Guru'Guay Guide to Montevideo, The

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Guru'Guay Guide to Montevideo, The

Authored by Karen A Higgs
Edition: 1

The Guru’Guay Guide to Montevideo is the first REAL insider’s guide to Montevideo, capital of Uruguay, and still one of South America’s off-the-radar destinations. Up until now it's been virtually impossible to find a good guidebook on Uruguay. Why? Because they are written by people who fly in for a week and then leave. This guide is by a Spanish-speaking Brit, resident since 2000. While the guide focuses on Montevideo, it's indispensable for anyone visiting Uruguay.

Features in-depth information on:


  • flying into Uruguay, including a candid look at airlines to avoid
  • getting to (or from) Montevideo from Buenos Aires The fastest, cheapest and most leisurely routes
  • best time to visit and how long to stay Insights only a long-term resident can give
  • public holidays when Montevideo pretty much shuts down, so it's essential to know when they are and festivals you must not miss, like the mysterious Sea Goddess celebrations
  • best neighbourhoods to stay based on your personal preferences
  • architecturally-lovely accommodation Options for all pockets
  • personal safety Dispelling myths and tips specific to neighbourhoods
  • getting around on public transport like a local
  • driving and car rental The logic in seemingly erratic traffic patterns and driving habits
  • tipping demystified eg why you don't tip taxi drivers but do tip street parking attendants
  • money exchange including troubleshooting ATM withdrawals


  • guided tours to wine, marijuana, soccer, carnival and more
  • great day trips, from UNESCO heritage site Colonia de Sacramento, to glitzy Punta del Este, to the Santa Lucia wetlands
  • architectural highlights in possibly the city with the biggest concentration of Art-deco after New York
  • art museums and underground art coops
  • beaches including which of the 10 is best for children, windsurf and boat rental, etc
  • shopping and buying original gifts Really. Ever heard of a guidebook that helps you with this thankless task?
  • shopping for wine-lovers Wow, right? Where to go to get expert advice and dah goods
  • why Carnival in Montevideo is so unique and where and when to track down the best (and worst) of carnival, even off-season
  • tango Here tango is something the locals do, it's not “for export”. One milonga, or dance salon, even takes place in a living room.
  • the best live music and live acts that Montevideo has to offer Tiny Uruguay has a huge share of highly talented musicians. Pay under 10 USD to see a world-class band in a tiny cafe.
  • gay Montevideo has a small but charming scene


  • what time the locals eat and how Uruguayans survive through to a 10pm dinnertime
  • street food
  • wine and craft beer from Uruguay are winning prizes internationally. The guide points you to which to try and why
  • restaurants for people desperate for gourmet and veggie options
  • restaurants for wine-lovers
  • historic cafes The most charming, and the grittiest


  • history How did this tiny country get to be so progressive? Your burning questions answered.
  • the Uruguayan character, a chapter of entirely personal anecdotes that illustrate that Uruguayans (from presidents to petty thieves) are friendly and down-to-earth
  • expressions EVERYONE uses on the street and what they mean
  • films to watch, albums to listen to and books to read before you come

Publication Date:
1530104165 / 9781530104161
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
7.5" x 9.25"
Black and White with Bleed
Related Categories:
Travel / South America / General

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