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An Introduction to Montevideo



Montevideo is the largest city and capital of Uruguay. It wasn't until recently that people started seeing the city as a great tourist destination. However, this only makes your exploration all the more exciting as you discover places that have not had a lot of visitors. For instance, "ciudad vieja" is a great historical site where you will learn a lot from the features that are still under renovation. There are many old structures in this area that are being restored and new pedestrian malls are being established.

This restoration is necessary due to the graffiti on the buildings that were written when people had not yet appreciated the value of the buildings. Among the notable features is the unusually high number of beggars lining the streets, but this will not make your tour any less appealing. The city is bustling with activity during the day, but seems to go to sleep almost soon after the sun sets.

Some of the special features you will find in Montevideo are its white sand beaches. The beaches stretch for long distances beginning from the port located at Poticos. You may notice that the water is milky brown and salty. This is because of the river water that gets into the sea in these regions. However, the local authorities reassure that it is perfectly safe to take a bath in this water. Some of the beaches have rows of apartments that face the Rambla, or coastal road. Interestingly, you will not find any restaurants or shops along the Rambla. You will have to go a few blocks from the coastal road to find these.

If you are planning to travel to Montevideo, here are some important facts that you should know.

The official language is Castilian Spanish. As far as public transportation is concerned, you will have to rely on buses, as there is no subway. However, the fare is relatively cheap and modern. Although the taxis use meters, they work in a different way from what you would expect. Instead of displaying the fare, the meters give numbers that are compared to a table in order to determine the fare. Ensure that the taxi you want to use display such a table in the passenger compartment. Note that a separate table is used at night, which results in higher fares.

The price of food tends to be on the higher side when compared with other places. An ordinary meal may cost as much as $10. "Chivito" is the national dish that is prepared in different ways. At one time, it may be nothing more than a piece of steak; at other times, chivito may be made up of a variety of items mixed in a hamburger bun.

There are many hotels you may choose from, and if you would like to get more for less, then you should go to the downtown area.

People are not really used to giving tips in Montevideo. However, it is not a bad idea to give tips, especially when you consider the relatively low standards of life that the locals lead.



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