In the middle of the 19th centuries, the town began to expand eastwards towards what is now known as Centro. Dismantling the old fortress, which once marked the east border of the old town, made it possible to build today's Plaza Independencia. Finally, the Boulevard Artigas was constructed around the Centro, but as early as 1910 suburban areas developed, which were later incorporated into the town.
The Carrasco International Airports (IATA: MVD) is located about 15 km eastern of the centre of the city, in the suburbs of Carrasco in the département of Canelones. It is connected to the centre of the town via four-lane split main highways. UYU1500 or USD70 is the cost of the air charter to the centre; the measured and pre-paid rates are about the same as in September 2012.
On week days you can take the regular wireless taxis from the town to the airports for about 800UU, but be cautious, as some taxis require additional transportation for your bags and the other issue is that the cars are small because you use a safety umbrella between the front and back.
The Montevideo is linked to Buenos Aires by a direct connection via Buquebus operating 2 hours single ticket passenger boat services. Ciudad Vieja, in the Montevideo neighbourhood, is very near the city centre. The independent operation of the Montevideo-Colonia-Buenos Aires line is simple and straightforward.
In Colonia, the Colonia Central Station is next to the Colonia Passenger Car and there are hourly busses to Montevideo Tres Cruces Airport (270 UYU or 10 US$, 2-3 hrs Directo/Express and 3 hrs Parador/Normal). The old city of Colonia is within easy reach of the local coach and boat terminals, which can be easily reached in just a few minutes.
Direkto (no bus stop, 150 minute journey) and Parador (bus stop in all cities, duration over 3 hours). The hourly sailings carried out by COP and COT take about 2hrs. There are two ways for those departing from Porto Alegre, Brazil: one via Chuí to Uruguay and another via Jaguarão.
If you want to see Chuí, the most southern town in Brazil, or Santa Teresa Fortress, or even the lovely Uruguayan coastal beach, take the BR-392 to Rio Grande at Pelotas and then the BR-471 to Chuí. The journey from Porto Alegre to Chuí lasts about 6h30.
One possibility is an overnight in Punta del Diablo if you are too weary to continue to Montevideo. Coming from Chuí to Montevideo, just follow road 9. It''ll take about four and a half hour. There are also 3 toll fees between Chuí and Montevideo, each costing 60.00 UYU.
It is strongly advised, however, to use pesos in Uruguay, as they cost much more if you are paying in either Dolar or Royal. For the quickest way to Montevideo (about 2 hrs less than the first), you should pass the Jaguarão frontier. In order to get to this town, just follow the BR-116 from there.
Then take itinerary 8 to Montevideo. It is not a big town and has a very effective transport system, so it is not hard to get around. Montevideo bus and Cómo ir. Apart from being a full-fledged shopping center, it offers businesses with fully equiped coaches that can take you anywhere in Uruguay and even to neighbouring states.
Await UYU $376. 00 one way to Colonia, approximately 2 to 3hrs. Every destination, timetable and lesson is available online. Every coach from the Montevideo International Park reaches Tres Cruces in about half an hour and costs 56 people. There are plenty of cabs, but not too inexpensive (petrol is quite high in Uruguay).
Renting a vehicle is less expensive if you book it in advance, but note that places like the airports and shipping terminals require higher prices than the same agents elsewhere in the town. Montevideo is not too hard to drive, especially for European or third-world travellers who don't have a tight track control and many round-abouts.
Montevideo's off-peak highway is surprisingly low, and even during peak hours it is relatively good in comparison to e.g. similarly sized towns in the Americas. It' not too difficult to find a car park in most places in Montevideo. From Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., a car park system "Estacionmento Tarifa" is available in large parts of Ciudad Vieja and the Centro.
From the beginning of 2016, prices on the Plaza Independencia (Downtown/Ciudad Vieja) will be about one US dollar per hour. 2. It is not a big town and many of the sights can be seen on several occasions because they are bundled. Vieja Ciudad - The old town of Montevideo. Entering the Puerta de la Ciudadela at one end of the Plaza de Independencia.
The Plaza de Independencia - The place at the end of the 18th Julio Ave. the latter being the town' s major traffic thoroughfare. Salvo Palace - Next to the Plaza Independencia. The Palacio Salvo, once the highest edifice in South America, still predominates the Montevideo skies. Mausoleo de Artigas - This great memorial in the Plaza de Independencia commemorates José Gervasio Artigas, one of the great Uruguayan nationalists.
Built in 2005, the Memorial to Gender Equality is situated in Policia Vieja St., between Plaza de la Constitución and Plaza Independencia. Montevideo is for the esteem of all identity and sex orientation". It is the first memorial in South America devoted to sex variety. On the last Saturday of September (or early October), all the historic sites and places of interest around the Plaza de Independencia are open to the general public free of charge.
It also has a large "Murga" or customary Latin America march in which all of Uruguay's major politicians participate. The Palacio Legislativo - this is the first of its kind in Latin America and a symbolic document of the long-lasting democratic process at Uruguay´s This is the ancient fortress from which Montevideo was born.
Every morning during the midday break the Hauptmarkt is open. Montevideo Intendencia - Town Council of Montevideo, with a free roof patio overlooking the town. The Rambla is 22 kilometres long and runs along the promenade of Montevideo. From the Rambla at Punta Trouville, go from the Rambla at 21 de Septembre St. about 7 or 8 block to Ellauri street, then turn off to your right and another 4 block to Punta Carretas Shoppingmall, a large commercial centre erected on the ruins of a jail (they kept the jail history inside the building).
Hiking - Montevideo is a relatively secure place. Ciudad Vieja is located on a light hillside with a vertebral column that stretches into the Rio de la Plata to form the point that was the ancient town. Starting from the square of la Independencia, the principal road to the west of the square is 18 de Julio Ave.
Portions of the town may seem run-down, but don't mistake it for a poor neighbourhood. This is one of the few towns in South America, apart from Buenos Aires, where there is not too much impoverishment. However, there is not enough cash in Uruguay to build many new, contemporary houses, so the houses will be used for a long while.
Sightseeing tour of Montevideo - Regular or personal sightseeing tour around Montevideo or visit to vineyards, Punta del Este or Colonia del Sacramento. The Montevideo Tannery, Plaza Independencia 832, + 598 2 908-9541. There is a large selection of clothing available at competitive rates and the company offers tailor-made clothing within 24h.
Business hours: Uruguay Manos - Several sites throughout Montevideo, one of which is in the Punta Carretas Malls. The Punta Carretas Shoppingmall - A large shoppingmall in a former jail where the army government tortured dissenters. At the moment it is the highest quality commercial centre in Uruguay (although still small by US standards) and has several shops for cosmopolitan fashions.
The Montevideo Shoppingmall - Another large contemporary commercial centre in the Pocitos district of Montevideo. Montevideo is not the big capitol of a small nation that is not often found in the global press, and although it is not a global centre of culinary excellence, it is a wonderful place to dine at relatively low prices, with a lot of locality (no, it is not the same as Argentina ), but not too much too tropical for most palates.
Meat- Uruguay is known for its flesh, and Montevideo has many pararillas where they are barbecued to perfect sorts. Though both Uruguay and Argentina are major importers of processed and processed products, especially veal, and their products are known for their high level of production and production, they still keep the best for themselves and are at the same time master grillers.
Chivito Marcos is one of the best places in Montevideo to get these delicious delicacies, as are La Mole and some Carritos. Milanese - similar to the Wiener Schnitzel, this is a widespread type of beef in South America, also in Uruguay. Deserts - In Uruguay the deserts are enormous and abundant.
Around Montevideo there are pizzerias. The majority make quadratic shaped pieces, a tradition in Uruguay. The Uruguayan milk sector is traditionally and strongly dairy-based, and although the cultivars are mostly the better known ones in Europe, such as Moszarella, Gouda or Parmesan, the qualities are generally excellent. Spend an afternoon coffee or a homemade dinner (always vegetarian) in this one-of-a-kind Rotiserie culture in the heart of the town.
Cafe Bacacay  - very near the Plaza de la Independencia, directly opposite the Teatro Solis and open all morning for a cup of tea or a snack, this café/restaurant serves a wide range of very tasty meals, from local to innovating cooking. The Pasiva - This group of restaurants can be found all over the town, specialising in beers, dog food and wine.
Ciudad Vieja - Classic Corte style eatery (no fastfood ) with nice decoration and good cuisine. Mount Cristo - Set in Pocitos, this Pocitos based hotel serves original cuisine in a castle-like setting that was once the home of an allchimist. Cafés on the walkway - In the town centre there are numerous cafés along the footpaths leading to Ciudad Vieja.
Cro - Regarded as the best Montevideo dining establishment, with a good tasting of Uruguayan new cuisine. Pepperone - With multiple sites in the town, a good choice for anyone looking for a flavor of an american warp. Maté - Distinct "MAH-tay", this tradition heat brew is omnipresent and can be found everywhere in Uruguay. Maté is obtained from the dry cabbage of the same name (yerba mate), which was initially used by the native Guaraní from the southeast of South America.
In Montevideo, most Montevideo residents choose to consume their Montevideo maté without sugars, known as maté amorgo ("bitter maté", although much less than the name suggests). The Salus is a type of sparkling wine produced in Uruguay. Some years ago, a new surge of artisanal pubs conquered the town with a large variety of locally produced small-scale brews.
Beautiful HI-hostel near the centre. Hostel Ciudad Vieja, Ituzaingó 1436, +598 2 915-6192. Situated near the historic centre of the town and in the midst of Montevideo's night life. Situated near the Plaza de Independencia and the Teatro Solis. Within easy reach of Plaza Independencia and Ciudad Vieja.
Montevideo, Calle La Cumparsita 1473, +598 2 413-7000 (Fax: +598 2 413. 6245, E-Mail: ). Radisson, Plaza Independencia 759, +598 2 902-0111 (Fax: +598 2 902-1628, E-Mail: ). Situated in the centre of the Montevideo finance and business area. Facilities included a swimming pool, fitness studio, high-speed web access and a view of the town from the Arcadia restaurant on the twenty-fifth Floor.
Our proprietors specialize in guiding our customers into the town with a personal check-in, hand-outs and recommended actions on a day-to-day basis. Located near the Ciudad Vieja with view of the Rambla. This is a great opportunity to leave the loud old town and enjoy a while of relaxation. 2 hour drive by coach.
The Punta del Este - South America's most stylish and demanding seaside town, busy and visited by the wealthy and celebrities from all over the globe in the summers (November-February), calm and at other seasons of the year almost abandoned, but always lovely. Approximately two hrs from Montevideo, with good accessibility and regular coach services.
An hour and a half from Montevideo. It' too far from Montevideo for a full days excursion.