When it comes to solo traveling in South America, you’ll find plenty of fun things to do in Montevideo, Uruguay. From riding a bike on the Rambla, to exploring Ciudad Vieja, here’s your guide to exploring Montevideo, Uruguay.

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How to get to Montevideo from Argentina

From Buenos Aires, Argentina, you can take the Buquebus, a two-hour ferry ride to Colonia, Uruguay. From Colonia, take the 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 how friendly people are. It’s a great city to visit as a solo traveler.

Solo Travel in Uruguay

Montevideo is a safe destination for solo travelers. Practice your Spanish with the locals and explore things to do in the capital. I used Couchsurfing while I was in Montevideo, and had fun exploring the city with my host. As a solo traveler, you should always trust your gut.

Things to do Montevideo Uruguay

Fun Things To Do In Montevideo

1. Explore the Coast

One of my favorite things to do in this city is riding a bike on the “Rambla,” the sidewalk along the coastline. Go for a cruise and visit beaches, including Pocitos and Playa Malvin. Even in the winter, you’ll see many people walking, running, or riding a bike along the pathway.


What to do in Uruguay Montevideo

2. Ciudad Vieja

Ciudad Vieja or Old City is the oldest part of the city. In the 1800s, 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.

3. Visit Sarandi and Mercado del Puerto

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.

Chivito Uruguay

4. Try Chivito

I drank the mate, ate alfajores, and tried a “chivito” sandwich. It’s a steak, mozzarella, tomato, bacon, and egg combo and it’s the national dish of the country.

Where to stay in Montevideo, Uruguay

Habemus Hostel

MedioMundo Hostel

El Secreto Casa Art

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