Montevideo, Uruguay - South America Cruise Ship Port of Call

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    Montevideo, Uruguay - South America Port of Call

    Montevideo, Uruguay
    ••• Mountain Overlooking the City of Montevideo Montevideo is named for the hill that it sits on. Montevideo (c) Linda Garrison

    Things to See with a Day in Montevideo

    Montevideo is the capital city of Uruguay, and can be found across the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires. Cruise ships sailing from Buenos Aires north to Rio de Janeiro or south to the Falklands or around Cape Horn to Valparaiso (Santiago) often include Montevideo as a port of call on their itineraries.

    Montevideo is a nice place to spend the day, and even though it has over a million citizens, the old historic part of the city seems quite small. Montevideo is on a peninsula that separates the Rio de la Plata from the Atlantic Ocean. Cruise ships dock near the ferry terminal, and passengers can walk into the center of the old town.

    We visited Montevideo on Celebrity Cruises' Infinity on a cruise from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro, and walked into town and did a few hours of exploring on our own.

    The Infinity had tours to a ranch, a winery, a city tour, and a Jewish Heritage tour. We heard good reports from all of these, and the participants seemed to...MORE enjoy learning about Uruguay and Montevideo.

    Legend says the early 18th century Portuguese explorers called "Monte vide eu" or "I see a mountain" - kind of like "Land Ho" - when they first saw this mountain overlooking the harbor of Montevideo. Thus, the city was named. It's a good story, isn't it? The land surrounding Montevideo is very flat, so this must have looked like a mountain from the sea!

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    Montevideo, Uruguay - South America Cruise Port of Call

    Downtown View of Montevideo from the Celebrity Infinity Cruise Ship
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    Montevideo, Uruguay - South America Cruise Ship Port of Call

    Montevideo, Uruguay - View of Naval Customs Building in Montevideo
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    Montevideo, Uruguay - View of Montevideo Harbor

    Montevideo, Uruguay - View of Montevideo Harbor
    ••• Celebrity Infinity South American Cruise - Montevideo Montevideo, Uruguay - View of Montevideo Harbor. Montevideo, Uruguay Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Montevideo, Uruguay - View of Downtown Montevideo

    Montevideo, Uruguay - View of Downtown Montevideo
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    Montevideo, Uruguay - View of the Palacio Salvo and Downtown

    Montevideo, Uruguay - View of the Palacio Salvo and Downtown Montevideo
    ••• Palacio Salvo Is Montevideo's Tallest Building Montevideo, Uruguay - View of the Palacio Salvo and Downtown Montevideo. Montevideo, Uruguay Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    The 26-story Palacio Salvo was the tallest building in South America when it was built in 1927. It is still the tallest in Montevideo.

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    Montevideo, Uruguay - Grilled Meats in the Mercado del Puerto of Montevideo

    Montevideo, Uruguay - Grilled Meats in the Mercado del Puerto of Montevideo
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    Montevideo, Uruguay - Plaza Zabala Statue

    Montevideo, Uruguay - Plaza Zabala - South America Port of Call - Montevideo Cruises
    ••• Statue of Montevideo Founder, Don Bruno Mauricio de Zabala Montevideo, Uruguay - Plaza Zabala - South America Port of Call - Montevideo Cruises. Montevideo, Uruguay Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Montevideo, Uruguay - Plaza Zabala Gauchos

    Montevideo, Uruguay - Plaza Zabala - South America Port of Call - Montevideo Cruises
    ••• Relief Honoring Gauchos of South America Montevideo, Uruguay - Plaza Zabala - Relief Honoring Gauchos. Montevideo, Uruguay Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Gauchos play an important role in South America life and history.

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    Montevideo, Uruguay - Plaza Zabala

    Montevideo, Uruguay - Plaza Zabala - South America Port of Call - Montevideo Cruises
    ••• Immigrants Played an Important Role in the Settlement of Uruguay Plaza Zabala in Montevideo - Immigrants Played an Important Role in the Settlement of Uruguay. Montevideo, Uruguay Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Montevideo, Uruguay - Downtown Montevideo

    Montevideo, Uruguay - Downtown Montevideo
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    Montevideo, Uruguay - Downtown Montevideo

    Montevideo, Uruguay - Downtown Montevideo
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    Montevideo, Uruguay - Downtown Montevideo

    Pedestrian Street in Downtown Montevideo
    ••• Pedestrian Street in Downtown Montevideo Pedestrian Street in Downtown Montevideo. Montevideo, Uruguay Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Montevideo has a pedestrian-only street that stretches from Plaza Zabata to Plaza Independencia.

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    Montevideo, Uruguay - Plaza Constitución in Downtown Montevideo

    Montevideo, Uruguay - Plaza Constitución in Downtown Montevideo
    ••• Montevideo, Uruguay - Plaza Constitución in Downtown Montevideo. Montevideo, Uruguay Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    The Plaza Constitución in downtown Montevideo has an excellent artisans' market that accepts U.S. dollars. Lots of good bargains can be found!

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    Montevideo, Uruguay - Building on Plaza Constitución in Downtown Montevideo

    Montevideo, Uruguay - Building on Plaza Constitución in Downtown Montevideo
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    Montevideo, Uruguay - Plaza Constitución in Downtown Montevideo

    Montevideo, Uruguay - Outdoor Restaurant in Plaza Constitución in Downtown Montevideo
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    Montevideo, Uruguay - Fountain in Plaza Constitución in Downtown Montevideo

    Montevideo, Uruguay - Fountain in Plaza Constitución in Downtown Montevideo
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    Montevideo, Uruguay - Shopping for Mata Tea Cups in Plaza Constitución

    Montevideo, Uruguay - Shopping for Mata Tea Cups in Plaza Constitución
    ••• Montevideo, Uruguay - Shopping for Mata Tea Cups in Plaza Constitución. Montevideo, Uruguay Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Drinking mata (a tea-like drink) is a big part of the culture in Uruguay and Argentina. This kiosk is selling mata cups and other paraphanalia.

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    Montevideo, Uruguay - Puerta de la Ciudadela

    Montevideo, Uruguay - Puerta de la Ciudadela - Gateway to the Plaza Independencia
    ••• Gateway to the Plaza Independencia in Downtown Montevideo Montevideo, Uruguay - Puerta de la Ciudadela - Gateway to the Plaza Independencia. Montevideo, Uruguay Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    This old stone gateway is all that remains from the destruction of the colonial fort in 1833.

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    Montevideo, Uruguay - Plaza Independencia in Downtown Montevideo

    Montevideo, Uruguay - Plaza Independencia in Downtown Montevideo
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    Montevideo, Uruguay - Teatro Solis on Plaza Independencia in Downtown Montevideo

    Montevideo, Uruguay - Teatro Solis on Plaza Independencia in Downtown Montevideo
    ••• Montevideo, Uruguay - Teatro Solis on Plaza Independencia in Downtown Montevideo. Montevideo, Uruguay Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Teatro Solis is the leading theater of Montevideo. A major renovation was completed in early 2007, and the restored theater is beautiful.

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    Montevideo, Uruguay - Statue of Jose Artigas on Plaza Independencia

    Montevideo, Uruguay - Statue of Jose Artigas on Plaza Independencia in Downtown Montevideo
    ••• Artigas Is the "Father" of Uruguay Montevideo, Uruguay - Statue of Jose Artigas on Plaza Independencia in Downtown Montevideo. Montevideo, Uruguay Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Jose Artigas was the most important patriot leader in Uruguay's wars of independence against Spain. His mausoleum is below the statue.

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    Montevideo, Uruguay - Plaza Independencia in Downtown Montevideo

    Montevideo, Uruguay - Plaza Independencia in Downtown Montevideo
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    Montevideo, Uruguay - Palacio Salvo on the Plaza Independencia

    Montevideo, Uruguay - Palacio Salvo on the Plaza Independencia in Downtown Montevideo
    ••• 1927 Skyscraper Is Montevideo's Tallest Building Montevideo, Uruguay - Palacio Salvo on the Plaza Independencia in Downtown Montevideo. Montevideo, Uruguay Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    The Palacio Salvo was South America's tallest building when it was built in 1927. Its art deco style still dominates the Montevideo skyline.

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    Montevideo, Uruguay - Montevideo Street Scene

    Montevideo, Uruguay - Montevideo Street Scene
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    Montevideo, Uruguay - Montevideo Street Scene

    Montevideo, Uruguay - Montevideo Street Scene
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    Montevideo, Uruguay - Bicycle Garbage Collector - Montevideo Street Scene

    Montevideo, Uruguay - Bicycle Garbage Collector - Montevideo Street Scene
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    Montevideo, Uruguay - Bottle Tree in Montevideo Park

    Montevideo, Uruguay - Bottle Tree in Montevideo Park
    ••• Montevideo, Uruguay - Bottle Tree in Montevideo Park. Montevideo, Uruguay Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    These trees with trunks shaped like old-fashioned Coca-Cola bottles are aptly nicknamed, "bottle trees".

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    Montevideo, Uruguay - Downtown Street Scene

    Montevideo, Uruguay - Downtown Street Scene
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    Montevideo, Uruguay - View of Celebrity Infinity from Downtown Montevideo

    Montevideo, Uruguay - View of Celebrity Infinity from Downtown Montevideo
    ••• Montevideo, Uruguay - View of Celebrity Infinity from Downtown Montevideo. Montevideo, Uruguay Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    It is comforting to be able to see your beautiful cruise ship when strolling the streets in a foreign port!

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    Garbage Donkey Cart in Downtown Montevideo

    Montevideo, Uruguay - Garbage Donkey Cart in Downtown Montevideo
    ••• Montevideo, Uruguay - Garbage Donkey Cart in Downtown Montevideo. Montevideo, Uruguay Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    First, the bicycle garbage man, and next the donkey cart in downtown Montevideo!

     

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    Montevideo, Uruguay - Garbage Donkey Cart in Downtown Montevideo

    Montevideo, Uruguay - Garbage Donkey Cart in Downtown Montevideo
    ••• Montevideo, Uruguay - Garbage Donkey Cart in Downtown Montevideo. Montevideo, Uruguay Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    These excited young men are pointing at the beautiful cruise ship at the dock - the Celebrity Infinity.

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    Montevideo, Uruguay - Mercado del Puerto - Old Port Market Building

    Montevideo, Uruguay - Mercado del Puerto - Old Port Market Building
    ••• Montevideo, Uruguay - Mercado del Puerto - Old Port Market Building. Montevideo, Uruguay Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Be sure to visit the old port market building near the cruise ship pier in Montevideo. It's a great place for lunch or a cold beer.

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    Montevideo, Uruguay - Loading Logs onto Cargo Ship in Montevideo

    Montevideo, Uruguay - Loading Logs onto Cargo Ship in Montevideo
    ••• Montevideo, Uruguay - Loading Logs onto Cargo Ship in Montevideo. Montevideo, Uruguay Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    I love watching the action at the pier, and these cranes loading large logs onto a cargo ship in Montevideo were very entertaining.

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    Montevideo, Uruguay - Seabourn Pride at the Dock in Montevideo

    Montevideo, Uruguay - Seabourn Pride at the Dock in Montevideo
    ••• Montevideo, Uruguay - Seabourn Pride at the Dock in Montevideo. Montevideo, Uruguay Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    The Seabourn Pride joined the Celebrity Infinity in Montevideo. Note the "mountain" in the distance that gave the city its name.

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    Montevideo - Last Look at Montevideo as the Celebrity Infinity Sails Away

    Montevideo, Uruguay - Last Look at Montevideo as the Celebrity Infinity Sails Away
    ••• Montevideo, Uruguay - Last Look at Montevideo as the Celebrity Infinity Sails Away. Montevideo, Uruguay Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    The Celebrity Infinity sails away from Montevideo on her way north to Porto Belo, Buzios, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.