Uruguay

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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Uruguay

Candombe

For a unique Uruguayan experience, head to Montevideo's Barrio Sur neighborhood for a night of candombe, a form of drumming performed by African Uruguayans, descendants of freed slaves and the only black community in Uruguay. The drum circle is always accompanied by dancing, drinking, and bonfires, and it continues until the wee hours of the morning.

Barrio Sur,
Tags: dancing | things to do | culture | traditional

Museo del Gaucho y de la Moneda

This fascinating, free museum has two sections housed within a beautiful, refurbished mansion. The first floor displays the colorful history of the Uruguayan coin and banknotes; the second floor chronicles the lives of Uruguayan cowboys in the 19th century, showcasing traditional silverwork, costumes, and stuffed horses.

Av. 18 de Julio 998, 011-598-2-908-764
Tags: things to do | culture | history | museum

Museo del Mar

This enormous museum contains an assortment of quirky marine specimens – if you’ve ever wondered what the skeleton of a dolphin or sperm whale looked like, wanted to see a dolphin fetus, or have any curiosity whatsoever about sea lions, this is the place for you. As seafaring creatures of folklore, pirates also receive a dedicated exhibit.

La Barra de Maldonado, 011-598-42-771-817, www.museodelmar.com/uy
Tags: things to do | wildlife | museum

Museo Historico Nacional

Uruguay’s National Historic Museum is, fittingly, spread out between five houses that formerly belonged to national heroes such as Fructuoso Rivera, the country’s first president, and the military genius General Juan Lavalleja. The collection, which includes military artifacts, paintings, and antiques, traces the country’s history from pre-colonization to the mid-20th century.

Casa Rivera, Calle Rincón 437, 011-598-2-915-1051
Tags: things to do | culture | history | museum

Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes

This decorative arts museum’s collection, with more than 2,500 paintings and sculptures, ranges from dynamic, contemporary South American art to European antiques. Keep an eye out for masterworks by greats like Rembrandt, Picasso, Miro, and Dürer.

Ave. Millán 4015, 011-598-2-336-2248, www.montevideo.gub.uy/museoblanes
Tags: art | things to do | culture | history | museum

Museo Portugues

Housed in a striking whitewashed building lined with ornate enameled tiles called azulejos, the Museo Portugues pays homage to the Portuguese colonization of Colonia. Among the items on display are Portuguese furniture made of jacaranda (a precious South American wood), military uniforms, and old seafaring maps.

Plaza Mayor Colonia del Sacramento, 011-598-52-237-00 (Colonia Tourism Information Department), www.colonia.gub.uy (Spanish only)
Tags: things to do | culture | history | museum

Teatro Solis

This regal theater is the cultural hub of Montevideo, hosting plays, classical concerts, ballets, and operas. The beautifully restored Teatro Solis opened in 1856 and is home to the Comedia Nacional, the municipal theater company of Montevideo.

Reconquista s/n esq. Bartolomé Mitre, 011-598-2-1950-3323, www.teatrosolis.org.uy (Spanish only)
Tags: art | things to do | culture | architecture

Tristan Narvaja Fair

On Sundays, Tristan Narvaja Street turns into a giant party with a vast and varied market, where you can buy everything from used books to live animals. This is a great spot to buy a hand-carved maté (the bulbous wooden bowl used to drink yerba maté) and a special filtered straw so you can sip like a native.

Tristan Narvaja and 18 de Julio,
Tags: things to do | market

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