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When looking for a fun, attractive, but not too touristy vacation spot, look no further than Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. Filled with old world charm and modern conveniences, Montevideo is the perfect place to soak up some sun, enjoy delectable fare, and surround yourself with a unique culture. With around 1.4 million residents, the streets of Montevideo can quickly become crowded, but rubbing elbows with locals is just part of its charm. Visit local shops, explore museums, wander through parks, and learn how to tango all in one adventurous vacation.
Even though Montevideo has a large population, it is considered one of the safest places to travel. Bring along your bestie, your significant other, your whole family, or come by yourself and breathe in the fresh air of Uruguay. Make a plan of places you would like to see and activities to keep you busy while here and set out to make some fantastic memories. Don’t get bogged down with large bags, though. Bounce is also in Montevideo and offers convenient locations to stow your bags short-term while you explore the city.
Bounce has partnered with several businesses in several of Montevideo’s neighborhoods to offer short-term storage solutions for locals and visitors. You should not feel the need to race to your hotel to drop your luggage when you arrive. Instead, look up a Bounce location and have your bags stored for safekeeping while you start exploring the city. Stow packages or bulky bags with Bounce when you are out and about then come back and pick them up before heading home or to your hotel. Bounce offers convenience to explore the city without being weighed down by large, bulky baggage.
Top Things to Do
Before getting to Montevideo, you may want to have some idea of the places you would like to visit. That way, you are not entirely overwhelmed or experiencing culture shock and can easily begin enjoying your time in Uruguay. Plan to immerse yourself in the culture, do a little shopping, interact with the locals, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Bounce is here to help get you started with a few ideas of where to visit, shop, and eat.
While Uruguay does not immediately bring to mind cultural experiences or fun-packed vacations, there is something to be said for heading to a place that is under the radar of typical touristy hotspots. Montevideo has several fantastic attractions that will draw you in and immerse you in the heritage of Uruguay.
Andes Museum: The tragedy that was Uruguayan Flight 571 is detailed in this museum as well as the true strength of the human spirit and fight for survival. In 1972, flight 571 crashed in the Andes Mountains, 29 people died, 16 people managed to stay alive and were rescued after spending 72 days in the freezing temperatures of the mountains. The movie Alive is based on this horrific tragedy, and the museum walks through the struggle to survive and their miraculous rescue.
Solís Theater: The most renowned theater in Uruguay was built in 1856 by Carlo Zucchi, an Italian architect. Whether you have bought tickets for a show or are taking a guided tour of the theater, you will be absolutely amazed by the architecture, glitz, and glam of this magnificent building. English speaking guides are available for guided tours.
Salvo Palace: The Palacio Salvo is considered to be the tallest building in Uruguay and was completed in 1928. It is where the sultry dance, La Cumparsita Tango, was debuted for the entire world. Composer Gerardo Matos Rodríguez actually wrote the music for La Cumparsita in 1917 while staying in the finished portion of the Salvo Palace. While touring the palace. be sure to stop in and explore the Tango Museum located inside.
Shopping in Montevideo is an experience unlike any other. Head to one of the open-air markets and have your senses assaulted, but in a good way. The sights, sounds, smells, and even tastes of the market will surround you and leave you breathless. Be prepared to haggle a bit in the markets, vendors are known to have great fun haggling over prices.
Mercado Agrícola de Montevideo: Once strictly a fresh food market, the Mercado, as locals tend to call this market, now offers an array of wares ranging from fresh foods to amazing souvenirs. Grab a cup of coffee and mill around with the locals searching out the best bargains of the day.
Feria de Tristán Narvaja: This traditional street market encompasses the essence of Montevideo. Open every Sunday, locals and tourists come in search of great finds while visiting with friends and passing the time on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Located in the Cordón neighborhood, this market has grown to cover several blocks and is a way of life for locals. You will be on sensory overload while wandering through the market, but take your time and savor the experience.
Montevideo Shopping Center: More like the typical shopping malls you are used to seeing in the United States, the Montevideo Shopping Center was the very first mall to open in the city. Stroll through the mall window shopping or browse through some of the local shops. Grab a snack or drink at the food court when you need a break.
International cuisines can be a little intimidating if you are not a foodie, but take heart, Montevideo offers a wide array of eateries for you to choose from. You will surely find a restaurant that offers tasty food that you will savor, no matter if you are a traditionalist or more adventurous when it comes to your food. While in Montevideo, take a chance and step out of your comfort zone by experiencing Uruguay through taste.
Casual Dining: Spend time in some of the more casual restaurants and get a true feel for the culture of Montevideo. Uruguay Natural Parrilla Gourmet is a fantastic restaurant offering flavorful dishes that will entice you to try more and more flavor combinations. Come for the sweetbreads, stay for the risotto de hongos, and finish your meal with a scrumptious dulce de leche dessert.
Dinner and a Show: Many restaurants offer live entertainment during dinner service. The Restaurant Primuseum is one of the best places to enjoy a dinner tango show. Dinner consists of a unique tasting menu created by the chef and is accompanied by a tango show complete with live music and dancing.
International Fare: Find international cuisine at select restaurants throughout Montevideo, including Restaurant Tandory. Enjoy Mediterranean and Asian inspired dishes, complemented by fragrant wines and signature cocktails.
How much does luggage storage cost in Montevideo?
The price for luggage storage in Montevideo is just $5.90/bag for the entire day.
Where are there luggage storage locations in Montevideo?
There are multiple locations all around Montevideo which can be booked through the Bounce platform including near Port Market, Solis Theatre, Independence Square and many other areas.
Is it safe to store your bags in Montevideo?
Yes. Every bag is tagged with a security seal and comes with the $5,000 Bounce Guarantee. Every location is required to uphold tight security precautions. You may be asked to show ID and you will be required to use a credit card to book through Bounce in advance. With hundreds of thousands of bags stored, you can count on Bounce to handle your baggage in Montevideo.
Are there storage lockers in Montevideo?
Yes. There are storage lockers and many other luggage drop off points in Montevideo. Bounce has multiple locations throughout Montevideo where you can conveniently store your luggage with full security and the $5,000 Bounce Gurantee.
Where are the best places to stay and eat while in Montevideo?
The most popular restaurants to visit are La Pulpería, Primuseum, and Bouza Bodega Boutique. Additionally, the highest ranked hotels within Montevideo are Armon Suites, Own Montevideo, and Days Inn Montevideo.
Where are the best parks and nature attractions in Montevideo?
Montevideo offers several scenic parks including Parque Roosevelt, Rodó Park, and Plaza Zabala.
Where can I find tourist information and guideposts in Montevideo?
You can find local tourist information at Tourist Information and Centro de Información turística.
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