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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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  • The neighborhood is actually an extension of the Centre towards the beginning of the Rambla. Don't have many attractions beyond the huge Boardwalk race used to practice and the view from the edge of Punta Carretas. It's not a very safe place at night, so be careful.
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  • I was 4 days hosted in an apartment in the Barrio Sur and don't regret it. Very close to the Center. Has music, kind of a samba school. It's pretty cool. Very safe. It was worth it.
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  • Not it is best to visit in Montevideo. It is interesting in Carnival when calls are made now not so much
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