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How to Spend 3 Days in Montevideo

How to Spend 3 Days in Montevideo

Uruguay may be small but it’s still packed with culture, history, and activities. You’ll find most of the action in the capital of Montevideo, which is home to castles, museums, art galleries, parks, and wineries. Here’s how to make the most of three days in Montevideo. 

Day 1: Discover the Historic Center

Plaza Independencia is the gateway to the city; its home to both the Estévez Palace; Executive Tower; Solis Theater; Palacio Salvo; and a statue of José Gervasio Artigas, Uruguay’s national hero. Also nearby is the Old Town, home to historic buildings, cobbled streets, and Mercado del Puerto, a great spot for lunch. Visit all of these must-see attractions and more on a tour that transports you by bus, bike, or foot—tours ensure you don’t miss out on important historical and cultural context, while some private tours can be specially tailored to your particular interests. Another good option for independent travelers is a hop-on hop-off bus tour, which allows you to create your own sightseeing itinerary. 

In the evening, soak up the culture of Uruguay’s most famous export, tango, with a dinner-and-show package. Opting for a combo bundle saves you the hassle of making separate reservations.

Day 2: Discover the Region’s wine country

Long in the shadow of its Argentine neighbors, Uruguayan wine is gaining popularity. Learn more about Tannat wine and sample varietals you may not have heard of on a tour of a family-run winery. You can also visit Bodega Bouza—a French chateau-style winery built in 1942 that offers wine tasting accompanied by cold meats and cheeses—which is home to a classic car collection. A little farther north, in Canelones, you’ll find the well-known wineries of Ariano Hermanos and Juanico Winery, one of the country’s largest wineries. Some guided tours from Montevideo visit more than one winery and include lunch for a great value package. Taking a tour lets you avoid the hassle of driving, leaving you free to indulge in great wine.

Day 3: Explore Punta del Este

On your third day, swap the city streets for the glitzy coastal resort town of Punta del Este, which is a scenic 2-hour drive east. Day trips from Montevideo typically cover the Mediterranean-style villa and art gallery of Casa Pueblo, which was designed by Uruguayan painter and sculpture Carlos Páez Vilaró; the fishing town of La Barra del Maldonado; and the beaches of Playa Mansa and Playa Brava—the latter best-known for its famous sculpture, by Chilean artist Mario Irarrázaba, of five fingers emerging from the sand. Day tours from Montevideo typically include hotel pickup and drop-off, and let you skip the hassle of navigation and car hire. 

Back in the capital, head back to Ciudad Vieja for dinner. Options include Café Brasilero, which has been serving meals since 1887, and La Pasionaria, a clothing and arts and crafts store with attached café known for its vegetarian and vegan dishes.

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Bouza Winery Lunch (Esp, Eng, Port)

Bouza Winery Lunch (Esp, Eng, Port)

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Get a taste of the Uruguayan wine region and production methods on this tour from Montevideo. Skip the hassle of renting a car or choosing a designated sober driver with round-trip transportation provided, as well as hotel pickup and drop-off. Explore the winery with the commentary of a guide, then taste four different varietals, followed by a vineyard lunch.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$110.00
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The Best Punta del Este Day Trip from Montevideo

The Best Punta del Este Day Trip from Montevideo

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Swap the Uruguayan capital for the coastal resort town of Punta del Este. This guided day trip from Montevideo covers main attractions including the Mediterranean-style villa and art gallery of Casa Pueblo. See the fishing town of La Barra del Maldonado, and visit Playa Mansa and Playa Brava, known for its famous sculpture of fingers emerging from the sand.
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  • 10 hours
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$48.00
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Tourist Bus Montevideo Hop On - Hop Off

Tourist Bus Montevideo Hop On - Hop Off

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Tourist Bus "Discover Montevideo" is the only Hop On - Hop Off of the city. Its modality allows you to make a tour of two hours, visiting the great attractions of the city, and gives you the opportunity to descend in those that you would like to know a little more, then go back up and continue with the tour. The tour and the audio guide were carefully programmed so that you get to know our city as if it were yours. Every corner of Montevideo has a secret to tell, it is our goal that you can, together with us, go revealing them.
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  • 2 hours
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The Best Montevideo City Tour

The Best Montevideo City Tour

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Get an introduction to Montevideo, the capital city of Uruguay, on a 3-hour city sightseeing tour — perfect for those short on time. Travel by coach with your knowledgeable guide, and step off the bus to view prominent landmarks around Independence Plaza and other city hot spots. See Parliament Palace; venture into the residential barrios of Carrasco, Punta Gorda and Pocitos; and stroll along the coastal avenue, Rambla of Montevideo. Round-trip hotel transport included.
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  • 3 hours
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Visit 2 Wineries with The Wine Experience

Visit 2 Wineries with The Wine Experience

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Head to the countryside for a private wine tasting tour from Montevideo. Visit two separate wineries to learn about the local winemaking process, explore each property and sample 10 different wines including Albariño, a white varietal. Snack on goodies like cheese, nuts and grapes, enjoy exquisite vineyard views and imbibe freely (a driver will assure you get to and from your hotel safely) along the way.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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The best Montevideo Dinner Show. Tango and Candombe.

The best Montevideo Dinner Show. Tango and Candombe.

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Enjoy a night out in Montevideo with a dinner and dance show. Watch in amazement as professional dancers perform an array of Uruguayan dance including tango, candombe and milonga. Attentive staff serve your meal straight to your stage-side table so you can dine while watching the entertainment. Enjoy traditional Uruguayan dishes and dessert accompanied by wine — it’s the perfect introduction to Uruguay!
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  • 4 hours
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Guided Private Wine Tour with Tasting and Lunch

Guided Private Wine Tour with Tasting and Lunch

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Although it may not jump to mind as a premier destination for wine, Uruguay boasts a long and proud history of family-farmed vineyards and wines crafted in the European tradition. Visit a local family vineyard and taste five wines, including the regional specialty of tannat, on this private 4-hour tour from Montevideo. This tour can be curated to suit your cruise or vacation schedule and includes transportation, a vineyard tour, wine tastings, and lunch.
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  • 4 hours
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Wine Lovers - Tannat Wine Experience from Montevideo

Wine Lovers - Tannat Wine Experience from Montevideo

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Tour a small family-run winery outside Montevideo on this intimate guided tour, which includes wine tastings and homemade empanadas. Learn about Tannat wine, considered the national grape of Uruguay, and sample distinct varietals from the 100-year-old vineyard. A professional sommelier guide will help you hone your palette, and round-trip transportation from your hotel in Montevideo ensures a seamless tour experience.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Urban Bike Rental in Montevideo

Urban Bike Rental in Montevideo

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Ride around Montevideo like a local—on a bicycle—during this day-long independent tour. The city is yours to explore and get lost in with this bike rental, including helmet and lock. Choose your own itinerary with input from the bike shop on where to go and what to see, then spend the entire rental period exploring the Uruguayan capital.
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  • 2 to 8 hours
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