Montevideo is the capital of the small South American nation of Uruguay. A city of about 1.3 million people, around 1/3 of the total population of the country, it is a relaxed city. Old architecture, a good standard of living, a lovely natural setting along the Río de la Plata near the Atlantic Ocean with a mild climate year round. As a visitor, the lack of "tourist" sites and scenes is welcoming. There are things to see and do, but rarely does one encounter what is often termed as a tourist trap, even in the Ciudad Vieja (Old City). Bus travel to other cities is comfortable and inexpensive as buses with reclining seats and WiFi internet cover the distances easily on well maintained roads.


A museum in the old city area

Lighthouse, still in operation, since 1876



Ceremonial honor guard for the tomb of José Gervasio Artigas, "the father of Uruguayan nationhood".

Puerta de la Ciudadela (Gateway of the City- from the oldest part of the city wall, torn down in 1829)

Dog walkers with large groups of surprisingly well behaved dogs are a common sight in Montevideo, at least in the more affluent sections of the city and near the beaches.

There are many small fountains and parks in the city, this one is between the Old City and a more modern business district.

Every carnivore's dream, all sorts of meats of the best quality around and cooked on a wood fire grill of massive proportions


The Palacio Salvo, built 1928 and for decades was the tallest building in South America. Overlooking the Plaza Independencia of the Old City.