Guru’Guay Guide to Montevideo

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The only guide to Montevideo, Uruguay, written by an author resident in Uruguay. With the end of the pandemic in sight, we reviewed our guide and thanks to our careful selections, can confirm our guide is still the best at finding the gems. The beauty of buying a guidebook by a local. Mentioned in the New York Times, BBC, National Geographic, Le Figaro, Decanter and more.

Following rave reviews for its debut, this second edition was sponsored by the Uruguay Ministry of Tourism and the government of Montevideo—and is indispensable for getting the most out of Uruguay’s capital as a visitor or expat.

Forget those guides with dry laundry lists of things to do. The Guru’Guay guides have passion and soul.

Formats and editions: Paperback, Kindle & Audiobook

$19.99 + VAT


This the only travel guide to Montevideo, capital of Uruguay, written by an author who actually lives in Uruguay. The Guru’Guay Guide to Montevideo goes in-depth on:


  • history How did this tiny country get to be so progressive? Your burning questions answered.
  • the Uruguayan character, a chapter of entirely personal anecdotes from presidents to petty thieves
  • expressions used on the street and what they mean
  • films to watch, albums to listen to and books to read before you come


  • 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
  • restaurants The best place for beef as well as great options for vegetarians and vegans
  • historic cafes The most charming and the most gritty


  • 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 Lucia wetlands
  • architectural highlights in 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. A guidebook that helps you with this thankless task
  • why Carnival in Montevideo is unique Where and when to track down the best (and worst) of carnival, including off-season
  • tango Tango is something the locals do, it’s not “for export”
  • 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 A candid look at airlines to choose and avoid
  • getting to Montevideo from Buenos Aires The fastest, cheapest and most leisurely routes
  • best times to visit and how long to stay Insights only a long-term resident can give
  • public holidays and festivals you must not miss, like the Sea Goddess celebrations
  • best neighbourhoods to stay based on your personal preferences
  • architecturally-lovely accommodation
  • personal safety Dispelling myths and tips specific to neighbourhoods
  • getting around on public transport like a local
  • driving and car rental The logic to 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

Travel Montevideo with The Guru’Guay Guide to Montevideo.

3 reviews for Guru’Guay Guide to Montevideo

  1. Jess

    We used this guide to plan our trip to Uruguay and it was so incredibly helpful! You don’t get these kind of tips from anyone but a local! It also helped me fall in love with Uruguay before I’d even arrived – thank you!

    • Karen A Higgs

      Jess, thank you SO much for the lovely review. You’re right – this kind of details is only possible when you’ve lived for decades in a place!~ So happy it made you fall in love — Karen

  2. Daniel Schreiber

    Preparing for our first trip to Montevideo this book is perfect. It is easy to read, practical, and well organized. My youngest child immediately started annotating all the things they want to do when we visit (they are dying to try mate). The book is packed with good information and I’m happy that we have it to guide us when we arrive.

  3. Brenda

    Loved this guidebook, so many insider tips and recommendations! Read it like a novel and can’t wait to put those tips in use!!

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