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 solo traveling in Montevideo, a return visit is definitely in order. Ideally, in the summer months so that I can go to the beach without a winter coat, scarf, and gloves.
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 how friendly people are, 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.” It’s 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 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.
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 lovely to stay with someone from the area to get a better feel for the place. Thank you, Andres, for a beautiful stay!
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