Wanderlist Discover: Montevideo, Uruguay
A former Spanish garrison town, Montevideo rose to prominence as the capital of Uruguay, once it had gained independence. Today, Montevideo is one of the busiest and most happening cities in the country, with a vibrant social and cultural atmosphere. The city is rated the highest for quality of life in Latin and South America, and the reason is clear anywhere you go. The city is a bustling metro, and one of the most crucial commercial and educational hubs in the country.
But the city has so much more to offer than just commerce and education. The city is rich with artists, writers and dancers, that give the city an aura of romance and passion. And talking of passion, Montevideo takes the dance of passion - the tango - quite seriously. There are several tango bars in the city, that are a throwback to the golden age of tango, confirming the notion that Montevideo can easily compete with Beunos Aires for the title of ‘Tango-polis’.
A COUPLE OF ACTIVITIES YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS
- Museo del Tango La Cumparsita : One of the top sights in the city, the Museum was opened to commeroate the 100 years of La Cumparsita tango. The museum has an interactive feature which allows you to listen to the different variations of the song from different parts of the world. On display are also several original sheets of music, gramophones and other memorabilia from an era long gone.
- Catch a musical at the Auditorio del Sodre : The closest you can get to Broadway in Montevideo, the Audiotorio del Sodre is the place you must visit to catch the best ballet or operas in South America. Some of the best South American ballet and dance troupes perform here regularly, and this place is a must, for all music lovers.
- Dance the Candombe : Originally, a musical and dance performance, the Candombe was brought to South America by African slaves, and is still popular today. Declared as a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, people can enjoy this dance on most Sunday evenings in the Palermo district.
Best Time To Go: March to May, September to November
The off-season months of March to May, and then again September to November are the best time to visit Montevideo. The days are mild and nights are not too chilly, and most importantly, there is always something or the other going on in the city on the weekends.
Where in the world:
The Uruguayan capital of Montevideo is located on the southern coast of the country, on the northeastern bank of the Rio de la Plata.
Fun Fact: In 2017, Uruguayans celebrated the centenary of La Cumparsita, arguably the most famous tango of all times, which was composed by Montevidean Gerardo Matos Rodrigues. The city inaugurated a new Museum to honor the occassion.
- Language : Spanish.
- Currency : Uruguayan Peso (UYU); 1 USD equals about 28.41 UYU.
- How to Get Around : Montevideo is a fairly small city, and most of the attractions are located in the city centre. Walking is the best form of travel within the city. But if you like, you can even take a local bus to get from one end of the city to the next.
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