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The Guru’Guay Guide to Montevideo (digital)

(10 customer reviews)



NEW EDITION of Uruguay’s favourite guidebook. The Guru’Guay Guide to Montevideo is the only guide to Montevideo, capital of Uruguay, written by an author who actually lives in Uruguay and the difference to other commercial guides is palpable. Following rave reviews for its debut edition, this second edition has been honoured with sponsorship by the Uruguay Ministry of Tourism and the government of Montevideo—and is indispensable for anyone visiting Uruguay.

Features in-depth information on:

Society & Culture

  • History How did this tiny country get to be so progressive? Your burning questions answered.
  • The Uruguayan character, a chapter of entirely personal anecdotes that illustrate that Uruguayans (from presidents to petty thieves) are friendly and down-to-earth.
  • Expressions EVERYONE uses on the street and what they mean.
  • Films to watch, albums to listen to and books to read before you come.

Food & Drink

  • What time the locals eat and how Uruguayans survive through to a 10pm dinnertime.
  • Street food.
  • Wine and craft beer from Uruguay are winning prizes internationally. The guide points you to which to try and why.
  • Restaurants for people desperate for gourmet and veggie options.
  • Restaurants for wine-lovers.
  • Historic cafes The most charming, and the grittiest.

Things to do

  • Guided tours to wine, carnival and more.
  • Great day trips, from UNESCO heritage site Colonia de Sacramento, to glitzy Punta del Este, to the Santa Lucía wetlands.
  • Architectural highlights in possibly the city with the biggest concentration of Art-deco after New York.
  • Art museums and underground art coops.
  • Beaches including which of the 10 is best for children, windsurf and boat rental, etc.
  • Shopping and buying original gifts Really. Ever heard of a guidebook that helps you with this thankless task?
  • Shopping for wine-lovers Wow, right? Where to go to get expert advice and dah goods.
  • Why Carnival in Montevideo is so unique and where and when to track down the best (and worst) of carnival, even off-season.
  • Tango Here tango is something the locals do, it’s not “for export”. One milonga, or dance salon, even takes place in a living room.
  • The best live music and live acts that Montevideo has to offer Tiny Uruguay has a huge share of highly talented musicians. Pay under 10 USD to see a world-class band in a tiny cafe.
  • Gay Montevideo has a small but charming scene.


  • Flying into Uruguay, including a candid look at airlines to avoid.
  • Getting to (or from) Montevideo from Buenos Aires The fastest, cheapest and most leisurely route.
  • Best time to visit and how long to stay Insights only a long-term resident can give.
  • Public holidays when Montevideo pretty much shuts down, so it’s essential to know when they are and festivals you must not miss, like the mysterious Sea Goddess celebrations.
  • Best neighbourhoods to stay based on your personal preferences.
  • Architecturally-lovely accommodation Options for all pockets.
  • Personal safety Dispelling myths and tips specific to neighbourhoods.
  • Getting around on public transport like a local.
  • Driving and car rental The logic in seemingly erratic traffic patterns and driving habits.
  • Tipping demystified eg why you don’t tip taxi drivers but do tip street parking attendants.
  • Money exchange including troubleshooting ATM withdrawals.

Additional information

Digital Device:

Tablet & PC, Smart Phone, Kindle

10 reviews for The Guru’Guay Guide to Montevideo (digital)

  1. Margaret P.

    I wish this guidebook had been published when I visited Montevideo 16 years ago. Though I had a good time, I see now it could have been 10-times more fun. But I’m enjoying thinking about my next trip from my swivel chair at home because the book is so lively and personable, reading it is like making a new friend. I mean, this is the only guidebook you’ll find that uses rating categories of “Thumbs up!” “Mehhh” and “Mehhh antidote.” The author, Karen, defines what it means to be the hostess-with-the-mostess. The Live Music chapter includes lists of lesser-known artists who will “blow you away,” the popular and the off-the-beaten-track venues where they play, how to post a request for a reservation via FB, and exactly what to write in Spanish! She even tells you what albums to listen to before you arrive. Though a self-proclaimed “beer woman,” Karen still goes out of her way to appeal to wine-lovers like me, consulting real experts to list the best restaurants for wine lovers, 12 best budget wines, vineyard tours from “rustic” to “luxury”, and “great little wine stores.” The guidebook has advice about everything you would expect to see, from tips on getting to and from, weather and what to wear, where to stay, what to tip—it’s all in here, along with a good dose of humor and enticement to buy your tickets to Uruguay straight-away.

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  2. Catherine Barnes

    I’ve been battling an obsession with this small country squashed between Argentina and Brazil for a couple of years now. I started following Guru’guay on facebook, and I enjoyed the content so much that I decided to buy this guidebook even though I’m not sure when I’ll be able to travel to Montevideo. This book is full of helpful information about places to visit, things to do, and practical tips for making the most of your time in Uruguay (for example: she gives a great tip for how to stay up late to see concerts. I lived in Brazil for a year and struggled MIGHTILY with this…I wish I’d heard her suggestion sooner to save me the trouble!) I also have thoroughly enjoyed all of her music and film recommendations; I plan to start reading the suggested books next. In short – this book contains a wealth of knowledge – so even if a trip to Uruguay isn’t in your immediate plans, you will get a lot out of this book. Also, follow the Guru on facebook for continuing recommendations (especially the music ones…I can’t say enough good things about those) and a few good laughs. She is not kidding about this guidebook having passion and soul!

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  3. Tom B.

    The Guru’Guay guide MADE my trip to Montevideo. I was there for 5 weeks so I had a lot of time to try many of the recommendations in the book. The explanation of how to use the bus route website was invaluable. So was the insight into proper amounts to tip. I’m from the U.S. and would recommend this book strongly. Thanks Guru’Guay for the great background on the area, the spot-on restaurant reviews and the great advice for side trips.

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  4. Carol

    This books is great for the Montevideo traveler! There are good recommendations and helpful tips for getting around Uruguay. There aren’t many books about Uruguay so I felt like it was a score when I found this one. We used this book along with the Guru’guay guide to Uruguay to travel all around Uruguay.

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  5. Robert H. Englsih

    I love this guide! I am planning a trip to Montevideo in a couple of months. This guide covers just what I wanted to know in an appealing format!

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  6. LVMichael

    This book is one of the most researched and informative travel guides I think I have ever read! I’m now even more excited about my upcoming trip to Uruguay after reading this and the companion book “Guru’guay Guide to Uruguay“! Karen Higgs has obviously poured her heart and soul into informing the reader about everything anyone would ever want to know about this country, its people, its culture, where to stay, what to do! A must for any potential visitor!

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  7. Bronwyn Bagley

    A really good, easy to read guide to Montevideo. Our first time in Uruguay and travelling with no preconceived ideas or any personal word of mouth recommendation to Montevideo, this book gave a excellent tips and ideas on where to eat and off the beaten track places to visit. The information is current, which is a huge plus factor – nothing more annoying that outdated information in a guide book. Jacinta’s; Montevideo Wine Experience; Alma Historica Hotel; Mercado Del Puerto – all excellent and even better than in the book! Nothing is left out, we will be back.

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  8. M. Clapp

    When we travel, we are interested in experiencing the actual culture of the area, not just visiting tourist traps. This book allows you to do just that. Karen lives in Montevideo and has intimate, personal knowledge of the area, unlike other guide book authors who may have only visited for a few days. The recommendations are spot-on! We spent 2 weeks in Montevideo, ate the most delicious meals, drank amazing wines, and made many intimate friends – all based on the recommendations of the Guru’Guay. We could not have had a better guide!!

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  9. NancyinLA

    I took this book with us on a trip to Montevideo this fall, and it was great! We might not have gone to Andes plane crash museum, but this book said “if you go to only 1 museum, go to this”. So we did, and it was fantastic! Plus great advice on shopping and eating.

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  10. Stephanie Guinan

    Well laid out , local insights, well written with a bit of charm and humor. Not a dry, automated guidebook. Written from the heart, an ex-pat’s perspective and knowledge of an adopted home.

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