Destinations

Salto

city in Uruguay

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Paysandú

Paysandú is a city in the northern interior of Uruguay. The capital of Paysandú Department, it is located across the Uruguay River from Colón, Argentina.

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Cabo Polonio

human settlement

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Montevideo

capital city of Uruguay

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Colonia

Uruguayan city

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Central Interior (Uruguay)

The central interior of Uruguay includes the departments of Cerro Largo, Durazno, Flores, Florida, Lavalleja and Treinta y Tres. The Central Interior has rolling hills, cow country, lakes, history, a border with Brazil, and more—including lovely, quiet spots for a visit.

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Rio Grande do Sul

federated state of Brazil

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Atlantic Coast (Uruguay)

region of Urugauy

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Punta del Diablo

human settlement

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Piriapolis

city of Uruguay

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Punta del Este

city and resort on the Atlantic Coast in the Maldonado Department of southeastern Uruguay

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La Paloma

small city in the Rocha Department of southeastern Uruguay.

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Rivera

city in Uruguay

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Sights

Tacuarembó

town in Uruguay

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National Museum of Visual Arts (Uruguay)

National museum of modern Uruguayan art, exhibiting paintings. They have a permanent exhibition featuring works of Juan Blanes, Rafael Barradas, Pedro Figari and José Cuneo.

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Fray Bentos

capital city of the Río Negro Department, southwestern Uruguay

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Estadio Centenario

football stadium

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Palacio Legislativo (Uruguay)

National parliament, the first one in South America and an iconic symbol of Uruguay's long lasting democracy. The building was completed in 1925, inaugurated the same year to celebrate the centenary of the country's declaration of independence. It is a National Historic Landmark and quite impressive as it stands in the middle of a large square. It houses the legislature and the general assembly.

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Palacio Salvo

Eastern side of Plaza Independencia. Once South America's highest building, the 95-m-high Art Deco building Palacio Salvo still dominates Montevideo's skyline. In the past there used to be an observation deck that could be accessed for free.

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Solís Theatre

The main theater of Montevideo — consider going here if you want to see a theater performance. Also hosts a museum of its own history and is itself one of the old town's most iconic buildings.

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Montevideo Cabildo

During the Spanish rule in the early 19th century and the first decades of independence, El Cabildo was the parliament building. Later on various governmental departments were housed there, but since 1959 the building has been a museum, Museo Histórico Municipal, displaying the city governments archives.

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Obelisk of Montevideo

A 40-m-high obelisk that was built in 1930 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first Uruguayan constitution. The three statues next to the obelisk represent "law", "liberty" and "force".

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Punta Brava Lighthouse

On the southernmost peninsula of the city. You get to walk a bit to get there. For a small fee you can get up in the tower, but the view over the city across the small bay is good from the ground too. The peninsula seems to be a quite popular spot for hobby fishers.

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Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral

The Catholic cathedral of Montevideo and the seat of the archidiocese of Montevideo. The cathedral features beautiful artwork, among them the picture of Our Lady of the Thirty-Three, the patron saint of Uruguay. Mass at least one time per day, the schedule is posted outside the door so you can check the schedules in the case you want to attend one or if you want to have a closer look at the church without disturbing a ceremony.

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Telecommunications Tower

157 m high, this skyscraper is Uruguay's highest building. There's a viewing platform and even free guided tours (in Spanish).

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Estévez Palace

The Palacio Estévez was the office building of Uruguayan presidents until 1985. Today it is a museum of the Uruguayan presidency.

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Executive Tower, Montevideo

The current presidential office, next to the former. The Executive Tower was first planned as a courthouse in the 1960s, the project was halted several times until the house was finalized as the presidential office in 2009.

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Holocaust Memorial, Montevideo

A work of contemporary art at the beach in Punta Carretas. It's intended to be experienced by walking through it from northwest to southeast.

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Central Cemetery of Montevideo

A historic cemetery with sculptures. Founded in 1835 and the final resting place for many important Uruguayan politicians, authors and artists.

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Gorriti Island

island in Uruguay

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Cathedral of The Most Holy Trinity, Montevideo

An Anglican church and the oldest non-Catholic place of worship in Montevideo. Looks more like a Roman temple than a church.

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Plaza Independencia

The square at the end of 18 de Julio Ave., with the latter being the main commercial artery of the city. On the last Saturday of September, all the museums and historical places of interest around the Plaza Independencia open for free to the public. There is also a large "Murga," or a traditional South American parade in which all the Uruguayan political parties take part. The event is known as El Día del Patrimonio, the Day of Heritage. On the middle of the square there is a statue of general José Artigas, and under it, his mauseoleum.

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Carrasco, Montevideo

Reached by bus or taxi it is a beautiful neighborhood full of trees by the beach twenty minutes from the Ciudad Vieja. It has nice restaurants with outdoor tables. Its really nice to walk around and visit the small upscale boutiques in nice houses, bookstores, a small shopping center Arocena and a movie theater. The best ice cream parlor Las Delicias. If weather permits the beach is really nice and good for long walks and swimming. There is a very large street fair on Wednesdays full of fruits, foods, and clothing, especially bathing suits! Also has upscale hotels.

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Museo del Hombre y la Tecnología

Museum of the history of technology.

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Museo Torres García

Displaying works by one of most prominent Uruguayan artists, the painter and sculptor Joaquín Torres García (1874-1949).

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Parque Rodó

district of Montevideo

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Palacio Municipal (Montevideo)

The massive brick building is not just a city hall but also hosts the museums of photography and art history (MuHAr). There is a viewing platform in the tower that is open to the public.

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Estadio Atilio Paiva Olivera

Soccer (football) stadium that seats over 27,000.

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Artigas Mausoleum

This large monument in the Plaza Independencia pays tribute to José Gervasio Artigas, one of the heroes of the Uruguayan Independence. Under the monument is the mausoleum, which is open on the weekends. It contains an urn with his ashes and two honor guards keeping watch.

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Gateway of the Citadel

A gate to the old town; if you pass through it you're at Sarandí, Montevideo's main pedestrian street. This is one of the few remaining parts of the old city wall.

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Cerro Pan de Azúcar

mountain, Uruguay

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Fortaleza del Cerro

This fort, on the top of the Cerro Hill, houses a collection of armoury. It is the original fort from which Montevideo originated. The fort sits on the top of a hill and can be seen from many places in the city - and you'll have a fantastic view of the city from the fort. Visiting the fort can be hard, as the Cerro district is somewhat of a shantytown and reportedly not safe to wander around in — though it is possible to reach the fort by car or taxi.

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Carnival Museum

Small museum with carnival costumes and paraphernalia. If you don't have the opportunity to visit Montevideo during the yearly carnival, at least you will get to see some costumes and drums here.

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World Trade Center Montevideo

The largest concentration of glitzy skyscrapers in Montevideo, consisting of five towers and a square in the middle of them which is used both for business and cultural events. The complex also incorporates a major shopping mall, the Montevideo Shopping.

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Plaza de la Diversidad Sexual

Basically a work of modern art, graffiti painted fences and walls, all at a side alley that should probably be avoided after dusk. It reads "Honouring diversity is honouring life; Montevideo is for the respect of all identities and sexual orientations" and was erected in 2005. It's South America's first monument dedicated to sexual diversity. Other places of interest to gay people include the Edificio Liberaij, where two gay Argentine bank robbers (featured in the 1998 movie Plata Quemada) died in 1965.

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Uruguay

Uruguay is the second-smallest country in South America (after Suriname), bordered by Argentina to the west, Brazil to the northeast, and the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast. The country is known for its colonial-era historic districts in Colonia and Montevideo, popular beaches on the Atlantic Coast, and beef production—a former meat processing plant in Fray Bentos is a world heritage site. Calmer and safer than its neighbors, Uruguay is a friendly, easygoing destination.

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