The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss
After you've paid your respects at the tomb of Uruguay's greatest hero, José Artigas, pay a visit to the Barrio Sur. This neighborhood's predominantly African community offers unique cultural events not found anywhere else in Montevideo. And the best part is, they're open to locals and travelers alike!
Something that should not be underestimated is Uruguay's passion for football. With two World Cup Championships and several Olympic medals to their country's credit, montevideanos take pride in their strong football heritage, which means you're likely to find people of all ages playing pick-up games around the city. If you decide to partake, don't worry if you don't speak Spanish. Just make sure you're fluent in football.
Get a Taste of Local Flavor
If there's one thing montevideanos love, it's their beef. Whether it's served in a stew, hot off the grill or inside an empanada, you'll get an authentic sampling of Uruguay's unique flavor. If you decide to hit the Mercado del Puerto for a steak, you'll want to go with an empty stomach - they tend to be quite big. We're talking "Fred Flintstone's ribs" big.
Shopping for Bargains
Montevideo offers a great variety of fairs and markets and malls. Hit the Cordon neighborhood for Tristán Narvaja, the city's Sunday flea market started 50 years ago by Italian immigrants. Looking for hipper shopping and entertainment options? The seaside neighborhood of Pocitos is your best bet.
The Uruguayan Peso (Ur$) is the official currency of Montevideo. Most downtown banks have ATMs, but it is always a good idea to bring along travelers' checks.
Weather in Montevideo, Uruguay
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