Montevideo Travel Blog› entry 21 of 34 › view all entries
Montevideo was a bit of a mixed bag really!
We caught the overnight bus from Buenos Aires and sleepily walked though customs and immigration at about 3am and eventually made it into Montevideo around 8am. Straight away the difference between Montevideo and Buenos Aires, which is across the Rio Plate (although it is further away than it sounds!) were apparent. The bus station was clean, organised and seemed much more relaxed than the bustling Buenos Aires. We made it to our downtown hotel and had a good wander around the City Centre, although it became apparent that it wasn´t a city that bathed in tourism!
There wasn´t quite the character in the buildings or atmosphere that BA has, but it was pleasant enough. The highlight was the visit to the Mercardo Viaje (Old Market). Even though the weekend is the best time to capture the atmoshper, an amazing hotch-potch of huge open charcol grills for giant wracks of beef or the catch-of-the-day, which would have been landed just around the corner at the main fishing docks, we could see why it would be so popular.
After our two nights, we were kicking our heels and we moved-on to Punta del Este without any regrets that we didn´t stay longer....