Barrio Sur, Montevideo

2.3
#7 of 7 in Neighborhoods in Uruguay
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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  • February 1, 2017
    Together with Palermo are the two most representative of the scene of the Carnival in Montevideo neighbourhoods, groups playing or preparing your drums are
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  • January 29, 2017
    The neighborhood is truly special. I recommend walking a week-end of December/January through island of flowers at the time of the fall of the Sun heading to the building of the gas. Accompany any comparsa awhile and down the Rambla for a night ride.
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  • December 17, 2016
    Neighborhood located between the 18 de Julio and the rambla, near the ciudad Vieja. A residential region, but very interesting. There are good options for hotels around here, and walking the streets of the neighborhood there is a interesting architecture, houses with style of houses of the interior with the door to the street.
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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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