A Day in the Port of Montevideo
Tucked in between Brazil and Argentina along the South American coast is the county of Uruguay. Its capital and major port is the city of Montevideo where over half of the countries population of three million live. A frequent port on many South American cruise itineraries the city is located near where the Rio de la Plata flows into the Atlantic Ocean. It is two-hundred fifty miles down river and east of Buenos Aries.
Where You Dock
Cruise ships normally dock at the Terminal Puerto De Montevideo which sits at the tip of a peninsula which covers most of the Tres Cruces barrio. A barrio is neighbourhood or district and Tres Cruces means “three crossings”, referring to the three major transportation routes which meet in the area. The port is well developed but does not offer a terminal adjacent to the pier. However only a couple of blocks outside the port is a shopping district and public restrooms are available in the Port Market*.
While Montevideo is a large metropolitan area, Tres Cruces is the heart of the historic city with most of the sites within walking distance. Getting outside this area usually requires a taxi. While Taxis are common they are not cheap as gasoline is expensive here. A majority of drivers only speak Spanish so be prepared with written names of your destination. Expect to pay about UYU100 for a ten minute ride. Tipping is not usual, but rounding up is common.
Getting To and From the Airport. A shuttle is available between the airport and downtown for about UYS 800/950 or US$45. A taxi should cost about UYU 1500 or US$70.
Currently a Uruguay Peso (UYU) is worth about US$0.03. Most merchants in popular tourist areas will accept Dollars and Euros and most major credit cards can be used. If using currency expect small change to be in Uruguay Pesos.
Just outside the port is The Port Market. Outside are street stalls and local shops and inside the main pavilion is a collection of cafes, bars and restaurants. The area is particularly famous for its steak houses.
Within the Tres Cruces area are a number of attractions like:
- Locks Fountain at Av. 18 de Julio
- Ramírez Beach, a wide sand beach & popular hangout
- Galeria SOA, Candombe pedestrian Curuguaty
- Palacio Diaz at Av. 18 de Julio
- Ciudadela at Av. Intendente Municipal Juan Pedro Fabini
- Fountain Plaza Cagancha at Dr. Enrique Tarigo
- Galería Caubarrere Convención at Restos de la muralla de la Ciudadela at Buenos Aires
- Mausoleo de José Gervasio Artigas at Prócer de los Orientales
- Monument at Plaza Independencia
- The Black Gallery Arte Contemporáneo at Calle Perez Castellano
- Palacio Santos at Av. 18 de Julio
- Monumento a Atilio Narancio
- Palmera de Juana de Ibarbourou at Manuel Vicente Pagola