I am in my second stage in Montevideo after having spent here almost a week just before Christmas. Although initially I did not include Uruguay in my travel plan in which I will travel a large part of South America, my great Uruguayan friend, Diego, advised me to spend a few days in his land to know the place, his family and his friends. Thank you very much for the advice and help! I have truly had a great time here.
The Uruguayan capital is a peaceful, temperate, safe city, of encompassing dimensions, full of history and with beaches that are licked by the waters of the Río de la Plata.
When I arrived here in mid-December - and also now, in January - a certain feeling of melancholy and sadness invaded me because I was leaving Brazil. It meant leaving the exotic, sensual, natural and different from Carioca culture to enter some lands and people that, undoubtedly, both resemble Europeans or - more specifically - Spaniards and Italians. However, soon I opened myself to the charm of the people and began to enjoy Montevideo, capital of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay (this is its full name).
How to get
To get to Montevideo, depending on where you are, you can do it by land, sea and air.
I came from Brazil and opted for the cheapest option: the bus. Two agencies take you from Brazil to Uruguay: EGA (Uruguayan) and TTL (Brazilian). The prices of both are similar and leaves for about R $ 210 from Florianopolis and R $ 150 from Porto Alegre, about 7 hours south of Florianopolis and capital of Rio Grande do Sul. From Porto Alegre it is about 12 hours of travel depending on the time to stop at the border to do all the paperwork. The buses have a semicama service and I advise you - as in all long journeys through South America - that you take the night.
If you arrive from Argentina, you can access by sea - or river - from Buenos Aires to Suburb of the sacrament with Colonia Express or Buquebus for a price that is between 15 and 25 euros depending on the type of boat you choose - slow or fast - that takes 1 or 2 hours and a half, respectively. I had a problem with the schedules of Colonia Express because of their mistake and they proved to be a very serious company, so I advise Buquebus, which also have more competitive prices if you are not in a hurry and choose the slow boat. From Cologne you must take a bus - they depart very frequently - that leaves for about 180 Uruguayan pesos and leaves you in Montevideo after a journey of about 2 and a half hours.
Too The cacciola It has a service that leaves the beautiful Buenos Aires neighborhood of El Tigre and sails for more than two hours through the delta of the Río de la Plata to reach the Uruguayan town of Carmel, from which you can take a bus that leaves you in about 3 hours in Montevideo.
If you have a somewhat larger budget - flying in South America is, paradoxically, much more expensive than in Europe - you can check flights with PLUNA Uruguayan airline Argentinian airlines -I do not recommend it for being quite unpresentable-, or GOAL For those who come from Brazil.