Located near the center of Montevideo, the Montevideo Port serves Uruguay, one of the smallest countries in South America. Although small, the country is a booming economic standout compared to other South American countries. Montevideo port of call is located in the most populous city in Uruguay houses almost half of the total population of the country. Montevideo is strategically located at the mouth of the Rio de la Plata.
Visiting Montevideo cruise port gives you the opportunity to be in a city with the highest lifestyle in Latin America; it serves numerous cruise ships during the peak season of summer and spring. Formerly a Spanish Naval Base during primary colonial times, it transferred to British influence during the early 19th Century.
The Montevideo cruise terminal produces a scenic view of the coasts’ sandy beaches and scenic skylights immediately upon disembarking from the cruise ship. The waters are not that pristine in the city center but the modern delights of architectural grandeur are worth seeing.
Leather souvenir items are in the most demand items at local vendor stalls and kiosks. Shopping areas are limited with little options for you to choose. However, these leather items and ceramics are easily found in the streets that line up to the port; they are easy to buy and very uniquely created. Jewelry and handicrafts made locally are also available for purchase in the workshops at the Plaza Independencia.
For a more distinct shopping, boutiques and stores are available in a shopping mall in the downtown area near the Luis Alberti de Herrera Avenue.
Things to See
Montevideo is a city clearly influenced by diverse traditions; thus a cultural tour is the best thing to do first. A good place to start your tour would be the Teatro Solis. The Teatro, once a prominent and world-renowned music theater now occasionally hosts a few cultural events. Avenida 18 de JulioWalking is lined with art galleries and theaters. A tour along the Cuidad Vieja or “Old City’ is also recommended; here you can find antique shops, museums and little cafes that serve great coffee. Fortified with iron gates and European street lamps the “Old City” is great for a little browsing and shopping.
Other cultural areas to visit and see are the Palacio Legislativo, Catedral Matriz, Jardin Botanico and the Memorial de los Detenidos Desaparecidos. The very large Congress Building was constructed in the early twentieth century with 52 different colors of marble (found locally).
If you are a nature lover, Montevideo also offers options that are perfect for picturesque walks and hikes. Places great for these are the El prado, Parque Rodo and the Jardin Botanico.
Restaurants and Bars
A blend of international flavors and dishes often mark the restaurants of Uruguay. A mix of these cuisines clearly shows the intent of the locals to produce food for a diversity of people. No matter how influenced they are from abroad, the restaurants produce good quality menus described as fresh and organic. Meat and seafood dishes accompanied by fine wine created from the vineyards of Montevideo are part of the attractions of these restaurants. The Tandory Restaurant and the Los Lenos Restaurnats are good places to start your dining.