Visas: Nationals of Western Europe, Australia, the USA, Canada and New Zealand automatically receive a 90-day tourist card, renewable for another 90 days. Other nationals may require visas.
Local transportation: The city boasts a very efficient public transportation system so getting around is not difficult at all. Montevideo’s city buses, operated by Cutcsa, go almost everywhere for UR$26 per ride. Taxis are all metered but are not cheap. Upon the end of your ride you are shown a chart depicting distance and cost: there are two official price tables, one effective on weekdays, the other (20% higher) used at night between 10pm and 6am, and on Sundays and holidays. Uber is also available in Montevideo.
Where to buy a SIM card: You can buy a ANTEL prepaid SIM card at any kiosk in the country, already charged with some cash to make calls. If you buy the SIM card at an Antel shop, you will need to register the chip and they will ask you for paperwork. So stick to phone shops or kiosks instead.
Popular areas: Ciudad Vieja, the Rambla, Pocitos
Popular food: Asado (beef/steak barbeque), Chivito (steak sandwich), Choripan (Chorizo served in a baguette), Mollejas (sweetbreads), Dulce de Leche
Home to half of Uruguay's population, Montevideo is a vibrant, historical and compact city. The city is frequently overlooked by travelers in favor of Buenos Aires just across the river, but Montevideo has plenty to offer as well. The Rambla is a 17-mile long riverwalk that hugs the shore of La Plata River, and you'll find walkers, runners and cyclists sharing space with families and couples. Downtown Montevideo is lined with historical buildings, antique shops and cafes. High quality of life, low crime and good government has made Montevideo an attractive city for many.
Montevideo is one of the safest cities in Latin America but it is still a capital city and women digital nomads should remain alert and take sensible precautions, especially at night. Street crime like bag snatching and pick-pocketing, occurs in Montevideo.
Cost of living is higher in Montevideo than other South America cities, but the quality of life is higher too. Montevideo has rather inexpensive, fast internet and lots of networking opportunities. Uruguay also has one of South America’s freest economies and is an emerging offshore banking country.
January and February are the hottest months and also high season in Uruguay. if you go out at midday for more than 15 minutes without sunscreen on, you are going to get burned. July - September are the coldest months of the year, and average temperatures hover around 3 - 5 degrees Celsius.
Coworking Spaces in Montevideo
Cafes with wifi
Don't want to work at a coworking space? Check out these cafes with wifi instead.