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Touring Montevideo with children has a particular charm. Young people need to be outdoors, enter places where they have freedom of movement, play and interact with the older ones and above all, have fun and be surprised. In this article we suggest 10 attractions where you can safely enjoy your vacation without hearing the so feared phrases "I want to leave" or "How far is it?".

1. Lecocq Park
Located on the outskirts of Santiago Vázquez, the 60-hectare park is a support center for the conservation of biodiversity, nationally and internationally. Located on the banks of the Santa Lucia River 19.5 km from the city center, the park hosts more than 500 animals. Its origins go back to the years 1946 and 1949 when a zoo with animal species from all over the world was created. Currently, it is designed as an Ecological Park, combining a zoo, a scientific center, a museum and a botanical garden.
It houses an interpretation center of Parque Natural Municipal Humedales (Wetland Municipal Natural Park) of the Santa Lucia river, that offers guided visits.
Address: Luis Batlle Berres - Km 19.5
Hours: Summer from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Winter from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: (00598 2) 312 0013
Guided tours: Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Guided tours: Paseo del Monte: Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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2. Museum of Pre-Columbian and Indigenous Art
It displays more than 700 archeological and ethnographic pieces of indigenous people in America and the present territory of Uruguay. In the Mapi, the youngest can discover what these lands were like thousands of years ago, what animals inhabited them, what the first settlers did not to get bored and what things they invented to entertain their children. Visitors can enjoy all this while engaging in different activities designed so that children, teenagers and adults can become familiar and learn a little more about the Indigenous America.
Address: 25 de Mayo 279 on the corner of Pérez Castellano
Hours: Mondays to Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Phone: (598) 2916 9360.
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3. The Macarena "At the end of the Wetland"
This proposal includes several walks through incredible natural corners located a few kilometers from the capital. La Macarena is immersed in the wetlands of Santa Lucia. These are characterized by being the only salt water wetlands in South America, the most extensive and important in Uruguay and thw wetlands that contain a high degree of biodiversity, including more than half of the species of birds of our country. Boat tours along the channels and beaches, jeep tours in the Criollo woods and a tour of the productive area with ​​more than 50,000 fruit trees are part of the options for visitors. An important aspect is that tours are offered for blind and disabled people.
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4. Planetarium
The planetarium of Montevideo “Agr. Germán Barbato" was opened on February 11, 1955, being the first in Latin America. In addition, the Spitz, its main projector, is the oldest in the world still in operation. There are regular visits to watch the stars, day or night, many of which have the honorary collaboration of amateur astronomers. The planetarium is a highly recommendable walk for star and planet fans. “Ciencia Viva” (Live Science), an active science museum, operates in the basement of the Planetarium. It opens its facilities between May and November. The activities of the planetarium are free in general.
Address: Gral. Rivera Avenue 3275.
Phone: 26229109
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5. Espacio Ciencia (Science Space)
This interactive science and technology museum belongs to the Uruguayan Technological Laboratory (LATU) and offers themed exhibitions on: Antarctica, Anthill, Respira Uruguay and others. It is open from July to November, with special hours during July holidays. The exhibitions are aimed at children of all ages under family supervision.
Address: Avda. Bologna between Avda. Italia and Maria Saldún
Hours: July to November, Mondays to Fridays: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays: 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. July holidays: every day from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Telephone: 26013724 int. 1170-1171
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6. Torres García Museum
The museum´s proposal is to understand and feel art from the perspective of the famous Uruguayan painter Joaquín Torres García, one of the great masters of Modern Art. Visitors can learn the fundamental concepts of his work through the senses, by playing. The activity takes place in the permanent room of the Torres García Museum, where oil paintings, drawings and the originals of the transformable toys made by the artist are exhibited. It is also possible to experiment with the facsimile reproductions of the artist's toys. What is so special about these toys? How do they work? What shapes are they made of? What do they share with other works by Torres? Can they teach us how to create? All this and more is part of the proposal that the museum has prepared for the little ones and their families. Visits need to be scheduled in advance.
Address: Peatonal Sarandí 683
Neighborhood: Ciudad vieja (Old City)
Schedule: Open all year from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Phone number: 2916 26 63 | 2915 65 44 | 2915 26 35
Description: Duration: 1 hour Price: $ 150 (Uruguayan pesos)
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7. Mechanical attractions of Parque Rodó
This amusement park in Montevideo is a classic for families with both small children and not so much. There are two entertainment areas with rides and several food options. One is located on Boulevard Artigas and 21 de Setiembre and gathers the attractions for smaller children: merry go rounds, auto rides, crazy cups rides, etc. and the other one is by the beach, Playa Ramírez. This last one, apart from attractions of similar characteristics, has more daring rides for teenagers such as The House of Terror, Flying Parasols, the Samba Rock Ride and a Ferris Wheel.
Hours: Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 2.30 pm to 9 pm

8. Children's City
This is an entertainment center for the family where children and adults explore their creativity through symbolic games. It can be defined as a city on a scale of 2,500 m2, where the kids and their families can play and pretend to be what they want and even discover their vocation. Kids can be journalists, jewelers, gas station employees, models, artists, doctors, cameramen, firefighters, stylists, TV hosts, the roles to play are many and the best is that kids can try them all.
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9. Paintball and Laser Shots in Montevideo
Shooting wars, whether it is paint or laser lights has become an international trend. In Montevideo there are several places to practice them, such as Area51, in the heart of Montevideo, which has 3 indoor paintball courts for children over 12 and a Laser Shot area for children over 6.
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10 - Puntogame
Escape Room is a new experience in the form of a real escape game, designed for groups of 2 to 5 players, for friends, family and businesses. Set in a time and place, your team has a mission to play. They will only need wits, skills, logics and team work. All the adrenaline and fun concentrate in just 60 minutes.
Address: Soriano 943 bis. Esq. W. F. Aldunate
Hours: Every day from 10 am to 10 pm, with prior arrangement.
Phone: (+ 598) 95 560 098
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Like any other gathering of people sharing the same passion for a music genre, milongas have their own golden rules, which are worth knowing if you plan to enjoy the experience in full. Following are some of the most important ones:

  • 01Circulate on the outer perimeter of the dance floor and counter clockwise. The legend goes that in the old times, tango men feared being stabbed in the middle of the dance and they had to watch their backs. This way, they stayed alert and avoided being ambushed in the center of the dance floor.
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    Ser respetuoso con el espacio de baile del resto de los bailarines de la pista y no andar a los "ponchazos".

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    Be respectful of the dancing space of other dancers on the floor and avoid halts.

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    Dance the 4 tango pieces of the round and escort the lady to the table where she was when you asked her to dance.

  • 05 Tango classes are given before every milonga, where it is possible to learn tips that can be later applied on the dance floor. However, once you are on the dance floor, it is not appropriate to indicate another dancer what to do or to try to teach a move to another dancer.

This club is situated in the south/center of the city of Montevideo, overlooking the rambla that surrounds the coast of the Rio de la Plata, in the residential area of Punta Carretas, only five minutes away from the financial and commercial center of the Uruguayan capital. 

 

Adress: Bulevar Artigas 379
Telephone: (5982) 710 17 21 al 25 - Fax. (5982) 710 02 56
Web site: www.cgu.com.uy
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Construction: Mayo de 1930
Designer: Dr. Alister Mackenzie.
Holes: 18 Ida 3.445 yds. - Vuelta 3.190 - Total 6.635 yds.

This course is located only five minutes away from Carrasco International Airport, and only thirty minutes from the capital's commercial and financial center. This course has a unique design, in which each of the 18 holes snakes between residences whosegardens overlook the course, allowing the player to enjoy changing scenery. The course has all the services: practice fields, electric carts, caddies, club rental, and a restaurant.

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Adress: Cno. de Los Horneros 4440.
Telephone: (59837) 684 00 04
Web Site: www.latahona.com.uy
Construction: 1996
Designer: Jorge Armas - Enrique Muñoz
Holes: Par 71 Ida: 3.244 yds. - Vuelta: 3.260 yds. - Total: 6.504 yds

This is a species emblematic of the River Plate Estuary and, while shore-casting can give good results, it is best caught from a boat. The white croaker has a special antagonistic behavior that manifests in violently seeking the seabed after taking the bait. Average adult specimens weigh in at 3 kilos, however larger ones are known to swim near Cuchilla Alta and Montevideo.

Season and Places
The white croaker has the longest season for fishing, practically all-year round. It is in Montevideo where larger croakers can be found, which helps keep the hundreds of small sport fishing club boats busy the whole year round.
There is a volcanic formation in Cuchilla Alta in Canelones called “Bajos del Solís”, where large croakers can also be found.
The croaker is also commonly found in José Ignacio, Punta del Este, Piriápolis, and Atlántida.

 

The burriqueta is known in Montevideo as the “spring queen.” It is the only species found on the Uruguayan maritime shore that lacks an air bladder, so it is all meat after it is cut along the underside to remove the viscera. The burriqueta is a sought after species with high culinary value and combative attitude. During its high season, an average of 100 pieces can be caught by groups of two or three fishermen, without ever having to leave the fishing clubs in the capital, Montevideo.

Season and Places

Burriqueta can be found all across Uruguay's maritime coast. In Maldonado and Rocha, to a varying degree depending on the season, they are available all year long. It is in Montevideo, however, where the burriqueta boom during September through November. During this time, the so-called“Burriqueta mattress”, as it is known locally, appears in Montevideo, boasting large shoals.

This is truly a species built for hunting. With a mouth full of sharp teeth capable of cutting through lines used for catching other species, fishers need to be careful with their equipment when fishing for anchovies. Anchovies move about in large shoals, resulting in periods of constant activity. The anchovy, like other species, has periods where they are more predictable but, as is the case with the rest of the rich fauna of the Plata Estuary, they can be full of surprises.

Season and places

Anchovies are present all year, however they are most common during the mid-fall when generous fish bounties arrive, since this species always presents in large shoals.
They are found all along the maritime coast, with a higher concentration in Montevideo and Cuchilla Alta, because of the east-west migratory patterns of sea species. In José Ignacio, anchovy fishing is frequent just as it also is in Punta del Este and other prominent ports of the area.

Fishing and equipment

Anchovy fishing requires specific equipment, however visitors will be able to get everything that is required to face any challenge that the species might present.

Going after the Black Drum, the biggest trophy of the Uruguayan coast
Due of its size, fighting attitude, and the length of its high season, the black drum is the king of competitive coastal fishing in Uruguay.
The shoals of black drum are populated by specimens similar in size, allowing catches averaging 10 kilograms at the beginning of the season, and over 20 kilograms towards the middle or end of the season.

Season and Places
From September/October, with the arrival of the first shoals, to the beginning of fall (April), when southern winds start to cool the water down, decreasing salt-levels and increasing sedimentation. Depending on the season, the black drum can be found from the Rocha sand bank and San Ignacio Ponds (where they swim no more than 40 or 50 meters away from shore), to the Maldonado Stream bank (a place that demands casting lines longer than 100 meters). Younger specimens first appear in the shores of Canelones and Montevideo.

Fishind and Equipment

Patience is the name of the game, with the rod resting on a support until the fish strikes. This is distinguished by a violent dip. Once the animal is hooked, it is normal to spend between 20 and 30 minutes reeling it in completely, in an adrenaline-filled battle with nature.
This type of fishing is the most physically demanding due to the long casting distances required and the use of heavy cone- or pyramid-shaped weights (140 grams to 250 grams, depending on sea conditions). It is recommended to use ‘heavy’ equipment, with rods between 3.9 and 4.2 meters capable of casting weights of up to 200 or 300 grams, together with rotating reels with 25-pound lines.

Autumn and spring are ideal seasons to visit Montevideo and enjoy its urban parks. Discover these three must-see places:

  • 01The Prado and the Rosedal. An excellent place to enjoy a fall afternoon picnic on top of a thick bed of yellow leaves, or to take a walk around the ostentatious former residencies of the 19th century aristocracy. The Municipal Bellas Artes (fine arts) Museum, the Juan Manuel Blanes Museum, the Botanical Gardens, the Rosedal, the Japanese garden, the Presidential Manor, and the majestic Prado Hotel are all within a short walk's distance. Duration: 4 hours.. +INFO
  • 02 Parque Rodó. This is one of the city's largest parks with 43 hectares of green space and a beautiful diversity of tree species surrounding its small lake, where visitors can take a trip in a small pedal boat. The park area includes a small quarry, an amusement park, the Teatro de Verano (Summer Theater), the National Bellas Artes Museum, and all sorts of statues, monuments, and other artwork.. +INFO
  • 03Montevideo's Ferias. Montevideo is characterized by its impressive number of street markets. The biggest and most popular fair takes place on Sunday mornings on the street called Tristán Narvaja and in the surrounding area; this is one of the city's classic Sunday activities. Here you can find everything and nothing at the same time. All you have to do is bargain: an apple, a piece of furniture, a pet, an antique, or a hard-to-find replacement part etc +INFO

Pancracio, an honest, fourteen year old, Christian convert, had given away all his possessions to the poor. When the Roman Empire Emperor, Diocletian, heard about this, he summoned the young man to make him give up his beliefs, but he did not do so and was beheaded.
San Pancracio is nowadays known as the patron sSaint of jobs and health. In our country, thousands of followers attend the church on the corner of Inca and Pagola Streets in the Villa Muñoz district with food and clothes offerings for the poor.
An interesting fact is that the well-known food market on Inca Street is full of stalls selling non-perishable foods and competing with food offers, facilitating the purchase of the offerings by the devotees at very convenient prices.

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