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Highlights & Tango at Casona Maua
hrs Estimate Duration
See the most renowned landmarks in downtown Montevideo, including a strange castle adorned with symbols from secret societies, where you will watch a tango performance.
After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a leisurely drive through Montevideo, a capital city so vibrant and cosmopolitan that nearly half of Uruguay’s population calls it home. It is no wonder considering Montevideo’s magnificent landmarks, many of which you will see.
Among them is wonderfully atmospheric Old Town, historical Independence Square and the Legislative Palace, a glorious neo-classical building constructed nearly 100 years ago with more than 50 types of marble. You will also pass through tree-lined Prada, a neighborhood dotted with early 20th-century mansions.
Then, it’s on to Batlle Park, a lovely urban greenscape named for Jose Batlle y Ordonez, Uruguay’s president from 1911-1915. Here you will see Centenario Stadium, site of the first World Cup soccer championship, and “La Carreta,” a bronze sculpture that depicts the area’s 19th-century oxcart drivers, which local artist Joe Belloni unveiled in 1919.
A photo stop at a monument dedicated to the Fallen Soldiers of the Navy follows, after which you tour continues with a visit to Casona Mauá. Upon arrival, you will be offered a complimentary beverage and be entertained with traditional Tango music. Casona Mauá was built in the 1870s and has an important architectural and heritage significance. The venue belonged to Baron and Viscount Mauá, a powerful business man, visionary and entrepreneur who founded among other things, Mauá Bank, the first bank in Uruguay which opened its doors in 1857 and the first one to print currency within the country. Nowadays and after a great restoration process, Casona Mauá maintains its original beveled glass, Carrara marble, floors, ceilings, skylight and moldings, making it a bastion of Montevideo’s historical Old Town.
Need to Know:
Note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of easy to moderate walking, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during the photo stops. There will be a few steps to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Participants should be in reasonably good physical condition. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, sturdy walking shoes are recommended. The tour sequence may vary.
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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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