Montevideo turned out to be the biggest surprise of my trip to South America. Well, the whole country was but I especially felt under the charm of the capital.
I went to Uruguay only because I figured it’s such an easy trip from Buenos Aires and a perfect opportunity to see (and count) a new country. And then when I found out the capital isn’t that far away from Colonia del Sacramento (where the ferry arrived) I thought I could go there as well, to get a better impression of Uruguay. After seeing some of Montevideo pictures online I was really excited as it seemed like a pretty cool city. And I was right!
From the very beginning I liked the city. People were friendly and helpful, the main street – Avenida 18 de Julio – was busy but bearable and Rambla – the boulevard along Rio de la Plata was bustling with beautiful people and a funky vibe.
I felt like on a holidays there (well, ok, I kind of was on one!) and I was so disappointed I couldn’t spend much more time in Montevideo. Sadly I had only one afternoon and one morning there, with so many things to do in Montevideo, so I wanted to get as much as I could from it.
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Montevideo – a surprisingly pleasant city
I quickly left my backpack in my hotel and went to see what the city is about. My first impressions from the bus ride to the center were correct. Montevideo was lively but not overwhelming. And it kind of looked like the time has stopped there but at the same time it felt really modern.
The sun was shining and the day was just gorgeous so after a walk along the main street I left it behind, crossed the charming shadowed backstreets to finally get to the waterfront. And that was the perfect place for that weather.
Rambla was busy, people were walking, jogging, riding bikes or just sitting with the book. Even if it was a normal weekday no one was in hurry and so many people just enjoyed the sun. I joined the crowds and spent the majority of my time just relaxing and people watching. And it was the best thing I could do there!
On the next day, before heading to Colonia del Sacramento, I went to explore the Old Town. And it was just the prettiest! Beautiful houses remembering old times, green squares and a surprisingly big number of a really decent street art. It was just my kind of place.
I read before that the Old Town in Montevideo might be slightly unsafe but I figured it can’t be that bad, especially in the morning. Well, at some point I’ve noticed that something has changed and the overall feeling is so much different and kind of questionable.
The houses were still beautiful, the murals didn’t stop to impress me yet I felt somehow disturbed. Nothing really happened and I had no reason at all to be so nervous yet I was. I just quickly saw what I wanted to (including a great market hall turned into restaurants place) and headed back to catch my bus.
Montevideo pictures – how I saw the capital of Uruguay
I really hope to return to Uruguay one day and to have more time for Montevideo. I found this city underrated and even if it is nowhere close to being as amazing as Buenos Aires I believe it has a lot of potential. Just look at these Montevideo pictures!
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