Fall in love with Montevideo, Uruguay
15 Jun 2017
- Laid-back and friendly Montevideo is the southernmost capital city in South America
- A new guide ‘The Guru’Guay Guide to Montevideo’ is out now written by a local Brit
- Celebrate Tango and Carnival over 40 days and enjoy local Asado and Wines
- Stay in the heart of old Montevideo at Casa Sarandi Guesthouse
Part of the charm of Uruguay and its capital Montevideo, is that many visitors may not encounter another English-speaking tourist in sight, making this low-key destination a true hidden gem. Montevideo is Uruguay’s largest and only major city and is South America’s southernmost capital. The friendly laid-back vibe is evident throughout the city and this is the safest city in South America.
Uruguayans enjoy life and the simple pleasures of life are celebrated throughout the country. Montevideo invites everyone to carnival for 40 days each year over January and February. It is also the joint city holder of a UNESCO declaration as the city of tango. This is believed to be the city where tango was born. Many years of rivalry with Buenos Aires in Argentina about the roots of tango led to UNESCO declaring that both cities were inscribed on the ‘Representative List of the Intangible Culture Heritage of Humanity’. Experience the exciting milongas where anyone is invited to join in and dance.
A new guide to this wonderful city was published late last year by Brit Karen A Higgs who moved to Uruguay in 2000. ‘The Guru’Guay Guide to Montevideo’ is the biggest English-language guide that exists to the city and is a fantastic resource along with the hugely popular sister website guruguay.com which offers insiders tips to Montevideo and Uruguay. Aside from the new guide and the website, Karen also runs an award-winning art-deco guesthouse in the heart of Montevideo’s old town. Here, Karen shares her knowledge of the city and country with all guests, who are invited to enjoy a front row experience of magical Uruguay.
Montevideo is home to ten beaches and hundreds of wonderful buildings across the city. Karen’s guide explores many activities and things to do over 135 pages. The book covers areas including architectural delights, museums, historic cafes, beaches, tango, live music, gay Montevideo and food and drink and much more.
Karen comments in her introduction: “And as a capital city with just one and a half million inhabitants, Montevideo has all the features of a major city – an international airport, lots of cultural events, good public transport – yet it is small enough to get around easily even on foot and the locals are extremely friendly, the same as you would find in any small town. There are so many things to do that it’s well-worth spending at least four nights to really get a flavour of the city, though I’d recommend staying a week or ten days to be able to do day trips – and sleep a lot of siestas, because you’re going to want to dive into the local live music scene and shows won’t start till 10 pm.”
Uruguay’s favourite drink is mate (maah-tay) tea and people across the country can be seen carrying flasks and sipping the tea through a silver straw practically everywhere. The other favourite drink is wine and Uruguay produces some of the finest in the world. The most popular grape is Tannat, a robust red grape and this grape makes the country’s signature wine. Tannat is served very well with some of the best beef in the world and asados (barbecues) are very popular here. In Uruguay, cattle outnumber people by four to one!
Fall in love with Montevideo, a unique capital city combining beaches, history and dancing like nowhere else on earth. Allow Guru’Guay to offer you the ultimate experience.
B&B is priced around £60 per room, per night
‘The Guru’Guay Guide to Montevideo’ is out now and available from Amazon in paper and digital formats and priced £12.00 and £7.00
Air Europa serves Montevideo from London Gatwick via Madrid on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays aireuropa.com
kumsval(Playa Ramirez beach)
Jimmy Baikovicius (drumming troupe)
Carlos Contrera (portrait of author)
Karen A Higgs (Casa Sarandi, Palacio Salvo in downtown Montevideo)