The Ideal Weekend in a City That Is a Hidden Gem in South America

Uruguay's capital city isn't as well-known or crowded as others in South America like Buenos Aires or Santiago.

A place to stay

As a result, while looking to book a hotel in the city, Montevideo doesn't offer the same selection of illustrious luxury brands as its big city neighbours in Argentina and Brazil.

Despite this, it still has a number of excellent hotels scattered across Ciudad Vieja and Punta Carretas.

What to do

Being a very walkable city, Montevideo is ideal for maximising a brief weekend getaway. Take a leisurely stroll along La Rambla to start your day.

The beachfront walkway is the world's longest continuous sidewalk, measuring over 22 continuous kilometres (about 13 miles).

Where to eat and drink

Even though Uruguay is one of the few South American nations without a coffee industry, the cafe scene in Montevideo is expanding. 

At Cafe La Farmacia, you can start your day with an iced coffee or cortado. The gorgeous Ciudad Vieja coffee shop is housed in a former pharmacy 

and has meticulously preserved ancient woodwork, original cabinetry, high ceilings, and windows that create a warm, sunny ambiance.

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