Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, is a beautiful city that faces the Plata River. Its landscaped neighbourhoods, rich architectural heritage, and beautiful seafront known as “La Rambla” make this city one of the most beautiful and visited in South America.
Here you will find the monument erected to honour General Jose Artigas. It is sculpted in bronze by Angel Zanelli and his remains lie in the mausoleum built under the monument. You will also find other interesting buildings such as Salvo Palace, the Estévez Palace (the old government house) and The Executive Tower building, the current headquarters of the Executive Branch. The well-known Gate of the Citadel is one of most prominent points of the city.
Constitution Square is an array of the Matrix church, headquarters of the Metropolitan Cathedral. In the center of the square there is the Carrara marble fountain inaugurated in 1871 along with the first drinking water system. The old Town House, named “El Cabildo” is another reference point in the old city. The Port Market is a fine example of the local gastronomy and you will be delighted with the food choices.
The Port of Montevideo is a dynamic area where strong commercial activity is centralized. The seaport leads us up to Montevideo Hill and its fort and borders the panoramic bay where in 1939 the sinking of the German ship Graf Spee took place during the Battle of the River Plate.
The Prado was a park and seating area for the aristocratic families of Montevideo. Bordering the Miguelete waterway we arrive at the Charruas monument, a memorial to an aboriginal family that was taken to Paris and put on exhibition. The Parliament house, named Legislative Palace, is a colossal work decorated with details unique to Uruguay. It took 17 years to build and it was inaugurated to commemorate the centenary of the independence of the country.
Tres Cruces is a very important hub of the city, which houses various monuments and important public and private institutions. Among them is the Obelisk, erected as a tribute to the members of the Constituent Assembly in 1830. The Centenario stadium is a world football icon; inaugurated in 1930 for the first World Cup when Uruguay emerged the winner. It is also home to an interesting themed museum.
A few minutes from the city center, Punta Gorda shows the elegance and beauty of an area of magnificent residences and manicured gardens. You will ride along the United Nations seafront, an overall length of 18 kilometers, where you will be dazzled by the white sandy beaches and beautiful water for swimming. You will end your tour in the spectacular Montevideo Shopping Centre.