Things to do in Montevideo

Our most recommended things to do in Montevideo

From Montevideo: Punta del Este Full-Day Tour

1. From Montevideo: Punta del Este Full-Day Tour

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your hotel in Montevideo. Take a scenic drive down the coast of Montevideo and Canelone. Discover enchanting landscapes composed of mountain ranges, pines, and eucalyptus. As you journey to Punte del Este, your knowledgable guide will share with you the region's history, including its connection to the mysticism of the Templars and alchemy. Continue across the 10 Road accompanied by the De la Plata River landscape. Arrive in Piriápolis, “the sun’s city.” Visit the Argentino Hotel and take in the spectacular view from the San Antonio Hill. Stop at Punta Ballena and visit Casapueblo, a well-known art museum/workshop/hotel. Arrive at Punta del Este on the Mansa Beach, crossing Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria Port, where the De la Plata River meets the ocean. From here, you can admire the Lobos Island and its lighthouse. Marvel at Punte del Este’s most emblematic Monument: La Mano. This sculpture of a hand emerges from the sand– seemingly reaching for the skies. Enjoy some free time in the city. Take photos, shop, and explore the city on your own. Choose the option with lunch included and you can sit down for a meal at a Punte del Este restaurant. After your free time, meet your guide for a tour of the city’s Beverly Hill neighborhood. See the mansions and lush gardens. Explore the Marconi and El Cantegril neighborhoods. Afterward, return to Montevideo.

From Montevideo: Colonia del Sacramento Full Day Tour

2. From Montevideo: Colonia del Sacramento Full Day Tour

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Montevideo and heads out through the neighborhoods of Capurro, Le Teja, and the emblematic Cerro Hill. As you cross over the scenic Santa Lucia River Bridge, arrive at San José Department, famous for being the largest producer of potatoes in the country. Upon arrival in Colonia del Sacramento, learn about the city’s rich history which dates back to 1783 when it was founded by Spanish immigrants. With your expert guide, visit the Real San Carlos, The Bullring, and the De la Plata River to admire panoramic views across the city and surrounding areas. From here, head to the Historic Quarter of the city and wander around the picturesque streets on an insightful walking tour. Discover the Portón de Campo as well as the City Gate, the Walls, the famous Los Suspiros Street, the Lighthouse, the Main Square, and the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. After your walking tour, enjoy some free time to eat lunch at a traditional restaurant or continue to explore the city at your own leisure. Before returning to Montevideo, make a stop at the Granja Arenas to visit the Collectuonist Museum where you can taste local jams, marmalades, cheeses, and more.

Montevideo: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

3. Montevideo: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Choose from daily morning or afternoon departure times, then set off to discover the city of Montevideo. Founded between 1724 and 1730, it preserves a wealth of architectural and cultural heritage. Start the tour in the Old Town, from the City's Port at the del Puerto Market, the main gastronomic center in the city. Follow your guide to the Matriz Cathedral, Independence Square, and Avenue 18 de Julio, the main commercial center of the city. Then, continue to the Legislative Palace, the National Congress inaugurated in 1925 projected by the architect Cayetano Moretti. Visit the Agricola Market, where you will have some free time to explore. From there, visit the Centenario Stadium, declared a World Soccer Monument. Then go to Batlle Park to see the sculpture La Carreta, before the return back to your accommodation.

Montevideo: Private City Highlights Tour

4. Montevideo: Private City Highlights Tour

Enjoy a private guided tour around Montevideo and see all the main sites of the capital of Uruguay. See the Old Town, the Legislative Palace of Uruguay, and the Rambla promenade that runs along the coast, among other sites. Avoid the crowds and crowded bus tours and enjoy this private tour that allows you to go at your own pace. Start with pickup from your accomodation in the city and join your guide on an adventure through the city. First, discover the Old Town and drive past Plaza Independencia. Continue along Avenida 18 de Julio en route to Mercado Agricola, which is well known for its artisanal products. Stop for 30 minutes here to browse for souvenirs and local crafts. Drive by the Legislative Palace of Uruguay, Parque Batlle, Obelisco, Los Constituyentes, and the Estadio Centenario. Stop to take pictures at the Montevideo sign while driving along the Rambla promenade. Afterward, be dropped back at your accommodation.

Montevideo: Palacio Salvo Official Ticket with Guided Tour

5. Montevideo: Palacio Salvo Official Ticket with Guided Tour

Start your visit in the main lobby of the building in front of Independencia Square, in the center of the city. Walk through the building and get to know its stories, start by knowing the original owners and the architect who built it. See the bronze ornaments of the columns on the ground floor that form a great marine animals bestiary around the building. Then, enter the old party halls on the 1st floor and the 2nd floor, where a billiard club operates. In the rest of the staircase that goes from the 1st to the 2nd floor, admire and learn about the great stained glass window that occupies a whole wall, originally built in 1928 and completely restored 2 years ago. Reach the open terrace of the 11th floor, from where you can see the De la Plata River, Montevideo Hill, Independencia Square, and the tower of the building, which was the highest point in the city until 20 years ago. The visit ends in the closed viewpoint on the top floor, where you can see a unique view of the city, the port, the coastal promenade, De la Plata River, Montevideo Hill, the Rodó Park, Punta Carretas, and the Citadel Door that surrounded the colonial city.

Montevideo: 3-Hour Bike Tour

6. Montevideo: 3-Hour Bike Tour

Discover Montevideo on 2 wheels on a 3-hour bike adventure in a shared group and with the expertise of a local guide. Arrive at the convenient meeting point and get kitted out with all the necessary equipment. Embark on a comfortable ride through the urban center, starting at Plaza Zabala and the Taranco Palace. Listen as your guide reveals the story about the foundation of Montevideo. Continue on the cycle route to visit the Plaza Matríz, Church, Water Fontain, Cabildo, Club Uruguay, Pedestrian Sarandí. Next, take a short walk through the Sarandí pedestrian area to the gate of the Citadel. Reach Independence Square, and see the mausoleum. Then, continue on to see the Salvo Palace and Estevez Palace. Ride along the Rambla for views of the Solís Theater as you learn about the story of the battle of the Rio de la Plata.  Pass by the Graf Spee, the German and American embassy buildings, Yemanjá Monument, Mercosur Building, Parlasur, Rodo Park, Summer Theater, Jewish People's Memorial, Punta Carretas Lighthouse, Pittamiglio Castle, and Trouville Point. Finally, return to the start point filled with new information about the history, architecture, and culture of this incredible city.

Montevideo: Shared 1-Way or Round Trip MVD Airport Transfer

7. Montevideo: Shared 1-Way or Round Trip MVD Airport Transfer

Ensure your holiday is stress-free and book your shared airport transfer service in advance. Meet your driver at MVD Airport and avoid the long taxi lines and busy public transport system. Then it's time to sit back and relax as you enjoy a pleasant and comfortable ride in a private, air-conditioned vehicle to your hotel in Montevideo. You can also book this service for your return trip, as well as part of a round trip transfer package to make sure you arrive on time at the airport, and in the most relaxed state possible. Simply wait for your driver in the lobby of your hotel, then let him take care of your heavy luggage as you enjoy your ride back to the airport and end your holiday in style.

From Montevideo: Colonia Sightseeing Tour with Guide

8. From Montevideo: Colonia Sightseeing Tour with Guide

If you like Art, Architecture, Culture and World Heritage sites, then this experience is perfect for you. Your guide will start by talking about Uruguay and its history. This is a beautiful drive. Colonia is the agricultural department, so you will see lots of cattle, sheep and soya plantations. Before arriving, your driver will take a special trip to Nueva Helvecia formerly known as Colonia Suiza, who have maintained Swiss traditions and customs to this day. There are several groups, including "Los Alegres Alpinos", and the "Alpenveilchen Grupo de Danzas", who still practice the songs and dances of their ancestors. You will then make your way to Colonia stopping at Plaza de Toros (former bullring). It officially opened on January 9, 1910 to 7,000 spectators featuring the most famous Bullfighters of the time, Ricardo Torres and his brother Manuel from Spain. The arena hosted a total of eight fights before bull fighting was prohibited by the Uruguayan national government in 1912. When in operation it could host 10,000 spectators. It is designed in typically Moorish style. The bull ring was part of a tourist complex including a racecourse, which is still in operation. You then have plenty of free time to have a local lunch and to explore the old Historic Plaza including the Fort, which used to be a Portuguese Settlement. There will be plenty to see including vintage cars and cobbled streets. In the afternoon you will return to Montevideo with many fond memories!

Montevideo: Tannat Wine Experience in Canelones

9. Montevideo: Tannat Wine Experience in Canelones

Escape Montevideo to sample fine wines in the countryside, and learn about the Uruguayan wine industry at a small family winery that is now more than a century old. Taste a variety of wines, including the Tannat grape. Located in the heart of the Canelones wine region, surrounded by lovely rural landscapes. On arrival, feel welcome by a winery expert, who will take you to the vineyards, cellar, and winery. Browse the grouns and ask your guide anything as you go. Enjoy this educational experience, perfect for meeting like minded travelers. Taste new and interesting wines with empanadas or cheeses, depending on the winery, in a fun and interactive experience.

Montevideo: Wine Tasting & Countryside Lunch Experience

10. Montevideo: Wine Tasting & Countryside Lunch Experience

Taste the wines of Uruguay on this trip to Montevideo. Tour a winery, join a tasting, then head to the vineyards to savor a lunch paired with wine. This is a fun day out making, perfect for making new friends with fellow wine and food lovers. If joining the tour in a group of four people or less, you'll be picked up in a private car and your tour will be private. If in a larger group of 5 or more people, you'll get a shared transfer in a van and your tour will also be shared. You will be picked up at your place of residence and get to see the best parts of Montevideo on route to the winery. Depending on availability, your guides will select the best winery to visit for the occasion. Most of the wineries that you can visit date back to the early 1900s, with most having at least 4 generations of history. Upon arrival at the winery, meet a winery guide who will take you through the vineyards, winery, and cellar so you can get an educational look at the winery and winemaking. The highlight of the day is a gourmet wine-paired lunch. Taste some delicious wines including Tannat, Uruguay's flagship grape, which can produce big, bold, robust wines.

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What people are saying about Montevideo

Overall rating

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Great tour. Bus was 30 min deleted but in this business it is normal. Company pick up my in Hotel . We was drive 90 min to first stop . This place is on the peak mountain and is great view to the beautiful city Piriapolis . Next stop was Museo Casapueblo. Last stop was a Punta del Este . City was very nice . We spent there 2 hours. Good shopping and restaurant. Great place for walking. Alter that we was traveling almost 2 hours back to Montevideo . We had a very nice animator and she was very very nice and she gave as many interesting information.

Wow! What a day! Once again Marcella and Jose knocked it out of the park with this fun and informative tour. I appreciate the multi lingual tour and that they took the time to make sure this English speaker felt included and welcomed.

What a fun tour. I was happy to have met Marco who was able to give the tour in English! I really feel like I got a good sense of the history of the building as well as understand Montevideo from a local. Thanks Marco!

Muito gostosa a visita, porem podíamos ficar 1 hora a mais por la rsrsrs... mas a Guia Carmem foi fantástica, muito simpatica a atenciosa com todos, vale muito a pena conhecer Punta Del Est.

The guide was super nice and I had a great time in the city.