Montevideo is often overshadowed by Buenos Aires. With tons of culture and wonderful architecture but more laid-back and friendly, it’s time to experience the capital of Uruguay before it gets more well-known. Three well-travelled bloggers talk about what made them fall in love with South America’s still off-the-radar capital city. And share why Montevideo is well-worth visiting.
Want to learn more about Montevideo?
The Guru’Guay Guide to Montevideo is the first insider’s travel guide to Montevideo. As Montevideo is a city about which there’s very little written, especially in English and that’s current, you’ll be devouring its 140 pages.
What did you think about Montevideo?
Tell us below in the comments.
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so nice to read about Uruguay, many thanks for all the infos!
Unfortunately, I learned about your guid just to late – my husband, our daughter and I are already in Montevideo struggling hugely while trying to find a nice flat to rent… We do not speak any Spanish, so a local real estate agency could not help us either.
Our goal is to find a nice, tidy and quiet place, which would be easy to reach with a baby (she is only 6 months old) … We are desperate for any help and tips!
Many thanks in advance!
Hi Anastasia, welcome to Uruguay! There are real estate agents who speak English. You can find some listed in our free guide, the Guru’Guia, which you can download for free. For short-term furnished rentals, most people use Airbnb. I’ll also email you a contact. A big hug, Karen
Does the carnival take place on February 28- March 1 also?
Yes. Check out my piece on carnival dates. — Enjoy! Karen
Spent the Summer of (no, not “69”) 77’/‘78 in Monte & UR and came back last year – why did I wait so long?? It’s even more beautiful now! Visuals aside, it’s the Uruguayos and, of course, some of the “Nuveau Uruguayos” – hola Guru, hola Christina (Uruguay Auténtico) – who welcome you with open arms that make all the difference! Not to forget a magic evening at the “Montevideo Wine Experience” or the great folks at the “Hotel Fauna”, Jeronimo & Soledad…Hasta la vista!
Just downloaded my copy and studying it like a textbook.Great tips and insight.I will be in Uruguay for 3 months July-Sept staying with my first partner who is Uruguayan.He has a beautiful place and land in Piriápolis but we will be traveling around Uruguay and spending time in Montevideo his birthplace.My only concern is your comment about flying from EZE to MVD on Aerolíneas Argentinas. I will be flying from Taiwan via Tokyo via Atlanta to Buenos Aires to Montevideo.If the flight is delayed or cancelled I will most likely have a nervous breakdown after so many hours of flying and layovers.I originally booked via GRU but could never get a straight answer from GOL,the Brazilian Consulate or any other source of information if in-transit passengers who hold US passports require a visa. The answers range from yes to maybe to not sure to better safe than sorry if your flight misses your connection to no need if less than 12 or 8 or 6 hours layover. I never heard of needing a visa for in-transit passengers anywhere in the world but you never know.Hope I arrive safely anyway.
Hi Robert – sorry to have given you the heebie geebies!! I am sure you will be fine. And yes, in transit you will not need a visa. Glad you are enjoying the book and looking forward to your feedback! If you need a place to stay in Montevideo do look us up (beforehand, we don’t accept drop ins) http://www.casasarandi.com. We can point you in the direction of great music and culture! Safe – and hassle-free -travels!
Hi again and thank you for your reply,
I am enjoying it even sent a copy to my Uruguayan friends who live there with yellow indications of what I would like to accomplish during my 3 month stay.This will include applying for my temporary cédula for which I am gathering all the details and paperwork that I will need.During time spent in Montevideo will surely visit your lovely hotel to say hello.My friends have several apartments in Montevideo that they bought through the years so I am sure that I will be able to use one of them during my stay.
Excellent news! All the best, K