Traditional Homes in Montevideo, Uruguay
Stroll the cobbled streets of Montevideo's Cuidad Vieja and marvel at Spanish-colonial row houses and monuments such as Plaza Independencia and Teatro Colon, which evoke the grandeur of Europe in the mid-19th century. Or visit the city's various Art Deco masterpieces, from the 1930s-era Edificio el Mastil (whose shape suggests the mast of a ship) or the subtler facades that mark residential buildings in upmarket Palermo.
Prado Park Montevideo, Uruguay
Take a break from your sightseeing in one of Montevideo's many city parks. Prioritize Prado Park, the city's most beloved among locals. Put down a blanket beneath one of the palms along Miguelete Creek, whether for a picnic and a glass of wine or to simply reflect on the adventures you've had and the ones to come. Smell the flowers at the Rosdal del Prado rose garden, or admire the historic Hotel del Prado (which is now an event venue).
Catch some rays at Playa de los Pocitos, or even take a dip if the water's right. Be mindful of the fact that the waters are of the Rio de la Plata estuary and not the ocean — don't be alarmed by the lack of waves or the water's somewhat dark color. If you're short on time or simply don't want to walk very far, head to Playa Ramirez, which is smaller but closer to the city center.
Stroll through lively Puerto Market, but bring your appetite. Feel your mouth water as the aromas of grilled beef, pork and chicken on the parilla grill waft through the air, and pace yourself as you tear into succulent asado steaks and delicately spiced chorizo sausage. Save room for alfajores, a traditional shortbread cookie sold at many stalls in the market — and one of the only vegetarian friendly items in this carnivore's paradise!
Spend some time outside the main entrance to Puerto Market to enjoy some shopping before or after dinner. Purchase postcards, keychains and other Montevideo souvenirs, or peruse Uruguayan crafts amid the flea-market-type stalls. If you like yerba mate, a heavily caffeinated local beverage, pick some up here, or perhaps buy one of the gourd-shaped calabash vessels it's typically served in.
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