Montevideo, Uruquay is a friendly and refined city, less cosmopolitan than many of the other cities in Argentina and Brazil while still offering plenty of sightseeing possibilities. As Uruguay's major business center, Montevideo still practices colonial customs including siestas, long lunches and high tea.
Whether you're looking for 18th Century architecture and history, shopping for leather or artisan crafts, or just a place to relax on the beach, Montevideo has it all. There are plenty of monuments, such as the monument of Jose Gervasio Artigas which is located in the main square. Leather goods can be found in Montevideo at great prices as can handmade items sold at the Mercado de los Artesanos. The seafood and steaks found at the restaurants rival those of Argentina, so a stop at one of the many restaurants is not to be missed.
The pier where the cruise ships dock is at the southern tip of the city.
Your cruise ship may arrange for shuttles to transport you to Plaza Independencia, although taxi's are quite cheap and easy to hail.
In the Plaza Indepencia which is the main square in the new part of the city, yiou will find an equestrian statue which is a monument of Jose Gervasio Artigas, a national hero who led a battle for independence again Spain. Across from the Plaza, stores and cafes line the Avenida 18 de Julio where you will find locals setting up to sell their goods. The old jailhouse serves as a museum, surrounded by a pedestrian street with outdoor sculptures.
On the must visit list is Montevideo's Congress building, featuring colorful marble and ornate woodwork and the 1925 Etchegaray House which is a three-story French style mansion.
The St. Tropez of the Southern Hemisphere, Punta del Este lies on the southern tip of Uruguay, offering white sandy beaches as well as water sports, hotels and restuarants. Upscale vacationers from the country love to spend time at this seaside resort where activities abound from golfing, horseback riding and biking.
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