Five days is hardly enough time to explore a city, but it’s enough time to know whether or not you’ll want to come back. When it comes to Montevideo, a return visit is definitely in order. Ideally in the summer months, so I can go to the beach without a winter coat, scarf, and gloves. (I’m happy to say my winter coat is currently packed away, but I used it every day during my visit in July.)
From Buenos Aires, Argentina you can take the Buquebus, a two-hour ferry ride to Colonia, Uruguay. From there, it’s another two-hour bus to Montevideo. There are also direct ferry rides available, but I went with the option that left at noon. The first thing I noticed when I got here is that the people are very friendly, actually, they are incredibly nice, making it a great city to visit as a solo traveler.
SOLO TRAVELING IN MONTEVIDEO
GO FOR A BIKE RIDE
One of my favorite things to do in this city is riding a bike on the “Rambla,” the sidewalk along the coastline. A Couchsurfing friend let me borrow his bike, and I spent most of the afternoon pedaling around, stopping at different beaches like Pocitos and Playa Malvin. Even in the winter, you’ll see many people walking, running or riding a bike along the pathway.
WANDER AROUND CIUDAD VIEJA
Ciudad Vieja or Old City is the oldest part of the city. In the 1800’s the town was surrounded by a wall to protect it from invasions. Now, the gateway, located in Plaza Independencia is the only part of the wall that remains.
Also located in the plaza, you can’t miss Palacio Salvo, which is home to the Tango Museum of Montevideo. Sarandi is a pedestrian walkway lined with shops, restaurants and there is also a charming bookstore worth a visit. I walked to the Port to watch the sunset and visited Mercado del Puerto, near the waterfront.
I drank the mate, ate alfajores and enjoyed eating chivito. The steak, mozzarella, tomato, bacon and egg combo is the national dish of the country, and it’s delicious!
After two months of staying with family members in Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina, I wasn’t ready to go back to hostel life. Thankfully I connected with a friend via Couchsurfing and he welcomed me into his home (with an incredible view of Rio de La Plata ) for a few days. It’s always nice to stay with someone from the area to get a better feel for the place. Thank you, Andres, for a wonderful stay!
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