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Montevideo tours and excursions

Montevideo tours

Walking tours

Experience some of the greatest examples of Uruguayan culture in a safe and affordable way. Leaving from Independence Square at 1100 from Monday to Friday, and 2pm on Saturday, the walking tour concentrates on the historical parts of Montevideo's old city, visiting the colonial plazas and grand old buildings.


Historical tours

Conducted by British-born Liz and Richard Cowley, the three-hour tour provides fascinating insight into the history of the capital: the Spanish colonial era, the British invasions, the fight for independence and the emergence of modern Uruguay. Tours can be enjoyed by walking or taking a chauffeured car, minibus or bus. Pre-booking is essential.

Tel: +598 99 692 757.

Montevideo excursions

Colonia del Sacramento

A town frozen in time with 17th-century buildings and cars from the 1950s, Colonia del Sacramento's cobbled, colonial-era streets are now UNESCO protected since receiving World Heritage status. In the town's historic centre, secluded courtyards reveal quaint cafés, bustling markets and some of the most prized restaurants in the region.

Tel: +598 4522 3700.

Bodega Bouza Winery

Less than half-an-hour's drive outside Montevideo's city limits, the wine growing regions of Uruguay are fast becoming a major attraction for international visitors. This growing appetite for Uruguayan grape is no better experienced than with a visit to family-run Bouza Winery, where guided tours, wine tasting and a restaurant are available to enjoy from 0900-1900, Monday to Saturday.

Tel: +598 2323 7491.
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Featured Hotels


Caballo Loco Hostel

Centrally located, just a few metres from Plaza Cagancha in Montevideo's historic centre, this hostel offers between four and ten bed shared dorms. Basic and a little drab, the facilities are extensive and include a bar, cafe, bike hire, laundry service, free Wi-Fi and a communal kitchen.

Cala di Volpe

Guest rooms in this modern hotel, right on the waterfront, are tastefully decorated with dark wood fittings and white walls. Light, modern cuisine is on offer in the restaurant, and the pool and spa have pleasant views over the river.

Four Points

Cheaper and more central than its elder brother the Sheraton Montevideo, this hotel scores highly in all categories, although the competition is hardly fierce. There is a small indoor pool and spa, while guest rooms are modern and clean, if lacking inspiration. A full complement of business facilities makes this hotel a popular choice for those visiting the city for work.

Hotel Oxford

Recently renovated, but still with old-fashioned touches, this cheap Montevideo hotel is a popular bolthole for business travellers on a budget, though its city-centre location is good for tourists too. The restaurant is basic, but there are plenty of other dining opportunities nearby.

Hotel Plaza Fuerte

In the interesting, old part of Montevideo, this great-value hotel was built in 1913 and is a national monument. Each room has its own décor scheme and all are spacious, while some of the suites have gigantic Jacuzzi baths.

Hotel Palacio

With a great old-timey feel, this ageing classic is a favourite for travellers on a budget. Touches like original tile work, brass bed heads and a few sticks of antique furniture add to the appeal. Rooms at the front have small balconies but can be noisy, while those at the back have good views over the plaza.