Central Montevideo Tour (Self Guided), Montevideo

The central part of the city of Montevideo is characterized as having many interesting places to visit. It represents a cultural mix of places that exhibit the beauty, the culture and the history of the city's formation. There can be visited, museums, monuments of known people, zoo and football stadium. Take this tour to discover the beauty of the center of Montevideo, Uruguay.
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Central Montevideo Tour Map

Guide Name: Central Montevideo Tour
Guide Location: Uruguay » Montevideo (See other walking tours in Montevideo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Author: jenny
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Plaza de la Bandera
  • Monumento a Juan Pablo II
  • Obelisk of Montevideo
  • Parque Battle
  • Monumento a la Carreta
  • Estadio Centenario
  • Museo del Fútbol
  • Zoológico Municipal de Villa Dolores
Plaza de la Bandera

1) Plaza de la Bandera

Plaza de la Bandera, also known as Plaza de la Democracia, is a square that contains an important monument and a flag that symbolizes the spirit of Orientalism. The flag was enshrined in the Constitution of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay. It is the only monument dedicated to a flag of the world.
Monumento a Juan Pablo II

2) Monumento a Juan Pablo II

Monumento a Juan Pablo II was established by the archbishop of Montevideo, Nicolas Cotugno. It was opened in 1987 in the place where the Pope held his first Mass in Uruguay. It was located in a busy intersection in Uruguay, 100 meters from another important monument, the Obelisk.
Obelisk of Montevideo

3) Obelisk of Montevideo

The Obelisk of Montevideo, officially listed as the Obelisco a los Constituyentes de 1830, is a monument, work of the sculptor José Luis Zorrilla de San Martín (1891-1975). It is a three sided obelisk made of granite, 40 meters tall with 3 bronze statues on its sides, representing "Law", "Liberty" and "Force". It has a hexagonal water fountain around it with six spheres on its outer circumference. It is located at the intersection of 18 de Julio and Artigas Boulevard avenues, in Montevideo, at the entrance of the Parque Batlle area.

It was built in 1930 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first Constitution of Uruguay and is a hommage to the participants of the General Assembly of the first Constitution.

Six years later, a similar but larger monument was built at the intersection of 9 de Julio and Corrientes avenues in Buenos Aires, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the first founding of the city.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Parque Battle

4) Parque Battle

Parque Batlle (formerly: Parque de los Aliados) is a barrio and a major public central park in Montevideo. It is named in honour of José Batlle y Ordóñez, President of Uruguay from 1911–1915. The park as seen now covers an area of 60 hectares (150 acres) and is considered the "lung" of the Montevideo city owing to the large variety of trees planted here. Home to the Estadio Centenario national football stadium as well as the national monument "La Carreta", it also has high density residential living space. Along with Parque Prado and Parque Rodó, Batlle is one of three large parks that dominate Montevideo.

The park contains the 70,000 seat Estadio Centenario, built for the first soccer world cup in 1930, which is both the national football stadium and it contains a football museum. There is also the Tabaré Athletic Club which is occasionally made over as a carnival theatre using impermanent materials. The Municipal Velodrome, two smaller stadiums (the Parque Palermo and the Parque Luis Méndez Piana), and a target shooting facility are additional attractions. In 1934, "La Carreta", a bronze monument on granite base by José Belloni was introduced. The monument, one of several statues in the park, is located on Avenida Lorenzo Merola near Estadio Centenario and depicts yoked oxen pulling a loaded wagon. It was designated a national monument in 1976. Another statue in the same side of the park is a bronze copy of the Discobolus of Myron.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Monumento a la Carreta

5) Monumento a la Carreta

Monumento a la Carreta was inaugurated on October 14, 1934. The sculptor that made this monument is Jose Belloni. It became a national monument in 1976. It is made from bronze and granite. It is located in the Parque Jose Battle. It recalls the classical mode of cargo transportation.
Estadio Centenario

6) Estadio Centenario (must see)

Estadio Centenario is a stadium in Parque Batlle, used primarily for football. The stadium was built between 1929 and 1930 to host the 1930 FIFA World Cup, as well as to commemorate the centennial of Uruguay's first constitution. It is listed by FIFA as one of the football world's classic stadiums, along with the likes of Maracanã, Wembley Stadium, San Siro, Estadio Azteca, and Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.

The Uruguayan national team has always been a threat when playing in their home stadium, consistently beating top teams. Even the top ranked Brazil national football team has only managed 3 wins in 20 opportunities, although only one was an official match.Aside from the Uruguayan national team, any football club can rent the stadium for its home games. Peñarol has done that for nearly every game in the past years, while Nacional rents it for some international games. In the case of other Uruguayan teams, they often decide to play there against both Peñarol and Nacional. The stadium was built as the main host stadium for the 1930 World Cup. Estadio Centenario hosted every team in the competition in 10 matches, including both semi-finals and the final. Below is the list of the matches played at Centenario during the 1930 World Cup.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Museo del Fútbol

7) Museo del Fútbol

Museo del Fútbol is located in the interior of the Centario Stadium. It contains all the medals, cups and other important premiums from the football competitions. Here you can also find the World Cup won in 1930. It is dedicated to the soccer country’s heritage that made them famous throughout the entire world.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am - 5 pm
Zoológico Municipal de Villa Dolores

8) Zoológico Municipal de Villa Dolores

Zoológico Municipal de Villa Dolores has a population of 550 animals and 650 trees. There are animals collected from all continents that live on 7 hectares of land. Now the locations for animals are more modern and comfortable, and people can see them from up close, feed them and touch some of them. The architect of the zoo is Mr. Mayor Mariano Arana.

Walking Tours in Montevideo, Uruguay

Create Your Own Walk in Montevideo

Create Your Own Walk in Montevideo

Creating your own self-guided walk in Montevideo is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
North Montevideo Tour

North Montevideo Tour

Northen part of the city can be also characterized as a beautiful place. There can be visited a nice and green park, museums, botanical garden and many other places that will attract your attention. Take this tour to discover the beauty of the city Montevideo, Uruguay.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Montevideo Museums Tour

Montevideo Museums Tour

Museums enlighten us with regard to the history of a country. They convey information such as how old a particular territory could be, how many wars were fought there and the beauty of the culture preserved through time. Take the following tour to discover the beauty and the history of Uruguay. There are visits to the history museum, museum of arts, the history of monedas and many others.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
South Part Tour of Montevideo

South Part Tour of Montevideo

The south part of the city can be characterized as a beautiful part. It has a beautiful and green park that is a known place for rest for many people. There are also markets, museums, specialty shops and many other interesting attractions to visit. Take this tour to discover the beauty of this part if the city Montevideo, Uruguay.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Top Religious Sites

Top Religious Sites

Religion in Uruguay is separate from the state. More than sixty percent are Roman Catholics and the rest are members of different religious groups. Montevideo has beautiful churches that represent different confections and different architectural elements from the periods during which they were built. Take this tour to discover the beauty of religious sites in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 Km or 4 Miles
Montevideo Introduction Walking Tour

Montevideo Introduction Walking Tour

Montevideo is a beautiful city that has many beautiful architectural and historical places to visit. There are some famous palaces that must be visited and some plazas that exemplify the beauty of the city. All these places are named after important historical personalities. Take this tour to discover the beauty of the history of Montevideo, Uruguay.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles