After landing in Uruguay (and spending 11 hours sleeping off jet lag), we were looking forward to seeing the Montevideo sights. We set out on foot to explore the Centro and found seven sights.
Love Locks Fountain
Heading west on Avenue 18 de Julio, we immediately stumbled onto the Montevideo Love Locks Fountain – Lovers write their initials on a padlock and lock it to the fountain and, it is said, their love will be “forever locked.”
The buzzing Avenue 18 de Julio is full of people, buses, stores and numerous plazas where locals were lounging on benches reading books and sipping the favorite, local drink, Mate. The broad Plaza Independencia was rather stark, except for the enormous statue of Jose Artigas, who is credited with liberating Uruguay in the early 1800s.
More than just a statue, below is a mausoleum containing the remains of Artigas, which are guarded by soldiers.
One building on the square that caught our eye was the 26-story Palacio Salvo, which – as hard as it is to believe – was at one time the tallest building in South America.
As soon as I saw Plaza Constitucion, I fell in love. Full of charm, families and outdoor cafes, it practically invited us to sit down for an afternoon beer.
Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral
But, instead, we continued on to the Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral at the west end of the Plaza Constitucion to light a candle for grandma.
Rio de la Plata and Rambla
We caught a glimpse of the Rio De La Plata to the south and headed that way for a stroll along the Rambla. Now it was time for that cervesa.
Our top tips for your trip to Montevideo:
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Before You Go
- Don’t forget to pack a pair of lightweight and comfortable walking shoes. I (Sarah) have traveled with these shoes by Columbia, Skechers and Reef. Kris prefers wearing these shoes by Merrell and Sanuk.
- We’re certain you’ll be snapping tons of photos during your trip. Rather than relying on your mobile phone to capture the sights, upgrade to an actual camera for higher quality photos. We travel with a Canon Rebel (which takes amazing photos, but can be a bit clunky) and a Canon PowerShot ELPH (which takes beautiful pictures, is slim and lightweight – and the new models are wifi enabled so you can share your trip pics to social media in real time!).
- It’s easy to get turned around or lost in any new city! Be sure to have a good city map prior to arriving.
- We think travel insurance is essential! If you haven’t already obtained travel insurance for your trip, travel protected with World Nomads.
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