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Barrio Sur, Montevideo

(2.3/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web)
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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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