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Barrio Sur, Montevideo

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Neighborhood Tourist Spot
Barrio Sur attracts travelers with its modernist architecture and brightly colored houses, but most of all with its rich African heritage. You may catch a performance of "candombe": a dance that came to Uruguay together with African slaves, during which locals gather around a bonfire and move to the rhythm of large painted drums. The neighborhood is often called Barrio Reus after Spanish businessman Emilio Reus, who created workers' homes that were later remodeled by Italian artists and painted in shades of pink, blue, green, yellow, purple, orange, and red. Look for the square with a bust of Carlos Gardel, the most famous figure in the history of tango. Avoid the neighborhood at night and play it safe by keeping your cameras concealed. Arrange your visit to Barrio Sur and discover more family-friendly attractions in Montevideo using our Montevideo tour planner.
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Where to stay in Montevideo

Montevideo's central neighborhoods offer plenty of hostels for budget-minded travelers, as well as a good selection of mid-range hotels for visitors looking for a bit more space and privacy. Luxury rooms are harder to come by, especially if you arrive without a reservation. If you want to indulge your every desire, your best bet is the waterfront area, where you can find four- and five-star hotels offering all the modern amenities you need, including complimentary bicycles and car rental services.
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  • We were walking along here on our way to dinner one night when I thought the architecture was nice so took a photo. There were a few young guys hanging around, but I thought nothing of it. When we wal...  more »
  • If not for carnival I won't suggest anyone to hang there, as the place is not especially dangerous, but neither safe as well.  more »
  • If someone asks you the time, don't pull out your phone, don't look at your watch. Just say "I don't know" or better yet, ignore him, find a cab ASAP, and get out of there. I came here, as I'm sure ma...  more »