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Montevideo at a Glance

Montevideo's seaside charm mixes with its history, museums and eclectic nightlife to make a fun place to base a trip. 

If beaches, shopping and nightlife are your passion, Montevideo's seaside suburbs will have plenty to charm you. Lay out on the beach and get a tan, go shopping in upscale malls and enjoy a lively club scene after dark.

In Montevideo's old town area, gaze across the river mouth and the ocean to Buenos Aires on the other side. This area used to be walled during the colonial period to protect against invaders. Cobblestones, harbor views and colonial buildings make for a fun walk-around in this area. 

If independent art, music and theater are your scene, Montevideo's small theaters and cafes come alive at night.  Spanish speakers will enjoy the comedy and theater available here while tourists of all linguistic backgrounds can enjoy the music and the dance alive and well in artistic quarters. 

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December - May
Low Season
June - November
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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Carrasco Gral. Cesáreo L. Berisso International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Travelers from the U.S, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Europe do not need a visa for travel into Uruguay. A valid passport will gain travelers access to Uruguay for up to 3 months. For more information, contact the Uruguay Consulate's office in your country. American citizens can use the U.S State Department's website for more information as well.

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Coastal regions are hit with rain and strong winds from April to November. Summer months, especially January, can be witheringly hot in the interior. 

      Safety Concerns Uruguay is a fairly safe nation without many serious threats to tourists. As with everywhere you go, never leave valuables unattended and protect your bags from pickpockets. In Montevideo, take extra precaution not to carry around expensive cameras, phones and computers which may attract thieves and robbers. Avoid leaving anything in plain view even in your car. 

      Health Concerns:  Bring a water purifier or boil your water to purify it. You'll want to speak with your doctor at least two months before your trip to plan out any vaccinations and discuss health measures you'll need to take.