend to fill up quickly and raise the price of rooms between the Saturday and Tuesday of Carnival.

With the exception of the carnival in La Pedrera, all festivities and parades in the country that take place on public streets are usually fenced off and have varying access depending on the price of your ticket. The Tablados and Teatro Verano likewise have different ticket prices according to the day and the performances on show.

Throughout the last few years, groups of murgas and other artistic styles have been growing in the interior of the country. For this reason, many departmental governments have managed to attract performers from the capital, and so today it is possible to enjoy some of these shows outside of Montevideo during carnival.

10 years ago, a Carnival Museum opened at Rambla 25 de Agosto de 1825 (Ciudad Vieja (Old Town), telephone +598 2915 0807, open from 11am to 5pm), displaying costumes, scenery, and many other historical artifacts. The museum is also a next door to Mercado del Puerto, an old building where several ‘parrilladas’ (barbeque restaurants) offer their spaces as a meeting place for travellers and locals who fancy sampling some Uruguayan delicacies.

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Do not miss the various manifestations of Uruguay Carnival, and, if you’re looking for other things to do during these dates or indeed at any time of the year, be sure to contact us at Uruguay4u. We offer the best tours and activities in Montevideo, Punta del Este, Colonia, and more.

By: Carina Fossati, journalist and author of the blog Hills to Heels

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Where to Eat in Punta del Este: An Insider’s Guide to Dining Out Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:56:42 +0000 On the Uruguayan coasts the gastronomy occupies a place almost as important as the beaches: there are located two of the national undertakings that integrate the prestigious ranking “Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants”, dozens of choices for where to enjoy the Uruguayan seafood, varied options to try (and fall in love) with the chivito, without [...]

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On the Uruguayan coasts the gastronomy occupies a place almost as important as the beaches: there are located two of the national undertakings that integrate the prestigious ranking “Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants”, dozens of choices for where to enjoy the Uruguayan seafood, varied options to try (and fall in love) with the chivito, without missing the pizzas and snacks, paired with wines -the tannat is the national classic-, Uruguayan craft beers and summer cocktails.

In summer (from December to February) the options are multiplied with proposals “golondrinas” that only open for the season, but most of the places we have decided to recommend here are open all year, so that you can enjoy them during whichever month you choose to visit.


Buenos AiresLo de Tere is located in the Port designed for demanding palates and pockets / Photo courtesy of Lo de Tere

Uruguay is not left out of the international trend of craft beers and Capi Bar (Calle 27 between Av. Gorlero and calle 24, Tel. 4243 8103) has its own production, under the Capitan Beer label, added to other national variants such as Davok, Volcánica and Cabesas. The gastronomic options to combine them include pizzas, salads, hamburgers, chivitos, calamari, ceviche and fish. Located across the street, the Bigote Food Truck Garage (27th Street between Gorlero Ave. and 24th Street) offers a covered food patio with food trucks, where you can choose between pizzas -in the traditional form or in cones-, chivitos, hamburgers, sandwiches , salads and other fast food selections. Both establishments frequently include live music. Also a casual and moderately priced option is Olivia Restó (Calle 21 and Rambla Artigas, Tel. +598 4244 5121), located half a block from the Port: from its terrace you can have lunch or dinner overlooking the bay.

More demanding palates and pockets will find in the Port to Lo de Tere (Rambla Artigas (Mansa) between streets 19 and 21, Tel. +598 4244 0492), with an author’s menu under the charge of the chef María Elena Marfetán, who combines products of season, the best Uruguayan meats and a carefully selected fish and seafood. There you can eat a la carte, or select a menu of five, six or seven courses. Another favorite option among local gourmets is Cuatro Mares “Four Seas” (Calle Capitán Miranda, 2 de Febrero Street, Tel. +598 4244 8916), located very close to Punta del Este’s lighthouse. As the name suggests, the specialty is fish and seafood; and also offers tapas, ideal for those who want to try a variety of flavors accompanied by a caipirinha or glass of wine.


Chivipizza is the youthful, economic and relaxed option of Boulevard Gourmet / Source

On the corner of Roosevelt and Pedragosa Sierra avenues, near the shopping center Punta Shopping, a circuit known as Boulevard Gourmet was born due to the concentrated quantity and variety of gastronomic proposals; Every so often, gastronomic fairs take place in which restaurants and cafes open stands on the streets with lower prices: check with your hotel or Google to find out when the next one will take place!

The restaurant La Bourgogne (Av. Pedragosa Sierra and Av. Del Mar, Tel. 4248 2007) is located in this area, by French chef Jean Paul Bondoux, and has the privilege of being part of the prestigious “Latin America’s 50 Best” ranking. It is not suitable for all budgets, but it ensures a unique experience.

On the other side of the island, economic and relaxed is Chivipizza (Pedragosa Sierra, San Ciro, Tel. +598 4247 7777), ideal for trying Uruguayan chivito accompanied by fresh drinks such as caipirinhas, daikiris or frozen mojitos.

If your wish is to enjoy an afternoon snack or a good coffee after the beach, you will not be disappointed by the Felix Caffè (Pedragosa Sierra and Av. Del Mar, Tel. +598 4248 3125). There complete tea for two includes scones, hot sandwiches, cakes, tartlets and cakes, all prepared on sites. These delights can be enjoyed inside the, in their garden – they offer warm blankets for cool evenings – and they also offer the food to-go. If your plan is a tea-dinner, there are also sandwiches, omelets, cocktails, wines and sparkling wines.


Chef Fernando Trocca is the creator of the exquisite menu at La Cantina del Vigía / Source

Punta del Este has a reputation for high prices and among the regular vacationers it is common to travel on several evenings to the city of Maldonado to enjoy a more economical menu. In the last decade there have been options for great gastronomic quality that make the visit worthy beyond just the pricing, such as La Cantina del Vigía (Zelmar Michelini 744 Tel. +598 4226 8075), located in front of the homonymous square of late eighteenth century. Owned by Agustín Benítez and Federico Desseno -the latter is also the creator of the restaurant “Marismo” in José Ignacio-, and with a menu designed by chef Fernando Trocca, La Cantina del Vigía has two wood-fired ovens from which “delights of the sea and the countryside” come out of. Even the American media chef Anthony Bourdain visited here and recommended it on his television show!

Another recommendation, located a few steps away, is the Segundo Almacen del Caballito (Zelmar Michelini 819, Rafael Pérez del Puerto, Tel +598 4227 2108). There you can enjoy a barbecue, potato omelet, mussels, calamari, horderves, salads and milanesas: in the Rio de la Plata we are fanatics of Milanesas and tend to integrate them into the weekly menu of most Uruguayans!

In Maldonado it is also worth visiting Macachín (Santa Teresa 619 bis Tel. +598 94 102 776), a restaurant that emphasizes the creative combination of local ingredients. Examples? Camembert cheese injected with homemade liquor guava (native fruit of Uruguay), gizzards with champagne sautéed in olive oil, corvina ceviche with yellow arazá or kidneys cooked in tannat over a bed of potatoes.


The Parador La Huella is one of the must-see spots in José Ignacio, located right in front of the sea / Source

After crossing the undulating bridge of the Maldonado stream, which leads to La Barra, the main street (route 10) will tempt you with multiple proposals, but you will have to leave a few blocks if you want to discover the secrets of the locals. One of them is Elmo (Calle Los Bonitos, El Cinto, Manantiales, Tel. +598 94 069 111), a relaxed place where wood predominates and at night it receives the diner with soft lighting, soft music and a clay oven. from which come homemade pizzas and pastas; Elmo also stands out in seafood dishes, and has in the dessert menu one of the best sweet milk volcanoes that can be tasted in Uruguay.

Further east, at La Juanita spa, Juana Cocina Bar (Atalaya street, Hector Soria square, José Ignacio, Tel. +598 4486 2639) is an unpretentious homestyle-restaurant offering pizzas and pastas baked in clay ovens, local wines or Uruguayan craft beers. It is also an ideal place to try dessert pancakes with dulce de leche, one of the most traditional in the country.

And, if Punta del Este is considered a top resort, the area of José Ignacio would be “the top of the top”; There, the not-to-be-missed is the La Huella Parador (Calle de Los Cisnes, Playa Brava, Tel. 4486 2279) and do not be fooled by the rustic decoration of the beach hostel or the casual look of its regulars: the restaurant owned by gastronomic entrepreneur Martín Pittaluga makes the ranking “Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants” and is the favorite of local and international celebrities. It is not cheap but it offers great value for money, the only drawback is that it is recommended to reserve a table because if not there are usually long waits.


Bodega Garzón has a haute cuisine restaurant and offers walks and tastings through the vineyard / Source

This small town about 30 minutes from the Peninsula became a gourmet spot since Argentine chef Francis Mallman opened the boutique hotel-restaurant Garzón, (Costa Jose Ignacio Street, La Capilla Street, Tel. +598 4410 2811). The prices are extremely high but for those who have the means, it is worthwhile to experience at least once in a lifetime. For guests the menu is all inclusive: breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner. Another cheaper option for those who want to visit the town without feeling it in their pockets is the cafeteria, rotisserie and Panadería de la Mama (Costa Jose Ignacio Street and La Cantera, across from the main square) which offers homemade breads, sandwiches, cakes, salads and other meals along the way.

On the outskirts of the town is the vineyard and Bodega Garzón, owned by Argentine magnate Alejandro Bulgheroni, which includes a top cuisine restaurant and also offers vineyard and olive grove tours, tastings, picnics in the countryside and even hot air balloon rides.

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By: Carina Fossati, Uruguayan, journalist and author of the blog Hills To Heels

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10 recommendations for traveling to Punta del Este Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:09:21 +0000 While it is true that the most exciting thing about travel is to experience each place on your own, there are always certain things that you wish you had known before, especially when saving time and money. So if you plan to travel to the Uruguayan coast this summer and want to not only sunbathe [...]

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While it is true that the most exciting thing about travel is to experience each place on your own, there are always certain things that you wish you had known before, especially when saving time and money. So if you plan to travel to the Uruguayan coast this summer and want to not only sunbathe but also have an amazing experience, here are 10 recommendations for traveling to Punta del Este:

1. The prices are about the same … high

prices Punta del Este

Source: Clarín

Everything tends to be quite expensive, although it is true that some things are more expensive than others and that in high season even the hostels have prices of 3 star hotels, but in regards to food and fun, the price range is fairly consistent, meaning that it does not matter if you eat chivito and beer in a pizza place or if you go to dinner at a restaurant on Avenida Gorlero, a dinner with drinks will be around 850UY per person. Of course, there are different levels.

2. It is very safe

safety in Punta del Este

Source: Uruguay4u

You can walk around safely, with your camera, smartphone, jewelry; the security in Punta del Este makes it a delight to walk alone or accompanied at any time of the night or day, along the beach or through its avenues. It doesn’t matter if you travel during off-season and there isn’t a soul in the streets, or if it’s mid-summer and booming, it’s the perfect place to travel worry-free.

3. Fresh fish and seafood

seafood in Punta del Este

Fuente: Uruguay4u

If you feel like making a special dinner during your vacation, the port of Punta del Este offers a variety of seafood and fresh fish to take home. If cooking isn’t an option for you, the Arctic restaurant also located in the port, has a buffet per kilo of dishes made with fresh fish and seafood and a varied menu including paella and breaded fish fillets, all at a great price.

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4. The party goes until the early hours … of the next morning

Nightlife in Punta del Este

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Although the people from the Rio de la Plata are characterized by dining and partying late, Punta del Este takes this to a whole other level. After strenuous afternoons in the sun that go until 8pm, it is normal for the schedule to run as follows: return to your accommodation to rest, go out to dinner at 10-11pm, have the “previa” (pregame) in a bar until 4am and just then, you start going out to nightclubs. Unless you want to be the first person to arrive in the nightclub.

5. Summer nights can become chilly

recomendaciones para viajar a Punta del Este

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The Uruguayan coast isn’t exactly warm and tropical. The wind is constant and the strong currents can take anybody off guard. The Caribbean neighbors would probably find the nights in Punta (not to mention the sea water) cold and windy, whereas others with less resistance to the heat will find it the ideal climate to rest without suffering. Regardless, it does not matter if you are resistant to the cold or not, the strong wind of the night can catch you by surprise, so we recommend that you bring warm clothes, pants, leggings or something to cover your neck to avoid a cold that could affect your holidays.

6. Perfect for surfers

recomendaciones para viajar a Punta del Este

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It doesn’t matter if you are an expert surfer or if you just want to try out some classes during your vacation, take advantage of the waves offered by the beaches in Punta del Este to test your limits and enjoy the adrenaline that this entertaining sport offers. On all of its beaches you will find surf schools for all levels, the most well known is the Escuela de Surf de los Dedos because of its location and convenience; they offer classes for all ages. All you need is a desire to learn!

7. Life is torn between Playa Mansa and Playa Brava

Playa Brava Punta del Este

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The Uruguayan coast has some beautiful beaches to enjoy, and Punta del Este is surrounded by expansive beaches made of fine sand, but the most well known for tourists who stay in the city are these two: La Mansa, bathed by the waters of Rio de La Plata, allows you to witness beautiful sunsets and enjoy quiet beach days and is ideal for children. La Brava (The Brave), as the name implies, is perfect for those who prefer ocean waves. You have to be careful and follow the safety instructions because sometimes the ocean is very choppy, but it is not an impediment to enjoy the sun and the beach climate that are experienced in summer.

8. Taxis or remises and no Uber

If you find yourself walking for too long and want to go home, you should look for the nearest taxi stop to your location and wait there for an available vehicle to arrive. Taxis in the streets do not stop at the signal of passers-by like in other cities. They do door-to-door services reserved by phone or only drive passengers who come to the taxi stations. Every 3 blocks or so, in the center of the city, you will find taxi stands … there are not many other alternatives since Uber is not available in Punta del Este. So if you decide to walk, keep the distance in mind because if you get tired in the middle, it will be difficult to find someone to come to the rescue.

9. Tax free and VAT refund for tourists.

Tax Refund Uruguay

It applies to all of Uruguay, but it is important to know to help with the rate of spending in Punta del Este. One way to save a little money, is paying with a credit or debit card for any purchase of clothes, food, or entertainment. The commercial premises automatically subtract 22% of the VAT value from the invoice. Furthermore, the hotel services do not charge VAT and as if that were not enough, you can also receive a 10.5% refund for purchases at the sites attached to the Tax Free plan. To access this benefit, you need to request the Tax Free invoice from the local and make the refund process request to any credit card at the Carrasco Airport or the port of Buquebus (the procedure is quite agile). The only exception are the restaurants and bars in the port, which, being in a free zone, do not charge taxes.

10. Not Everything is beach!

Arboretum Lussich

It is its main attraction, but if you want to do something involving nature, from Punta del Este you can easily access places like Arboretum Lussich, a forest park located just 15 kms from Punta del Este towards Punta Ballenas. It’s comprised of more than 192 hectares of land, several species of native and imported trees and is an ideal place for bird watching and ecological walks. Definitely worth the trip! You can also visit the Parque de las Esculturas Pablo Atchugarry, or enjoy cultural events such as the José Ignacio Film Festival.

Read also: Top 12 Things to do in Punta Del Este or book here tours and activities in Punta del Este

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Montevideo Guide: a comprehensive neighborhood guide – PART 2 Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:20:33 +0000 On the first chapter of our Montevideo Guide, we described the best attractions and places to visit in the Old City, Aguada and Parque Batlle and Parque Rodó. Follow this insider recommendations to find out more about Pocitos, Carrasco and other trending neighborhoods to arrange your travel itinerary with unique and interesting sightseeing journeys in [...]

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On the first chapter of our Montevideo Guide, we described the best attractions and places to visit in the Old City, Aguada and Parque Batlle and Parque Rodó. Follow this insider recommendations to find out more about Pocitos, Carrasco and other trending neighborhoods to arrange your travel itinerary with unique and interesting sightseeing journeys in Montevideo.

4 – Pocitos / Punta Carretas


Photo: Leonardo Correa

This zone has the highest concentration of inhabitants and therefore each square meter is more expensive, especially within the blocks near the beach. On the weekends the social life of the neighborhood seems to be concentrated along its main boulevard, from young people who get together to drink mate – an infusion similar to the tea very typical of the region- to families who walk their babies in strollers, and the active individuals who use this space to run or ride bicycles. For being the safest and most active places at night –Ciudad Vieja and Centro are hectic during the day but empty at dusk- it’s the area most recommended to stay, and also contains interesting restaurants and bars to wrap up the day.

Read here Where to eat in Montevideo

While walking on the coast it’s worth it to stop at  la Plaza Gomensoro, a picturesque space with a gazebo alongside the beach, and a few blocks notice the Pittamiglio Palace “Pittamiglio Palace” (Rambla Gandhi 633), a building that almost goes unnoticed among the others, despite having the bow of ship with the Victory of Samothrace at the front. It was home of the wealthy architect Humberto Pittamiglio (1887-1966), who is said to have been an alchemist. It is worth taking a guided tour to surprise yourself with rooms full of nooks, doors, and stairs that lead nowhere, and alchemical symbols everywhere; another way to experience it is to attend a play inside.

In these neighborhoods, there are also the two biggest shopping centers in the city: Montevideo Shopping and Punta Carretas Shopping. The second, located on Ellauri 350 and inaugurated in 1994, was previously a prison, famous for some of its prison breaks- which gave rise to films – and for having housed several political prisoners before and during the last Uruguayan dictatorship (1973-1985).

Montevideo Shopping has the title of being the first mall of the city (it was inaugurated in 1985) and it is located on the Avenue Luis Alberto de Herrera, also home to the complex offices World Trade Center, restaurants, bars and Lotus, the most VIP nightclub of Montevideo. In addition, walking a few blocks from Montevideo Shopping towards the coast you will arrive at the MONTEVIDEO sign, a place popular among tourists to take pictures, as it offers a unique view of Pocitos beach.

5 – Malvín / Punta Gorda / CarrascoSofitel Carrasco

The biggest residential area of the city apart from La Rambla de Malvin which today has acquired a profile similar to that of Pocitos for its buildings – is not a place commonly recommended to travelers but has its attractions: for something a large part of the country’s wealthiest people chooses to live here. How about renting a bike to check it out?

On the Rambla of Malvin at Rimac Street, you will find Villa Yerua, former property of the Argentinean Francisco Maschio, a horse trainer, who received Carlos Gardel as a guest on several occasions. This year (2017) it reopened as a Turf and Tango Museum, held by the Uruguayan Association of Racehorse Owners (see schedules below), and there is a  statue of Carlos Gardel by the door where visitors can take pictures.

Continuing east along the Rambla you will find the beautiful Plaza De La Armada “Navy Square”, baptized by the locals as Plaza Virgilio, the meeting point of local neighbors and an ideal place to get a panoramic view of the coast of Montevideo.

Continuing further down the Rambla towards the east you will find the Casino Carrasco Hotel, a giant building of French style inaugurated in 1921, which since 2013 is now owned by French chain Sofitel. Staying here is not suitable for all budgets, but anyone can enter to admire the architecture and decoration, view some of the art exhibits that are usually on display, and perhaps then try their luck (in moderation) in the casino.

On the way out you will see the main commercial zone of the neighborhood, Arocena avenue, and parallel to it a picturesque street of old houses now transformed into stores: Rostand Avenue. You might have the luck that your visit happens to coincide with “Paseo Rostand”, an event that is held several times a year by placing Food trucks and musical shows along the sidewalks.


When to go. The middle season (March and April – September to December) are the best times of the year to visit. In summer the city is a bit too hot, but also a good option if you want to combine the visit with a couple of days at the beach towards the east. During January you will find the city rather empty, therefore many shops and restaurants are closed, as it is the favorite month of the locals for their holidays. February is the perfect month to enjoy multiple carnival shows.

Transportation. Of the public transport buses, you can use 121 to move from Ciudad Vieja / Centro to Pocitos and Punta Carretas, and 104 covers this route but also serves to reach Malvin, Punta Gorda, and Carrasco. It can be purchased in cash at the time of the trip, but for long stays, the magnetic transport card is advisable because it offers discounts. If this is going to be your main means of transport, the “Comor Ir” app will help you to know what collective to take according to its origin and destination. Other apps related to transport available in the city are Easy, Uber and CabyFy.

Bus Turístico / Tourist Bus  “Descubri Montevideo”. This bus stops at most of the main points of interest in the city – except for Malvín, Punta Gorda and Carrasco – and the user must acquire a valid pass allowing them to get on and off as many times as they want, for one day (637 pesos, just over 20 dollars ) or two days (980 pesos, a little more than 30 dollars). It runs between 9.30 and 18.30 on weekends, and from 10 to 17.45 during the week. Book here Montevideo hop on hop off bus

Walking tour. To walk around la Ciudad Vieja this guided tour is a good option because it does not require a prior reservation or fixed rate – the traveler leaves a tip at the end of the tour. There are guides available in Spanish, Portuguese and English. Some free walking tours leave Plaza Independencia, from Monday to Friday in the mornings, but you can also book here a city tour in Montevideo here.

Mercado Del Puerto / Port Market. Located at the corner of  Piedras 237 and Pérez Castellano has 14 restaurants and also includes various craft stalls. Inside the building, only lunch is available (the most recommended option) but the barbecues on the outside are also open at night.

Teatro Solis / Solis Theater. Located on Buenos Aires Street, it offers guided tours Tuesday and Thursday at 4:00 p.m.; Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 11, 12 and 16 hours, and Saturdays at 11, 12, 13 and 16 hours. The cost is 90 pesos (except on Wednesdays tours are free), and there are guides available in English, Portuguese and French. Our recommendation is to know the interior of the theater by attending a work: see the billboard at

Mirador Panorámico / Panoramic View. Located at the corner of 18 de Julio and Ejido, the viewpoint the of the Intendencia of Montevideo is open to the public the seven days of the week, from 10 to 16 hours. It is free and utilizes a glass elevator offering a view of the exterior.

Palacio Legislativo / Legislative Palace. Entering through the door at Av. General Flores guided tours are available, from Monday to Friday, from 10.30 to 15 hours, in Spanish, English, and Portuguese, with a cost for foreign tourists of $ 3.

Complejo Torre de las Comunicaciones / Complex Communications Tower. Located at the corner of Paraguay 2097 and Guatemala, free guided tours are available with access to the viewpoint on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, at 15.30, 16, 16.30, and 17 hours, and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10.30, 11, 11.30, and 12 hours. It is not necessary to sign up beforehand; it’s sufficient to arrive a few minutes early at the reception in the Joaquin Torres Garcia building.

Museo de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes / Museum of Fine Arts Juan Manuel Blanes. Located at Millán 1415 and the corner of Pierre Fossey, open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 12 to 17.45 hours. Free entry.

Jardín Botánico / Botanical Garden. Botanical Garden / Botanical Garden. Main entrance located at Avenida 19 De Abril 1181 and the corner of Valdense, open seven days a week from 7.30 am to 5.30 pm. Free entry.

Estadio Centenario y Museo del Fútbol /Centenario Stadium and Football Museum. Located on the premises of Parque Batlle/Park Batlle (Av. Ricaldoni s/n), entry is only permitted during sporting events or concerts. Check to see if your visit coincides with one! The Museo Del Futbol/ Football Museum (open from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., entrance fee) is available at the stadium, but in addition, more football fans can purchase a tour that will take them to the stadium with entries and transportation included. Book here a football experience in Montevideo.

Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales / National Museum of Visual Arts. Located in Parque Rodó (at the corner of Julio Herrera y Reissig and Tomás Garibaldi) is open  Tuesday through Sunday, from 14 to 19. Free admission.

Centro Cultural y Museo Castillo Pittamiglio / Cultural Center and Castle Pittamiglio Museum. Along Punta Carretas, almost arriving at the corner of 21 de Septiembre, this oddly shaped house (has the prow of a ship with the Victory of Samothrace on the outside) is open to the public with guided tours at 5 pm, Tuesday through Sundays. There are also plays for children and adults, most created for the visitor to walk through the installations as they change the scenes. Check which shows are currently on display at their website

Villa Yeruá. Located in Rambla de Malvín at the corner of Rimac, EL Museo Del Tango y Turf  “The Tango and the Turf Museum’ open to the public from Tuesday to Saturdays, from 12 to 17 hours.

*Read the first chapter of our Montevideo Guide

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By Carina Fossati, Journalist specialised in travelling and author of the blog Hills to Hells
Translated to English by Anna Englund

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Montevideo Guide: a comprehensive neighborhood guide – PART 1 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:00:30 +0000 Nightlife in Montevideo is much more than the Mercado del Puerto, the Ciudad Vieja and the Rambla de Pocitos. The capital of Uruguay has many more attractions than those listed in the traditional tourist guides, and neighborhoods outside the main circuits that are worth the visit. In this Montevideo guide, we provide you with a [...]

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Nightlife in Montevideo is much more than the Mercado del Puerto, the Ciudad Vieja and the Rambla de Pocitos. The capital of Uruguay has many more attractions than those listed in the traditional tourist guides, and neighborhoods outside the main circuits that are worth the visit. In this Montevideo guide, we provide you with a summary, prepared by a local and separated by areas, that combines the traditional with the “off the beaten path” so that you can get the most out of your visit.

1 – Ciudad Vieja/Centro “Old City/Center”

Photo: Enrique Pérez

A good site to start the tour is the Plaza Independencia “Independence Plaza”, in the center of which you will see the monument dedicated to Artigas – our national hero – and surrounding it the Executive Branch – the seat of the country’s president – Palacio  Salvo  an ex hotel which is now an apartment building of interesting architecture, the five-star hotel Radisson Victoria Plaza, and diagonally across from it, the Teatro Solís, one of the oldest in Montevideo. The theater offers guided tours, but depending on who you ask the best way to experience it is to enjoy a play, opera or concert inside.

Passing through Puerta de la Ciudadela – Old city gate – one of the few remains from when our city was walled – you can enter the Old City or the Historic District of the city, and following the Peatonal  Sarandí “Pedestrian Sarandí”, which offers shops, bars and restaurants, you will reach the Rio de la Plata and blend in with the fishermen of the Escollera Sarandí, passing through plazas like the Plaza Matriz – where  the Cathedral – and the Plaza Zabala are. Because of the large concentration of offices in the area, the best time to do this walk is around noon, Monday through Friday.

If you find yourself in the area around noon, you will have several great options for lunch just a few feet away, but you can also stop at the Mercado del Puerto, a building more than 100 years old that combines upscale restaurants with simpler and more affordable grills – although the prices are not the cheapest for being an important tourist attraction, because of it’s location across from the port where many Argentine tourists, as well as international cruise travellers, arrive in the ferry Buquebús. In addition to enjoying barbecue or empanadas, at this spot you can also try two of our local delicacies: the Tannat wine and the Medio y Medio –Half and Half-, a sweet Uruguayan drink that is prepared with champagne and white wine.

Although the avenue has several plazas, the greatest attraction is not at ground level but several meters higher; the domes of the buildings. On the corner of Calle Río Negro, you will see a traditional example adorned with a sculpture of the titan Atlas. The London Paris department store stood there for several decades and was an icon of the city before shopping malls had opened in other neighborhoods.

Montevideo's Fountain Lock Bar Facal

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Another attraction on 18 de Julio is a Fuente de Candados –Fountain of Locks-, located at the corner of Yi street, that was placed there by the owners of the neighborhood bar Facal. Several couples spontaneously began to vow their love to each other there, based on the romantic novels of the Italian Federico Moccia “Tre metri sopra il celo” and “Ho voglia di te”, which were later transformed into films. Incidentally, Facal is one of the places where you can try our “chivito” – a typical meat sandwich of the country-, see tango shows and take photos with a statue of Gardel.

Book here a traditional lunch with tango show in Bar Facal

It is also worth seeing the architecture of the Facultad de Derecho “Law School”, located more towards the east, between streets Eduardo Acevado and Tristan Narvaja. In this area on Sundays there is a flea market, popular among locals and tourists, where you can find of all sorts of things.

The avenue 18 de Julio ends with the Obelisk , and a few blocks away you will find Terminal Tres Cruces, “Three crosses terminal” where you can take buses to Punta del Este or Colonia del Sacramento and to the interior of the country. A brand new spot is the Sinergia Design (Eduardo Víctor Haedo 2240) where local designers have their offices and also sell their creations. How about picking up a souvenir of an artist’s own design?

Book here a day tour to Punta del Este o Colonia from Montevideo

2 – Aguada/PradoThe Legislative Palace

From Plaza Fabini, commonly known as “Plaza del Entrevero” located at the intersection of 18 de Julio and Avenida Del Libertador “Liberty Avenue”, you can take Libertador to reach the Palacio Legislativo,  which houses the offices of senators and deputies of the country. Inside it stands the Pasillo de Pasos Perdidos, an interesting space with stained glass windows and vaulted ceilings. Domestic marble in different colors was used as decoration as well as mosaics and bas-reliefs created by artists Edmundo Partti, Jose Belloni, y Juan Buffa. Guided tours available (see schedules below)

Just a few blocks away stands the complex Torre de Telecomunicaciones, a group of modern mirrored glass buildings where the company Telefonica Antel operates. The tallest building reaches 160 meters and offers a lookout point for tourists, as well as murals originally created by artist Torres García’s workshop to decorate the walls of the hospital Saint Bois, restored in the last few years. Both buildings can be seen by guided tours, (See schedules below).

In La Aguada, the name given to this part of the city, there is also the newly renovated Mercado Agricola –Agricultural Market-, a historic building which was recently restored, where not only fruits and vegetables are sold, but also has many restaurants and specialty stores. Ideal for a rainy day!

Furthest from the city center towards the northeast lies the neighborhood Prado, the country’s old aristocratic zone, where the president resides. Presidents traditionally lived in this area, until Jose “Pepe” Mujica decided to permanently install his own farm during his term. It’s worth the visit to this neighborhood to feel as if you were in the elegant Montevideo in the early part of the 20th century, with avenues lined with old mansions and estates. Although a few decades later the high national aristocracy moved to Carrasco and nowadays are even in private neighborhoods in the suburbs like La Tahona “The Flourmill”, many of the families that founded the city continue to reside in the Prado.

One of the attractions of this neighborhood is the Botanical Garden, an enclosed park filled with many varieties of trees, flowers, and plants. Another one of its strong points is The Rosedal, a walkway dedicated to our poet Juana de Ibarbourou that has four crowned by eight domes of art nouveau style and a fountain in the middle; designed by the French landscaper Charles Racine in 1912, offers about 300 varieties of ancient and modern roses. The best time to visit in spring, when the flowers are in their maximum splendor.

In Prado there is also one of the most beautiful churches in the city, called Las Carmelitas (Irigotiria Street, between Hemanos Ruiz y Av. 19 de Abril), a Catholic temple of gothic style built in the year 1929. And if you want to top off your visit with a bit of national art, you must also visit the Museum of fine Arts Juan Manuel Blanes  (Av Millan 4015). This Palladian villa offers permanent exhibitions of our artists Juan Manuel Blanes (1830-1901) and Pedro Figari (1861-1938), as well as with other travelling exhibitions and behind the museum, the Japanese Garden of Montevideo, a small but very picturesque space designed by a Japanese landscape artist.

The Rural del Prado, a property is also in this neighborhood, where spring expo fairs are held every year in autumn and spring, combining various stands from different countries – with all kinds of products available- as well as livestock barns and agricultural machinery. In addition, they put on parties, parades, concerts and other cultural activities. Check to see if your visit to the city coincides with the weeks in which La Rural Del Prado is held, and if so, do not miss it.

3 – Parque Batlle/Parque RodóThe legendary Centenario Stadium

Important features of the most central part of the city, the first is an obligatory attraction for football lovers, given that there is the Estadio Centenario. Did you know that the first world cup was held there in 1930? And that we won? And that we also won the World Cup in 1950, but in the Brazilian stadium of Maracaná? For the people of Uruguay, who are quite nostalgic (our most important night party is called “Night of Nostalgia” and is celebrated on August 24) Maracana is something that remains in our memory, even though so many decades have passed. In the stadium, there is a Football Museum, but in addition, tourists who are football fanatics can book a football tour in Montevideo that will take you to the stadium with tickets, transfers, and guide included.

Book here a football experience in Montevideo

The stadium is located in the neighborhood Jardin Parque Batlle, where El Velódromo “The Velodrome”, La Pista de Atletismo “The Athletics Track”, El Club de Tiro “The Shooting Club” and the Hospital de Clinicas “Clinical Hospital”, a place where most of the medical students undergo training to gain experience, and well known for its size and architecture, also operate.

Another neighborhood with ample green spaces is Parque Rodó, which has the advantage of being next to the Rambla and offers a small amusement park and an amphitheater, the Summer Theater, where carnival shows take place in February and during the year there are concerts of bands and artists. On Sundays, the neighborhood hosts a fair offering clothing, fruit, vegetables and other items.

In December there is an annual exhibition of books and crafts. In addition, in this location there is another interesting point for art lovers, the National Museum of Visual Arts (Julio Herrera street and Reissig corner of Tomás GGaribaldi which also has one of the largest collections of national art, with artists such as Rafael Barradas, Joaquín Torres García , José Cúneo, Carlos Federico Sáez, Pedro Figari and Juan Manuel Blanes, among others. Parque Rodó is also one of the trendy places of  Montevideo’s nightlife, both in the area neighboring the amusement park and on the border with the neighborhood Cordón.

Read here a complete nightlife guide in Montevideo

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By Carina Fossati, Journalist specialised in travelling and author of the blog Hills to Hells
Translated to English by Anna Englund

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Where to eat in Colonia del Sacramento Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:10:01 +0000 Whether you’re taking a day trip to Colonia from Buenos Aires or from Montevideo, or are spending a few days exploring this pretty colonial town, there are plenty of great restaurants where to eat in Colonia to spend a great time and keep your stomach full. Colonia del Sacramento isn’t the cheapest town, however, thanks [...]

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Whether you’re taking a day trip to Colonia from Buenos Aires or from Montevideo, or are spending a few days exploring this pretty colonial town, there are plenty of great restaurants where to eat in Colonia to spend a great time and keep your stomach full.

Colonia del Sacramento isn’t the cheapest town, however, thanks to its booming tourism industry, with visitors arriving in boatloads from across the river. Rather than just wandering into the first restaurant you see when hunger strikes, make sure you get a good meal for your money by following our advice for tried-and-tested restaurants in Colonia.

Where to eat in Colonia: 8 restaurants to eat well

1. Charco

Charco is a hotel with an excellent Bistro located on a quiet street in the historic downtown area. This is a wonderful spot for a quiet breakfast, tasty lunch or delicious dinner. The menu is extensive and the service is excellent. The restaurant is modern and chic, considered by the locas as one of the top places where to eat in Colonia with a great view over the river, and a terrace outside for sunny days.
Address: San Pedro 116

The clean white interior of Charco Bistro

Enjoy an exquisite meal at the beautiful Charco Bistro / Source

2. Buen Suspiro

Located on the most emblematic street of Colonia, Calle de los Suspiros (Street of Sighs), Buen Suspiro is an old tavern that provides a traditional experience in Colonia. The cosy interior is especially wonderful on a cold winter’s day or a crisp autumn evening. Come here for a cheese and charcuterie board and a glass of wine for lunch or dinner. Buen Suspiro also has a shop selling homemade food products.
Address: Calle de los Suspiros 90

The sign and entrance to Buens Suspiro restaurant in Colonia

Duck into the cosy and traditional Buen Suspiro for wine and a cheese platter / Photo: Daytours4u

3. Los Farolitos

A little stand, with plastic chairs, looking like any typical hole-in-the-wall fast food joint, Los Farolitos is Colonia institution for those in the know. Don’t be put off by its initial appearance – this is the place where to eat in Colonia if you decided to go to for a Chivito. You can also get great hamburgers and panchos (hot dogs) here. While not located in the historic quarter, it’s just a short walk from the tourist spots along one of the main roads.
Address: Av. General Flores 272

4. Restaurant del Ferrocarril

If you’re looking for a different experience, why not dine in an old train? Restaurant del Ferrocarril (The Railroad Restaurant) is located next to Plaza de Toros, the abandoned Bull Ring. After wandering through the Railway Museum, settle into the old dining car for a delicious lunch or a romantic dinner. The food here is worth the visit to this side of the city.
Address: Circunvalacion Plaza de Toros

The romantic interior of the dining car of Restaurant del Ferrocarril

Fine dining in style at Restaurant del Ferrocarril / Source

5.Viejo Barrio

Viejo Barrio immediately catches your eye on the central cobblestone courtyard by the lighthouse, with its warm colours. It’s a great spot for a laid back meal. Be sure to try their homemade pasta.
Address: Vasconcellos 169

6. La Pulperia de los Faroles

If you’re looking for international cuisine in a good location, then head to La Pulperia de los Faroles. The prices are not the cheapest, but it offers a solid meal option in the charming main plaza of the historic quarter.
Address: Misiones de los Tapes 101

The pink building of Pulperia de los Faroles

You can’t miss the pink building of Pulperia de los Faroles

7. El Drugstore

Right next door to Viejo Barrio you’ll find the wonderfully eclectic El Drugstore. Not a drugstore, this quirkily decorated restaurant serves up a variety of tapas and other meals. On weekends, there is live music here. When you see the old cars with tables inside, and plants growing out of them, you’ll know you’re in the right place!
Address: Corner of Portugal and Vasconcellos

Chefs at work in the kitchen of El Drugstore

Chefs at work inside the quirky El Drugstore / Source

8. Don Joaquin

While you may feel inclined to stick to Uruguayan classics such as chivito, asado (barbecue), or fresh seafood, sometimes you just need to give into a pizza craving. Luckily Colonia is home to Don Joaquin. Serving delicious artisanal pizza and buena onda (good vibes), this is a great dinner option.
Address: 18 de Julio 267

A pizza going into the wood-fired oven

Enjoy a delicious pizza at Don Joaquin / Source

For trendy foodies:

– Gitana Gastrobar: with a great view to the River, this bistró has a wonderful view to chill out and spend a lovely sunny afternoon. Their menu is an example of the evolution of local uruguayan gastronomy.
Address: Misiones de los Tapes 41

– Miss Fusion Colonia:  a gastro pub that integrates art and culture. In their art gallery next to the restaurant, they often have exhibitions and concerts. Their dining room offers an intimate setting perfect to try their great menu alongside author cocktails, craft beer and the best uruguayan wine.
Address: Manuel Lobo 449 esquina Alberto Mendez


Tips On Eating Out in Colonia:

  • Many places do not take credit card. Some places accept foreign currency. We recommend checking what the payment options are before ordering.
  • Since many restaurants cater to tourists and accept foreign currency, confirm the currency the menu is in. Remember that the Uruguayan Peso is usually marked with a $ while US Dollars are marked as USD.
  • A standard tip at a restaurant is 10%. Check your bill to see whether it has been included or not.
  • While the restaurants around the windmill on the coast of the historic quarter have spectacular views, they tend to be overpriced for the food they offer. They are, however, a great option for a drink at sunset.
  • As you walk back out of the Historic Quarter towards the port, stop at Freddo for an ice cream. The perfect way to end a day in Colonia!

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Montevideo Nightlife Guide of clubs, pubs and things to do Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:24:37 +0000 The Montevideo nightlife has its secrets and one of them is knowing the right time to go out, more similar to that of Argentina and Spain. On Fridays and Saturdays the peak time is between 11 pm and 2 am and the dance floor will be full only after 3 am. Even though some establishments [...]

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The Montevideo nightlife has its secrets and one of them is knowing the right time to go out, more similar to that of Argentina and Spain. On Fridays and Saturdays the peak time is between 11 pm and 2 am and the dance floor will be full only after 3 am. Even though some establishments offer the opportunity to go for a drink right after office, this has not turned into a habit for the people of Montevideo.

In order to fully enjoy the Montevideo nightlife, read the recommendations of a local journalist and blogger. The first one is: do not hesitate to have a little nap and a little reinvigorating shower before going out; that way you will be able to face the night with all your batteries charged.


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Brickell Irish bar, already a classic of the Montevideo nightlife / Picture: Búsqueda

At the border between the neighbourhoods of Cordón and of Parque Rodó, you can find several nightclubs concentrated in a few blocks. Among them, you will find the rock and roll Irish pub Brickell (Blanes 1175). In front, there is another option mixing pop music and commercial cumbia: the Después te explico pub (Blanes 1188). In the surroundings, you can also find Bakers (Pablo de María 1198 at the corner of Charrúa) and Monroe (Constituyente 1885). The last one is hidden in a bookstore without any poster to advertise its presence, just like a speakeasy from the United States.

Even though almost all those places are pubs, you can also eat something there (share tapas, pizzas, chips and other snacks with your friends) and from Thursday to Saturday, after 1 am they take the tables and chairs out so that the whole place can turn into a dancefloor. Definitely a great option to enjoy the Montevideo nightlife!


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The FunFun Bar offers a fun culture night with an amazing decoration. Picture: Uruguay4u

Even though we must warn you that FunFun (Soriano 922) is a place where you will find more tourists than Uruguayans, the visit is still worth it since this place offers live music and decorations that combine colourful elements of Uruguay such as sports and culture, among other things. The menu is quite simple (pizza, empanada and snacks) but you cannot leave the place without tasting the “uvita”, a liquor made with wine that was created in this pub. If you are into this sort of things but want something a little more refined, you should go to El Milongón (Gaboto 1810) that looks like an international dinner show. This is one of the few places in the city where you can have dinner as you watch tango and folklore shows.

Book here  El Milongon tango and candombe show.

If you wish to try something really different, try Barón (Santiago de Chile 1270): this place looks like a speakeasy that came right out of the Prohibition. This is a barber shop that indeed can cut your beard but also hides a bar and restaurant in the back. Another jewel of the area, a few blocks away, is the Candy Bar (Durazno 1402 at the corner of Ejido), an old store of the neighbourhood that turned into a “cool bar” of the city, that offers exquisite tortillas de papa (potato omelette). There aren’t many tables and they do not accept reservations so you should better go early.


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Bar Negroni, you cannot miss it if you are a cocktail lover / Picture: @NegroniMontevideo

Inaugurated in 2016, Vasca bar de tapas (Miñones 455 corner of Jaquín Nuñez) mixes the Spanish concept of offering a little of everything in small portions with the Montevideo menu. Another Montevideo nightlife option is El Fondito (Pedro Bustamente 1222, near Montevideo Shopping) that is especially nice during warm nights as visitors can enjoy its garden, tables and chairs. Informal and mostly dedicated to youngsters, you should try its gramajo served on a plow disc. You will have a lot to eat so you should share it with someone!

On the other hand, as far as high-end cocktails are concerned, one of the best of the city in terms of innovations is Negroni (Guipúzcoa 352). If you want something similar but with the international atmosphere of a hotel bar, doubtlessly your best option is Moderno Bar, in the recently inaugurated Hyatt Centric Montevideo (Rambla Perú 1479). Besides, its interior design will doubtlessly also surprise you.

If you want original options in Montevideo, one of the most innovative is the BocaNegra vinos & tapas (Ellauri corner of García Cortinas) since they offer a magnetic card that enables everyone to go and pour different varieties directly in their cup using electrical dispensers that indicate the prices and calculate your bill as you enjoy the Montevideo nightlife. Wherever you choose to spend your night, take into account that Uruguay is famous for its Tannat: you must try it at least once!


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Those last years have been a boom for the craft beer Uruguay market / Picture: Uruguay4u

Uruguay has not been left out of the worldwide craft beer boom and there are more than fifty locally brewed ales you can try, such as the Bizzarra, Volcánica, Mastra and Davok. Some of them are available at the Montevideo Beer Company (Bvr. España 2614 corner of Muñoz), La Choperia (21 de Setiembre 2650, corner of Bonpland), Montevideo Brew House (Libertad 2592 corner of Maeso), Gallagher`s (Pagola 3233 between Berro and 26 de Marzo), El secreto de Igor bar de tapas (Guipúzcoa 318 corner of García Cortinas) and Patagonia Brewing Co. (L.A. de Herrera 1193 between Iturriaga and 26 de Marzo); the last one is the top-notch establishment of Uruguay in terms of South Argentinian beer.

Don’t miss: Mastra Artisanal Brewery Tour


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The decoration and location of Volvé mi Negra is perfect for a night with style / Picture: Estudio de Arquitectos Alvarez Urioste

If after going to the pub – or having a few cups with friends – you wish to keep on enjoying the Montevideo nightlife, in the Plaza Mateo centre (Rambla corner of Sarmiento, Parque Rodó), several night clubs, pubs and restaurants coexist. Among them, Volvé mi negra, where you will be able to dance pop music, cumbia pop, quechengua and other contemporary music still until early morning.

Another option for night owls is the Lotus Club (Luis A. de Herrera 1248, World Trade Center). It has been opened for more than a decade but is very selective, above all when the club is full (which usually happens from 3 am). Just in case, do not go with sports shoes (boys or girls) and if you are a man try not to wear a short. For girls, this is one of the few places in Uruguay where you can go with dresses and lot of jewels without calling too much attention – in most places jeans are generally more than perfect.


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Clyde’s Carrasco, after having survived 40 years in this area, is a must-see location / Picture: Clyde’s

The historical pub restaurant Clyde’s (Costa Rica 1690) is about to celebrate its 40th birthday in a neighbourhood in which pubs and clubs come and go: just by visiting it, you will understand the secret of its success. However, if you are looking for a more recent, informal offer made for youngsters, ChiviPizza (Schroeder 6472) is what you are looking for. Its menu combines pizzas and chivitos with daiquiris, caipiriñas and other cocktails: a great option to enjoy the Montevideo nightlife with friends.


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Live music lovers and contemporary music and local rock and roll fans must go a to a concert at La Trastienda MVD / Picture: La Trastienda

Crossing the Carrasco Creek you will find the music bar Hendrix (Gral. Lavalleja 1018 almost Rambla, Barra de Carrasco). Two Uruguayan musicians, Diego Martino of the band Hereford and Marcel Frontanini of Snake joined together to create this pub restaurant in 2012. In Hendrix, you will hear rock and all its variations and you can also generally listen to live music or have a laugh with stand up shows as you enjoy cocktails and pizzas.

Another place where you will be able to listen to original music is El Mingus coffee bar (San Salvador 1952, Parque Rodó) that can offer you some jazz sessions and Mexican snacks and other surprises. But if what you want is a concert, go to La Trastienda website (Fernández Crespo 1763, and you should find what you were looking for. If you cannot find your happiness there, another place where you can get information about big and small live concerts to enjoy the Montevideo nightlife is , one of the most complete websites in the city.

Montevideo Nightlife Address List

Bakers (Pablo de María 1198, corner of Charrúa, Phone 096 212 767 y 097 457 260)

Barón, the barber shop that hides a secret (Santiago de Chile 1270, Phone 097 978 566)

Brickell Irish Pub (Blanes 1175 Phone 2401 2804)

BocaNegra vinos & tapas (Ellauri corner of García Cortinas Phone 2716 5935)

Candy Bar (Durazno 1402 corner of Ejido, Phone 2904 3179)

ChiviPizza (Punta Carretas: Miñones 2855 Phone 2710 1710; Carrasco: Schroeder 6472 Phone 2600 6161)

Después te explico (Blanes 1188 Phone 091 314 980)

Clyde´s (Costa Rica 1690 esq. Rivera Phone 2600 4198)

El Fondito (Pedro Bustamante 1222 Phone 2628 8167)

El Milongón (Gaboto 1810, Phone 2924 8535)

El secreto de Igor (Guipúzcoa 318 corner of García Cortinas) tapas bar and artisan beer

FunFun (Soriano 922 Phone 2904 4859)

Gallagher`s (Pagola 3233 between Berro and 26 de Marzo)

Hendrix music bar (Gral. Lavalleja 1018 almost rambla, Barra de Carrasco. Phone 094 122 700)

La Choperia (21 de Setiembre 2650 corner of Bonpland. Phone 095 927 454). Tuesday to Saturday from 7 pm to 2 am.

La Trastienda (Fernández Crespo 1763, Phone 2402 6929, Website.

Lotus Club (Luis A. de Herrera 1248, World Trade Center)

Mingus coffee bar (San Salvador 1952, Phone 2410 9342)

Moderno Bar (Hotel Hyatt Centric, Rambla Perú 1479 Phone 2621 1234)

Monroe Bar (Constituyente 1885 Phone 092 666 763)

Montevideo Beer Company (Bvr. España 2614 corner of Muñoz. Phone 2716 6218)

Montevideo Brew House (Libertad 2592 corner of Maeso. Phone 2705 2763)

Negroni (Guipúzcoa 352 Phone 2716 7903)

Patagonia Brewing Co. (L.A. de Herrera 1193 between Iturriaga and 26 de Marzo. Phone 2622 9812)

Plaza Mateo (Rambla corner of Sarmiento, Parque Rodó)

Vasca tapas bar (Miñones 455 corner of Joaquín Nuñez Phone 093 982 211)

The pictures used in this article are directly taken from the social networks of the recommended establishments.

By Carina Fossati, Journalist specialised in travelling and author of the blog Hills to Hells
Translated to English by Grégory Noël

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Where to eat in Montevideo: the ultimate foodie’s guide Wed, 10 May 2017 15:26:16 +0000 Follow this guide to find out where to eat in Montevideo. In this article you will discover our recommendations on the best places to eat in Montevideo, in neighbourhoods such as Ciudad Vieja, Centro, Pocitos and Carrasco. The Uruguayan cuisine has been greatly influenced by Spain and Italy and as their best-selling produce is their famous red [...]

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Follow this guide to find out where to eat in Montevideo. In this article you will discover our recommendations on the best places to eat in Montevideo, in neighbourhoods such as Ciudad Vieja, Centro, Pocitos and Carrasco.

The Uruguayan cuisine has been greatly influenced by Spain and Italy and as their best-selling produce is their famous red meat – going to Montevideo without eating at least once a parrillada is a sin. However, it offers little variety as far as spices are concerned – the chimichurri, a sauce usually eaten with an asado (barbecue), is the exception. Another option for travellers is the chivito, a thin meat sandwich with lettuce, tomato, egg and mayonnaise – it can also contain ham, cheese and/or bacon. It’s served in most city bars and it comes with potato chips.

Chivito Uruguayo

The traditional chivito uruguayo can be served “al plato” (on a dish) or “al pan” (sandwich style). Photo source: Zack Marzouck

When it comes to dessert, you cannot miss dulce de leche: fill your pancakes with it or eat it with flan, your options are endless. Taste it once and you will surely want to put a few jars in your suitcase in order to bring the sweet taste of Uruguay back home with you.

Where to eat in Ciudad Vieja & Centro

La Fonda Montevideo

The Sarandi Pedestrian became a trendy street for foodies.  At day and night you can enjoy a great and diverse atmosphere in restaurants like La Fonda. Photo source: Uruguay4u

Having lunch in the Casco Histórico (Ciudad Vieja) in Montevideo is the best way to taste the Uruguayan flavours whilst discovering the most ancient part of the city. You cannot miss the Mercado del Puerto (Piedras 237), both a gastronomical and cultural experience in a building that was formally the centre’s fruit, vegetable and meat market in the late 19th century and the early 20th century.

If you ask anyone on the street where to eat in Montevideo, they will probably send you to the Mercado del Puerto. Due to its history and beautiful architecture, this place attracts many visitors every day and can be a bit expensive, however, it is one of the best spots to try Medio y Medio – a local sweet, sparkling white wine in the Mercado, but if you’d like to eat out maybe it would be best to try some other options, not only to avoid paying the higher prices in the Mercado, but also because almost every day there is a new place to eat in Montevideo.

A few blocks away from the Mercado you will find the Peatonal Sarandí. During the last few years, this street has become Montevideo’s gastronomical epicentre. Here are a few restaurants you should try:

  • Jacinto(Sarandí 349, corner of Alzáibar): enjoy  the cuisine of chef Lucía Soria – disciple of the famous chef Francis Mallman – as well as delicious home-made bread.
  • Estrecho (Aarandí 460, corner of Misiones): lean on the counter to witness how they prepare a delicious loin salad or how they caramelise the crème brûlée.
  • Sin Pretensiones (Sarandí 366): taste contemporary Uruguayan cooking – they offer, for instance, sturgeons from Río Negro, a delicious local fish which would be hard to find on any other menu throughout the country. You will also be able to discover and buy antiques, handicrafts and items from the countryside.
  •  La Fonda (Pérez Castellano 1422, corner of 25 de Mayo), a family restaurant with affordable prices where you can directly see the chefs at work.
  • Toledo bar de tapas (Cerritos 499 corner of Treinta y Tres):  if what you like is trying a little bit of everything in order to sample as many flavours as you can; then this is the restaurant for you.

For a more lively lunch or an afternoon coffee,
a good option is Santa café & cocina (Cerrito 521). Another good idea would be the coffee shop Centro Cultural de España (Rincón 629). Located in the first floor, it offers Mediterranean cooking and is mostly known for its potato omelette.

If you are looking for a pizza, you might be surprised to hear that in most bars in the Centro and Ciudad Vieja they are served in square-shaped portions. To find  even more surprises go the Bar Tasende (Ciudadela 1300) and ask for a pizza al tacho: without tomato sauce and with tons of mozzarella, this pizza turned this place into a classic in Montevideo.

If you want a sandwich, go to Futuros Refuerzos (Ciudadela 1188), where you will be able to taste the famous Uruguayan chivito and other traditional recipes prepared with various types of bread.

Bar Facal

A Carlos Gardel statue welcomes all visitors to Bar Facal from breakfast to lunch. Photo source: Uruguay4u

You can also try the typical home made chocolate and churros from Bar Facal (18 de julio 1249 corner of Yi). The bar also offers a wide menu of Uruguayan classic dishes and during weekdays you can even enjoy a street tango shows. This is a typical attraction for visitors due to the statue of Carlos Gardel – the famous tango singer and its romantic lock fountain, another classic in Montevideo downtown. Ideal for any loved up couples!

Where to eat in Montevideo: Pocitos & Punta Carretas

In Uruguay dinner is later than in most countries – usually between 9 pm and midnight. You may wonder how Uruguayans are not hungry during the afternoon: the secret is having an afternoon snack, called merienda. If you are wondering where to eat in Montevideo during the merienda, you should go to Hoy te quiero (Jaime Zudáñez 2601) and La Dulcería (Jaime Zudáñez 2855) – there you can enjoy a good coffee or a cup of tea. What snack should you eat in Montevideo? Some cake with dulce de leche such as the torta alfajor or some milhojas.

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The most delicious and sweetest afternoon snacks are undouboutly @DulceriaDeXime

If you’re looking for looking for dinner in Montevideo and want to get a taste of some home-made Uruguayan food, you should definitely go to Tona (Luis Franzini 955), to taste chef Hugo Soca’s food. However, if you wish to revel in local meat go to Uruguay Natural parrilla gourmet (Héctor Mirando 2342) or to La Perdiz (Guipúscoa 350); this place has been ranking 1st on Tripadvisor for years.

Namasté Veggie Restó

Namasté is the perfect choice for vegetarians and couples looking for a romantic and tranquil atmosphere. Photo Source: Namasté

Uruguay does not offer much for vegetarians – usually, only pasta and simple salads – but there are two places that cater perfectly for anyone looking to avoid meat: Bechamel (Franzini 907) and Namasté (Bvr. Artigas 1776).

If money is not a concern when you’re searching where to eat in Montevideo, or you wish to celebrate something special, FOC (Ramon Fernandez 185, corner of García Cortinas) offers various gourmet menus. You must also consider Tandory (Masini, corner of Libertad) as well, a restaurant ran by chef Gabriel Coquel that can offer you flavoured dishes, exotic spices, curries and many options that expand beyond the limits of traditional local cooking. In fact, it was Mick Jagger’s personal choice on his last visit to Montevideo.

Where to eat in Montevideo: Carrasco

Residential, aristocratic and not known to many tourists, Carrasco is a neighbourhood which has seen a rise in many offices, shops and commercial buildings during this last decade. Most of them are on the High Street, the Arocena Avenue or in neighbouring streets such as Rostand, Otero and Schroeder.

Sofitel Montevideo Casino Carrasco

Sofitel Montevideo Carrasco and Spa. A top-notch experience for demanding foodies. Photo Source: Sofitel

At the Arocena and la Rambla junction (a seaside street) you cannot miss the historical building Hotel Casino Carrasco. It was taken over by the hotel chain Sofitel in 2013, after having been abandoned for a long time and is a famous site in this neighbourhood. As you enter the lobby you can enjoy the hotel’s various art exhibitions, try your luck at the casino, and if you still have some money left, its definitely worth having lunch or dinner in the hotel’s restaurant, 1921 – a mix of French and local gastronomies.

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A sophisticated place for a romantic and delicious sushi night. Photo Source: Café Misterio

In this neighbourhood, a top pick for both locals and tourists alike is the beloved Café Misterio (Costa Rica 1700 corner of Rivera). The restaurant is owned by Pablo Clerici and Roberto Behrens and is famous for their sushi and gourmet gastronomy. A less formal and more economical option is Chivipizza (Schroeder 6472 between Arocena and Costa Rica), one of the best to sample a chivito in Montevideo.

Where to eat in Montevideo / Uruguay4u

Outdoor meriendas at bakery La Linda are a classic afternoon spot for a nice talk with friends and families. Photo Source: La Linda

We’ve already told you that the merienda is one of the favourite meals amongst the locals in Uruguay and the Lavender Tea Room (Divina Comedia 2014) is one of the ideal places to have a great afternoon snack with a quality coffee or tea or delicious flavoured water and a piece of cheesecake or even carrot cake. The bakery La Linda (Potosí 1666) and the coffee shop Credo Café (Rambla República de México 5493) are also great options for eating between 5 and 7 pm in Montevideo. Credo Café also offers brunch and has its own Credo Store, a shop that offers their own brand  t-shirts, shirts, caps, leather gloves which are made in Uruguay, and some general accessories for motorcyclists and outdoors sports lovers.

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Credo Café is a great option to eat during the afternoon. Photo Source: Credo Café

Tips for eating in Montevideo

  • In Uruguay there are four meals (breakfast, lunch, merienda and dinner) but breakfast is usually the lightest (mate, tea or coffee with some toasted bread) and is usually eaten at home: you will find very few places where you can eat in Montevideo offering good gastronomical breakfasts.
  • Lunch is usually eaten between 12.30 and 3pm. In the interior of the country, where offices and businesses have a two-hour break for the siesta (nap), lunch is just as important as dinner, but in Montevideo and other big cities lunch is getting lighter and lighter.
  • Centro and Ciudad Vieja is mostly active between Monday to Friday during the day, since this is mainly a business neighbourhood. Therefore many bars and restaurants in the area only open for lunch. On the other hand, in Pocitos and Punta Carretas you will find many restaurants that only open at night and during the week-end. This is a great place to eat amongst the buzzing nightlife in Montevideo!

Where to eat in Montevideo: Restaurants directory

Mercado del Puerto. Piedra 236. The shops inside the building open only for lunch, those outside for lunch and dinner.

Jacinto. Sarandí 349, corner of Alzaíbar, Phone: (+598) 2915 2731. Monday from 9 am to 6 pm, Tuesday to Saturdays from 9 am to midnight. Closed on Sunday.

Estrecho. Sarandí 460. Phone (+598) 2915 6107), Monday to Friday from noon to 4 pm.

Sin Pretensiones. Sarandí 366. Phone (+598) 2916 9972, Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm. Closed on weekend.

La Fonda. Pérez Castellano 1422, corner of 25 de Mayo, Phone (+598) 2917 1559, Tuesday to Sunday, from noon to 11 pm.

Toledo bar de tapas. Cerrito 499 corner of Treinta y Tres, Phone (+598) 2915 3006, Monday to Friday from noon to 4:30 pm. Closed on weekends.

Santé café & cocina. Cerrito 521, Phone (+598) 2914 5632, Monday to Friday from 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm. Closed on Sunday.

Coffee shop Centro Cultural de España. Rincón 629, Phone (+598) 2915 2250 int. 110, Monday to Friday from 9 am to 7 pm, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm. Closed on Sunday.

Bar Tasende. Ciudadela 1300, Phone (+598) 2900 2970, Monday to Friday from 9:30 until after midnight. Closed on Sunday.

Futuro Refuerzos. Ciudadela 1188, Phone (+598) 2902 5991, Tuesday to Saturday from noon to midnight. It will shortly move to another location, yet to be announced.

Bar Facal. 18 de Julio 1249 corner of Yi, Phone (+598) 2908 7741, Monday to Thursday from 8 am to 1 am, Friday to Saturday from 8 am to 3 am, Sunday from 8 am to midnight.

Hoy te quiero. Jaime Zudáñez 2601, Phone (+598) 2712 3356, Tuesday to Saturday from 9 am to midnight, Sunday and Monday from noon to 8 pm.

La Dulcería. Jaime Zudáñez 2855, Phone (+598) 2710 8010, Monday to Friday from 8 am to 8 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm. Closed on Sunday.

Tona. Luis Franzini 955, Phone (+598) 2712 7628, Tuesday to Saturday, from 8:30 pm to 11:30 pm. Closed on Sunday and Monday.

Uruguay Natural parrilla gourmet. Héctor Miranda 2432, Phone (+598) 2710 3608, Tuesday to Saturday, from noon to 3:30 pm and from 8 pm to midnight. Opens only at noon on Sunday and closed on Monday.

La Perdiz. Guipúzcoa 350, Phone (+598) 2711 8963, Monday to Sunday, from noon to 4 pm and from 7:30 pm to 00:30 am.

Bechamel. Franzini 907, Phone. (+598) 2716 3030, Monday to Friday from 8pm to 11 pm, Saturday from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm and from 8 pm to 11:30 pm, on Sunday only at noon.

Namasté. Bvr. Artigas 1176, Phone (+598) 2709 5554, on Monday and Thursday from noon to 3:30 pm, from Wednesday to Saturday from noon to 3:30pm and from 8:30 pm to 0:30 am. Closed on Sunday.

FOC. Ramon Fernandez 285 corner of García Cortinas, Phone (+598) 91 654 227, on Thursday from 8 pm to midnight, Wednesday to Saturday from noon to 4 pm and from 8 pm to midnight, closed on Monday and Sunday.

Tandory. Masini corner of Libertad, Phone (+598) 2709 6616, Monday to Friday from 12.30 pm to 3 pm and from 8 pm to 11 pm. Only at night on Saturday and closed on Sunday.

Café Misterio. Costa Rica 1700, corner of Rivera, Phone (+598) 2601 8765, Monday to Saturday from noon to 5 pm and from 8 pm to 1:30 am. Closed on Sunday.

Chivipizza. In Carrasco: Schroeder 6472, Phone (+598) 2600 6161, only at night on Monday (8 pm to midnight), on Tuesday and Wednesday from noon to 3:40 pm and from 8 pm to midnight, on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from noon to 3:40 pm and from 8 pm to 1 am, Sunday from noon to 3:40 pm and from 8 pm to midnight.
In Punta Carretas, Miñones 2855, Phone (+598) 2710 1710, Monday to Sunday from 7 pm to 2 am (the kitchen closes between midnight and 1am).

Lavender tea room. Divina Comedia 2014, Phone (+598) 2601 3545, Monday to Saturday, from 8 am to 6 pm. Closed on Sunday.

La Linda Panadería y Café. Potosí 1666, Phone (+598) 2605 9015, from Monday to Sunday, from 9 am to 8 pm.

Credo Café. Rambla Rep. de México 5493, Phone (+598) 95 960 506, Wednesday to Friday from noon to 11 pm, on Sunday and Saturday from 10 am to 11 pm.

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By Carina Fossati, Uruguayan, journalist and author of Hills to Heels  / Translated to English by: Grégory Noël

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South America Football Calendar 2017 Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:44:10 +0000 This year, Daytours4u is taking you to the pitch! In South America football is much more than just a sport. Discover this passion with our Football Tours and go to the best stadiums with the best company! Football is a such a passion in South America that the game is like a party. You cannot [...]

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This year, Daytours4u is taking you to the pitch! In South America football is much more than just a sport. Discover this passion with our Football Tours and go to the best stadiums with the best company!

Football is a such a passion in South America that the game is like a party. You cannot miss it. To help you plan your trip this article will highlight the most important games throughout the continent and the most important games between the World Cup 2018 qualifiers. This way you can put on your favourite football shirt and enjoy the victory (or defeat) of the local teams.

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World Cup 2018 Qualifiers in South America

Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile… the best South America’s best football players will face eachother in the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers! Feel the emotion of seeing Messi, Neymar, Mascherano and Agüero play live in one of the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers.

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World Cup 2018 – Qualifiers in Argentina

This is the list of some of the World Cup Qualifying Games that will be played in Argentina.

Week Date Time (Local Time) Game Stadium
Week 13 23/03 8:30 PM Argentina – Chile Monumental, Buenos Aires
Week 16 05/09 Uncommunicated Argentina – Venezuela Uncommunicated
Week 17 05/10 Uncommunicated Argentina – Perú Uncommunicated


World Cup 2018 – Qualifiers in Uruguay

This is the list of some of the World Cup Qualifying Games that will be played in Uruguay.

Week Date Time (Local time) Game Stadium
Round 13 23/03 8:00 PM Uruguay – Brazil Centenario, Montevideo
Round 15 31/08 Uncommunicated Uruguay – Argentina Uncommunicated
Round 18 10/10 Uncommunicated Uruguay – Bolivia Uncommunicated


World Cup 2018 – Qualifiers in Brazil

This is the list of some of the World Cup Qualifying Games that will be played in Brazil.

Week Date Time (Local Time) Game Stadium
Week 14 28/03 9:45 PM Brazil – Paraguay Arena Corinthians, São Paulo
Week 15 31/08 Uncommunicated Brazil – Ecuador Uncommunicated
Week 18 10/10 Uncommunicated Brazil – Chile Uncommunicated


World Cup 2018 – Qualifiers in Colombia

This is the list of some of the World Cup Qualifying Games that will be played in Colombia.

Week Date Time (Local time) Game Stadium
Week 13 23/03 3:30 PM Colombia – Bolivia Metropolitano, Barranquilla
Week 16 05/09 Uncommunicated Colombia – Brazil Uncommunicated
Week 17 05/10 Uncommunicated Colombia – Paraguay Uncommunicated


World Cup 2018 – Qualifiers Chile

This is the list of some of the World Cup Qualifying Games that will be played in Chile.

Week Date Time (Local time) Game Stadium
Week 15 31/08 Uncommunicated Chile – Paraguay Uncommunicated
Week 17 05/10 Uncommunicated Chile – Ecuador Uncommunicated

Source: FIFA

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La Bombonera, the legendary stadium of Boca / Source

Football in Argentina

Torneo Primera división 2017 Calendar

The Primera División Argentina (Argentinian Premier League) is one of the most talked about football event by fans world-wide. Its legendary games, like the superclasico Boca – River and the passion of the “hinchas” (Argentinian fans) make this championship a unique experience. If you like football, you have to see an Argentinian football game!

Buy your tickets for Argentina’s Premier league here !

In Argentina the exact dates and times will be given shortly before the game, we will try to keep you updated throughout the season!

Week Date Time Game
Week 16 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Boca Juniors – Talleres
Week 16 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Belgrano – Racing Club
Week 16 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Godoy Cruz – San Lorenzo
Week 16 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Lanus – River Plate
Week 17 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated San Lorenzo – Quilmes
Week 17 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Racing Club – Godoy Cruz
Week 17 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated River Plate – Belgrano
Week 17 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated San Martin – Boca Juniors
Week 18 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Boca Juniors – Def y Justicia
Week 18 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Godoy Cruz – River Plate
Week 18 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Tigre – San Lorenzo
Week 18 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Quilmes – Racing Club
Week 19 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated San Lorenzo – Sarmiento
Week 19 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated River Plate – Quilmes
Week 19 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Racing Club – Tigre
Week 19 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Arsenal – Newells
Week 20 16/04 Uncommunicated Boca Junios – Patronato
Week 20 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Tigre – River Plate
Week 20 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Sarmiento – Racing Club
Week 20 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Newells – Estudiantes LP
Week 20 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Atl Tucuman – San Lorenzo
Week 21 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated San Lorenzo – Temperley
Week 21 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Racing Club – Atl Tucuman
Week 21 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated River Plate – Sarmiento
Week 21 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Atl Rafaela – Boca Juniors
Week 22 30/04 Uncommunicated Boca Juniors – Arsenal
Week 22 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Atl Tucuman – River Plate
Week 22 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Temperley – Racing Club
Week 22 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Gimnasia LP – San Lorenzo
Week 23 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Racing Club – Gimnasia LP
Week 23 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated River Plate – Temperley
Week 23 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Newells – Independiente
Week 23 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated San Lorenzo – Rosario Central
Week 23 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Estudiantes LP – Boca Juniors
Week 24 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Independiente – Racing Club
Week 24 14/05 Uncommunicated Boca Juniors – River Plate
Week 24 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Huracan – San Lorenzo
Week 25 21/05 Uncommunicated Boca Juniors – Newells
Week 25 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated San Lorenzo – Aldosivi
Week 25 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Rosario Central – Racing Club
Week 25 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Independiente – Huracan
Week 26 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated River Plate – Rosario Central
Week 26 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Huracan – Boca Juniors
Week 26 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Racing Club – San Lorenzo
Week 27 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Racing Club – Aldosivi
Week 27 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated San Lorenzo – River Plate
Week 27 04/06 Uncommunicated Boca Juniors – Independiente
Week 28 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Aldosivi – Boca Juniors
Week 28 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated River Plate – Racing Club
Week 28 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Colon – San Lorenzo
Week 29 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated River Plate – Aldosivi
Week 29 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Racing Club – Colon
Week 29 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Olimpo – Boca Juniors
Week 29 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated San Lorenzo – Banfield
Week 30 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Banfield – Racing Club
Week 30 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Talleres – San Lorenzo
Week 30 25/06 Uncommunicated Boca Juniors – Union
Week 30 Uncommunicated Uncommunicated Colon – River Plate

The time and dates have not been communicated yet.

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Copa Libertadores is one of the most prestigious cup in South America – Peñarol vs LDU Quito / Source

Copa Libertadores 2017

Enjoy the Copa Libertadores with us. This is the South American equivalent of the Champion’s League, where the best team of every South American championship play eachother in this historical cup. Discover teams such as the Atletico Nacional, Independiente, Palmeiras and many more thanks to this exciting cup.

Buy your tickets for the Copa Libertadores here!

Copa Libertadores 2017 – Games in Argentina

This is a list of some of the most important Copa Libertadores games played in Argentina.

Group Date Time Game
Group 1 11/04 9:00 PM Estudiantes – Barcelona
Group 3 13/04 9:00 PM River Plate – Melgar
Group 7 18/04 9:00 PM Lanús – Zulia
Group 1 19/04 9:00 PM Estudiantes – Atlético Nacional
Group 6 20/04 7:30 PM Godoy Cruz – Sport Boys
Group 5 25/04 7:30 PM Atlético Tucumán – Jorge Wilstermar
Group 4 25/04 9:00 PM San Lorenzo – Universidad Católica
Group 5 02/05 7:30 PM Atlético Tucumán – Peñarol
Group 6 04/05 9:00 PM Godoy Cruz – Libertad
Group 3 10/05 9:00 PM River Plate – Emelec
Group 7 17/05 9:45 PM Lanús – Chapecoense
Group 4 17/05 9:45 PM San Lorenzo – Flamengo
Group 3 25/05 7:30 PM River – Independiente Medellín
Group 1 25/05 9:45 PM Estudiantes – Botafogo


Copa Libertadores 2017 – Games in Uruguay

This is a list of some of the most important Copa Libertadores games played in Uruguay.

Group Date Time Game
Group 7 25/04 9:45 PM Nacional – Chapecoense
Group 5 26/04 9:45 PM Peñarol – Palmeiras
Group 7 23/05 7:30 PM Nacional – Lanús
Group 5 24/05 9:45 PM Peñarol – Wilstermann


Copa Libertadores 2017 – Games in Brazil

This is a list of some of the most important Copa Libertadores games played in Brazil.

Group Date Time Game
Group 4 03/05 9:00 PM Atlético Paranaense – San Lorenzo
Group 6 16/05 9:45 PM Atlético Mineiro – Godoy Cruz
Group 5 24/05 9:45 PM Palmeiras – Atlético Tucumán


Copa Libertadores 2017 – Games in Colombia

This is a list of some of the most important Copa Libertadores games played in Colombia.

Group Date Time Game
Group 3 15/03 9:00 PM Independiente Medellín – River Plate
Group 1 02/05 9:00 PM Atlético Nacional – Estudiantes


Copa Libertadores 2017 – Games in Chile

This is a list of some of the most important Copa Libertadores games played in Chile.

Group Date Time Game
Group 4 12/04 9:00 PM Universidad Católica – San Lorenzo


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Nacional is one of Uruguay’s best teams – Nacional vs Atlético Madrid / Source

Football games in Uruguay – Primera división 2017

If you go to Uruguay, you should go and see a game in the Uruguayan First League, “la Primera División Uruguaya”. Discover teams such as Peñarol or Nacional and enjoy the best of the Uruguayan football.

Week Date Time Game
Week 7 19/03 5:00 PM Peñarol – Rampla Juniors
Week 7 19/03 5:00 PM El Tanque Sisley – Nacional
Week 8 26/03 4:00 PM Defensor Sporting – Peñarol
Week 8 26/03 4:00 PM Nacional – Liverpool
Week 9 04/04 Uncommunicated Peñarol – Nacional
Week 10 09/04 4:00 PM Juventud – Peñarol
Week 10 09/04 4:00 PM Nacional – Wanderers
Week 11 16/04 4:00 PM Peñarol – Danubio
Week 11 16/04 4:00 PM Cerro – Nacional
Week 12 23/04 4:00 PM Fénix – Nacional
Week 12 23/04 4:00 PM Plaza Colonial – Peñarol
Week 13 30/04 4:00 PM Peñarol – River Plate
Week 13 30/04 4:00 PM Nacional – Rampla Juniors
Week 14 07/05 4:00 PM Defensor Sporting – Nacional
Week 14 07/05 4:00 PM Peñarol – Cerro
Week 15 14/05 4:00 PM Peñarol – Nacional

The dates and times may change

One of the most beautiful aspects of travelling South America is being integrated into the local culture, and to do so there is nothing better than attending a football game. Go to the pitch and live the passion of the South American football. You cannot miss this unique experience during your trip to South America.

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Best beaches in Uruguay Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:00:44 +0000 From the oceanic beaches of the Rocha region to the calm waters of the River Plate, Uruguay has about 600 kilometers of coast – making it the ideal destination for a road trip through some of its main cities and seaside resorts. We now offer you a route beginning in Brazil, at the border town [...]

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From the oceanic beaches of the Rocha region to the calm waters of the River Plate, Uruguay has about 600 kilometers of coast – making it the ideal destination for a road trip through some of its main cities and seaside resorts. We now offer you a route beginning in Brazil, at the border town of El Chuy and finishing at Colonia del Sacramento, from where you can get to Buenos Aires in less than an hour by boat. Get ready to discover the best beaches in Uruguay!

Punta del Este. Best beaches in UruguayWith its 600 kms of coast and some of the best beaches in the world, Uruguay will satisfy every kind of customer. / Picture: Carina Fossati

Santa Teresa

Rocha Department, Ruta 9, km 302

If you love camping and nature, the National Park San Teresa is the place for you to go: three thousand hectares next to the sea and one of the most well-preserved and beautiful colonial fortresses in the country (built in the mid-18th century). The beaches are situated two kilometres inland – where you can rent a cabin, go to a hostel or to the camping site.

Entering the National Park is free for any one-day visitor who comes to enjoy the beaches and have an “asado” at one of their public barbecues. However, if you want to spend the night you must register at the reception and pay the corresponding price. La Fortaleza opens from 10am to 7pm during the high season and from 10am to 5pm during the low season. The entrance fee is 40 Uruguayan pesos (one dollar and a half) per person.

Colonial Fortress of Santa TeresaDiscover the amazing colonial fortresses of Santa Teresa / Picture : Carina Fossati

Punta del Diablo

Rocha Department, Ruta 9 km 298

This seaside resort was created in the 1930s and until recently had been known for being a fishing village, however,  when it was discovered by the tourism industry it transformed into one of the favourite summer destinations for young Uruguayans during the high season. However, during the winter only 800 people live there (according to the 2011 census); that’s why this place keeps its authenticity. There are three beaches in its 10 kilometers of coast – and they are definitely some of Uruguay’s best beaches, such as the Los Pescadores beach, in the center. This is the most familiar, characterised by its colourful and hand-made fishing boats approaching sure in order to offer the fish of the day to the tourists. The two other beaches are the Playa de la Viuda at the southwest and the Rivero beach, at the northeast.

Best beaches in Uruguay: Punta del DiabloIn the Los Pescadores Beach you will find traditional and colourful fishing boats / Picture: Carina Fossati


Rocha Department, Ruta 10, km 271.5

Barra de Valizas, a small fishing village surrounded by high dunes, known “hippie” beach in Uruguay, often a favourite spot for musicians and craftsmen. Among other things, if the water is clear enough, divers can visit a few shipwrecks. One of the traditional activities would be taking a stroll through the dunes up to Cabo Polonio (about eight kilometers long). Following the coast will take a little more time, but you will observe the wreck of Don Guillermo, a US marine boat that got stranded in the 50s.

Cabo Polonio

Rocha Departement, Ruta 10, km 264,5

This resort does not have electric light or tarmac streets. It isn’t accessible from the road either – you can only come in through the Terminal Puerta del Polonia going through seven kilometers of woods and dune in a 4×4 truck until you get to the resort. The only people allowed to enter with their own vehicles ar Cabo Polonio’s residents – and the difficulty to access this place also guarantees that it will be preserved as a spot with unique characteristics, only comparable to Jericoacoara in Northeastern Brazil. You have some of the best beaches in Uruguay there, however its biggest asset is the night, when the only light source apart from the moon and the stars is the lighthouse of Punta del Cabo (and the candles and lanterns of the locals).

Travelling tip: if you are in Punta del Este and don’t want to miss the incredible experience of knowing this place, reserve online the Cabo Polonio and Mount Ombúes Tour and fully enjoy your journey.

Cabo Polonio Lighthouse is one of the must-see places if you go the beaches in Uruguay / Source

La Pedrera

Rocha Department, Ruta 10, km 228.5

This is an ideal destination if you do not want rent a car since you can access the beach (El Desplayado and El Barco) on foot from any hostel, hotel or cabin walking from any hotel, hostel or cabin. You can also walk to the beach from the centre where you’ll find pubs, restaurants and shops on the high street.  Even though this is one of the favourite places for youngsters, families love it too – except during the Carnivals, they prefer to get away from the very loud music that lasts until morning.

About 10 kilometers away is La Paloma, a seaside resort that welcomes families and groups of youngsters during the high season and has more infrastructure and hence more services. La Balconada, one of the best beaches in Uruguay, is known as one of the ideal locations to watch the sunset since it seems like the sun is diving directly into sea.

Punta del Este

Maldonado Department, Ruta Interbalnearia, km 132

Punta del Este is one of the most exclusive resorts in Latin America, the favourite luxury destination within River Plate region and also a known getaway for North American celebrities and European royalties. If you want a beach and some Miami-looking buildings you can stay i. the Península – home to the famous high street, Gorlero. Just a block away you’ll find the famous “Calle 20”, headquarters of one of the most exclusive brands. Some will choose the hippie but chic style that you can find in La Barra, Manantiales and José Ignacio. However, you must know that the best sunsets are at Portezuela and Solanas, where the artist Páez Vilaró created its famous hotel, restaurant and museum: Casapueblo. Do not miss the port in this seaside town, situated at the Península and if you have time, take a ferry to spend the day at Gorriti Island.

Travelling tip: Enjoy the Sunset at Casapueblo from another perspective and find extraordinary experiences of Punta del Este, one of the best beaches in Uruguay, in this catalog.

O Que Fazer em Punta del Este / Uruguay4uPunta del Este is one of the most exclusive resorts and one of the best beaches in Uruguay and Latin Americaa / Source


Maldonado Department, Ruta Interbalnearia, km 82

This is a quiet and familiar middle class seaside resort where you can find a colourful promenade surrounded by some hills – which is unusual for the mostly flat Uruguayan coast. Using some chairlifts on the coast, you will be able to go up the hills, an ideal spot to take panoramic pictures; single people can go to the sanctuary of San Antonio, known to help match couples. Four kilometers from there is the Pan de Azúcar hill, at 389 meters altitude this is the highest hill in the country – you can see it from very far since there is a 35 meters concrete crucifix on top. There are some tracks you can use to walk to the top and also a seven-hectar natural reserve, the autochthonous fauna breeding Station of Cerro Pan de Azúcar, includes Pampas deers, wild cats and capybaras. A few years ago an Adventure EcoPark has was created in addition, it offers activities such as a canopy tour, trekking, falconry, climbing and absailing. Another recommended stroll is through Piria Castle, that once belonged to the businessman Francisco Piria (1847 – 1933), founder of the seaside resort. Even though it was not very well conserved, it is still worth a visit in order to discover the symbols that masons and alchemists during the construction.


Montevideo Department, km 0 of the country

Even though the River Plate washes these coasts, Montevideo beaches are characterised by being surrounded by a 22 kilometers seaside promenade on which you can walk, cycle or drive. This is the favourite place of the people from Montevideo to go for a stroll, a run or to sit down for a chat or enjoying a “mate”, a sort of herbal tea that they share in group, almost as a ritual.

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Montevideo - Guía de Playas en UruguayWalk through the seaside promenade of Montevideo and enjoy the nights in Uruguay / Picture: Carina Fossati

Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia Department, Road 1, km 176

Its historic center still has narrow cobbled streets with some Spanish and Portuguese constructions from colonial times (it was founded in 1680 by Portugal, which makes it the first and oldest uruguayan city). But a visit cannot be considered complete if you haven’t watched the sunset on its coast: yellow, orange, red and purple colours merging in a way you will not see anywhere else in this country. Do not forget to charge your camera’s batteries. The town next to it, Nueva Helvecio, is in the same region but 58 kilometers away. It also deserves a visit: this is the only Swiss colony of Uruguay and you can see houses and public spaces decorated with the coats of arms of the locals, giving the town some unique characteristics.

Travelling tip: Explore the charms of this enchanting city with those tours at Colonia del Sacramento.

Colonia del SacramentoTake a stroll through the historic center of Colonia and explore its narrow stone streets / Picture: Carina Fossati


– If you want to enjoy the best beaches in Uruguay and the water, we suggest you to make your trip between mid-spring and the beginning of autumn (September to early April). If you like an exciting atmosphere, night and noise, then the last week of December, the first two weeks of January and carnival week will be the perfect time for you. On the other hand, if what you want is a quiet, family-friendly environment and cheaper prices go at any other time of the year. This does not include Montevideo because January is the city’s quietest month, and a lot of businesses, restaurants as well as bars and night clubs close during the holidays.

In Uruguay they eat later than in most parts of the world and their perception of time is even more relaxed during the summer. The secret to survive the long delay between lunch and dinner, which can be between 10pm and midnight, is taking advantage of the “merienda”: maté, tea or coffee with “bizcochos”, a speciality similar to croissants that you can get alone or filled with cheese, ham, jelly or dulce de leche. On the good days the Uruguayans like to have a “merienda” on the beaches, promenades, parks or squares. When it rains, above all in the small towns or in the center of the country, you can find street stalls with fritters. Another secret in order to stay awake until midnight, is the siesta, a habit for many Uruguayans during holidays or weekends. In the interior of the country and in the villages many shops close from midday until 2pm so that the owners can lunch with their family and rest.

Discover the best beaches in Uruguay and all its coast has to offer and make the memories of a lifetime in this wonderful South American country. If you are already convinced and want to begin planning your itinerary, here you can find a few Tips to travel in Uruguay. If you also want to know what the unmissable activities are if you go to Uruguay, go to the tours catalog of Uruguay4u to find valuable information to help you choose the trip that suits you best.

By Carina Fossati, journalist and author on the Hills to Heels blog ( / Translated by: Grégory Noël

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