5 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Montevideo

Jul 22, 2021

Like Montevideo's close neighbors, Uruguayans have embraced their love of nature, history, and arts. And in no way can these many charms be seen more than in the Rocha Canavare National Park, established in 1961 and named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2006.

The national park protects about two million hectares of the Atlantic coast. Its importance as a sanctuary for the migratory birds who winter along the shore is also an important tourist attraction.

Also in Montevideo, experience the long history and fun times of the first European settlement in the Americas in the early 17th century. Wander the quiet streets lined with colorful buildings with an incredible view of the mouth of the Río de la Plata.

In Montevideo, you will also find some of the most famous modern art museums, including the Cárcamo, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Museo de Arte del Banco de la Rúa, and Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales.

Visit the nation's capital city with its impressive list of museums, including the well-known MALBA and Museo de Artesanía. Use this list of the top attractions in Montevideo to plan your itinerary and find inspiration to plan your next visit.

Punta del Este

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Punta del Este is one of South America's most popular beach resorts, located on the northeastern coast of Uruguay about 110 kilometers from Montevideo. It's a busy resort town, with good facilities and its pretty waterfront promenade is lined with fashionable restaurants, bars and shops. It's also home to two of the best nightclubs in the region. Travelers to Punta del Este, a well-known seaside town, should visit one of the many lovely beaches on the coast and enjoy local cuisine in the many restaurant-bars and cafés that line the attractive waterfront promenade. The town's former prison, built in 1822, can be seen next to a museum of old vehicles.

Plaza Independencia

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Built in 1874 and located on the north side of the Plaza de la Independencia in the Montevideo section of the capital city, this lovely neoclassical building once served as a presidential residence. Now it houses the Museum of Modern Art, the largest museum in Uruguay, which features permanent exhibits dedicated to South American Art, the History of Art and Contemporary Art, and the History of Science and the Human Sciences. The Museo de Arte Latin-Américano (MALBA), dedicated to Latin-American Art, is also located in the building. Other museums in this beautiful building are the Museum of San José (Historia de Montevideo, this museum relates to the history of the city) and the National Library.


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Montevideo, the capital city of Uruguay, is an exciting place to visit. The streets are lined with Spanish-style houses and cobblestone streets that radiate out of the city center. The commercial district of Punta del Este lies at the border of the Atlantic Ocean and the Río de la Plata and is home to some of the finest resorts in South America. The city was initially founded by the Spaniards in 1628 and was named Montevideo (or Monte Agüero) in honor of the Monte Agüero volcano, but was changed back to its Spanish spelling of Montevideo in 1860. The new capital was located at the confluence of the Río de la Plata and the Río de la Plata River and became the administrative center of the empire that was to become known as Uruguay. Among the things to see in the city include the imposing Art Nouveau former theater, La Scala, which was constructed in 1903. Other architecture includes many Neo-classical and Neocolonial buildings, some of which are still used as offices. The Barrio Sur is one of the best preserved Art Deco districts in the world, while a lovely walk down along the banks of the Río de la Plata, around the Botanical Garden, is one of the most picturesque places to visit. Montevideo has an international airport, two football stadiums, and the Estadio Centenario, where the matches of the Uruguayan league are held. The city also has a lively cultural life.

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Punta del Diablo

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Designed by Maximilian Isenring, the impressive black volcanic-rock dome of Punta del Diablo looks out to sea from the southern coast of Uruguay. Although less well-known than other sights in Montevideo, it's a fun-filled local hangout and is unique for its 360-degree views from both the summit and at the base of the rock. A national park, visitors can make the 1.6-km trek through lush tropical vegetation along dirt roads and walkways to the base of the rock. Also worth seeing nearby are the baths at Tablada and Dique and the zoo. At the zoo, 4,300 species of animals reside, including a number of endangered species.

Montevideo Zoo

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Montevideo Zoo is in the working-class suburbs of Montevideo. Founded in 1961, it is best known as Uruguay's first zoo, with today's 200 different species of animals, birds, and reptiles spread over 13 hectares of land. It was once quite a home for the people of Montevideo until it was transformed into a proper zoo. The main attractions are the animals: a crowd of penguins in the pool of the penguin show, the off-leash area, where you can admire the friendly parrots, toucans, eagles, and kiwis; the free-roaming cats and llamas in a lush, tropical area with a waterfall; and the primates in the non-releasable (but well-behaved) zone. To better experience the zoo, visit during opening hours.