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On a South America cruise itinerary that includes Uruguay’s capital and largest city, Montevideo, shore excursions let you explore this lively city full of Spanish heritage and vibrant South American culture, and invite you to be delighted.
Montevideo cruise excursions offer whirlwind tours of the multifaceted city that houses more than half of the country’s population. See the historic downtown business district, Independence Plaza, and the Palacio Salvo that features a lighthouse-style tower. You can also pay a visit to the rose gardens, Obelisk, the Covered Wagon monument (La Carreta) of Prado Park, and Estadio Centenario, the soccer stadium built for the first FIFA World Cup in 1930. Stop by the Agricultural Market, where you’ll be surrounded by the wonderful sights, sounds, and aromas of seasonal and local foods and produce, as well as many kinds of handicrafts and souvenirs.
If you’re curious about life beyond the city, book Montevideo shore excursions that highlight the best sights of the city, then head for the countryside. Tour the magnificent vineyards of Juanico, the largest winery in Uruguay. See how family artistry and state-of-the-art technology make for award-winning wines, then enjoy an Uruguayan lunch paired with a selection of wines.
For another beyond-the-city experience while on your cruise to Montevideo, visit the family-owned and operated Estancia La Rabida, a working ranch, where you’ll be treated to a glimpse of the daily life of Uruguay’s gauchos. You’ll have a chance to learn about cattle raising, horse breeding, and local agriculture from family members who work the ranch each day. You’ll also enjoy a hayride tour of the ranch, horseback rides, if you’re so inclined, and an informal and bountiful barbecue lunch.
Looking for an in-depth culinary adventure? Montevideo shore excursions offer a chance to accompany your Celebrity chef to the city’s local markets to discover the secrets of Uruguay’s cuisine. Hear about Uruguayan ingredients like spices, meats, and more as you sip a warm cup of mate, Uruguay’s national beverage. Visit the Mercado Modelo, the massive municipal wholesale market, where over half of the country’s produce is processed. See the freshest fruits and vegetables and learn about the agriculture of the country. Stop by Puertito del Buceo, a local fish market, where the chef will source the catch of the day. Back on board your ship, you’ll be treated to a chef-guided galley tour, then enjoy a special dinner inspired by the flavors and ingredients of the day’s market tour.