Montevideo is Urugay's capital and most populated city. It is located on the southern area of the country, with shores over Río de la Plata in its homonymous department, the smallest of the 19 in the country. Its population comprehends approximately half of the country's total population.
It offers tours, excursions, entertainment spots and various attractions. Montevideo has green spaces, both inside the city and in the outskirts. Some of the most remarkable places are Parque Rodó neighborhood, which has a large 60 acres park, Batlle park, several miles large, where the Centenario stadium is located. That is where the first football world cup was played. Other spots are Del Prado neighborhood, with large green spaces and other attractions, Del Cerro neighborhood and, right over the shore, Dr. Carlos Vaz Ferreira park and the Cerro golf club. In the Santiago Vázquez area, next to the San José department, there is the Lecocq Zoo and the Artigas park.
Montevideo also has very important museums, like the Torres García, the José Gurvich, the National Museum of Visual Arts and the San Juan Manuel Blanes museum.
It also has several markets that attract the interest of visitors. Tristán Narvaja (on Sundays), in the centric neighborhood of El Cordón; Villa Biarritz and La Teja (Saturdays and Tuesdays), where you can find anything: from original works of art to that nut you need to repair that old clock.
The city of Montevideo saw the birth of tango, candombe and Uruguayan murga, and offers numerous activities linked to those musical styles. Montevideo offers many options for that. The city has a remarkable number of movie theaters that screen all kinds of films: experimental cinema and the more commercial movies showed all around the world.
PUNTA DEL ESTEURUGUAY
Punta del Este is a peninsular city, located on the southern eastern department of Maldonado, 4 miles away from the district's capital city, and practically binded to that metropolis. It is located on a narrow strip of land that divides the waters of Río de la Plata and the Atlantic Ocean. It grows towards the northeast and comprehends the resorts located between La Barra and José Ignacio. On the southeast, it comprehends Punta Ballena, Solanas and Portezuelo, all of which have grown considerably in the last few years and are currently associated to Punta del Este's image.
Its landscapes are varied and go from forests to small hills and, of course, numerous beaches. Its beaches are called: Mansa (on the river side, with salty and green waters), and Brava (on the ocean side). These beaches are called like that because the first one, as it is on the river side and behind Gorriti island, it is protected from the winds and currents coming from the Atlantic Ocean, usually has calm waters. Brava, on the other hand, shows much more agitated waves. This resort also offers large and unique lakes where sport fishing and hunting are a must. Sauce, Diario, Blanca, José Ignacio and Garzón lakes can be easily accessed and are perfect for practicing many sports.
COLONIA DE SACRAMENTOURUGUAY
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Colonia is the only city on the Río de la Plata's shores to be founded by the Portuguese.
That occurred in the midst of the wars between the Spanish and Portuguese crowns, which sought to extend their dominions beyond the limits set by their treaties. That is why Colonia is a combination of two architectonic styles: its colonial styled, Portuguese buildings coexist with the brick houses that are so typical in Spanish architecture.
The layout of Colonia is of Portuguese origin and stands out among the classic checkboard street plan all Spanish origin cities share. The city's structure was almost military planned: its streets are very narrow, are covered by wedge-shaped stones and have a central drainage system.
The best way to enjoy ColonIa is through a long walk. The ideal starting spot is the Citadel Gate, located in front of the 1811 square. From there, you may walk to the romantic Calle de los Suspiros (Street of Sighs). And from a certain altitude, you will see the beacon that illuminates the Colonia bay, and the ruins of the San Francisco Convent. Afterwards, we suggest a walk on the beach. The most popular beaches are Santa Ana, Artilleros and El Ensueño. The entrances to these beaches are between kilometers 152 and 155 on Route 1. The beaches of Fomento, Britópolis and Los Pinos are also beautiful and can be accessed from kilometer 117 on Route 1.
Colonia stands out for the peace and safety of its streets. The perfect place for those looking to rest from the stress of the big cities. Some of Colonia's most remarkable sites are:
Parque Anchorena: a natural reserve with over 200 plant species and a wide variety of animals: wild boars, crab-eating foxes, otters and capybaras. The house, built by Aaron de Anchorena, the original owner of these lands, is now the vacation home of the President.
Plaza the Toros (the bullring) was inaugurated in 1910 and is the only one of its kind in Uruguay. -After only 8 official fights, bullfighting was prohibited by decree in 1912. It is currently closed due to risk of building collapse.
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