At 2 am, I got a glimpse of the Rambla of Montevideo for the first time. I was the happiest I’d been all day. Having spent almost 20 hours in a car, seeing the Rambla meant we had finally reached our destination- Montevideo, the capital city of Uruguay.
20 hours was spent driving all the way from the wine region of Mendoza, Argentina to Montevideo including border crossing. But we only stopped a handful of times to go to the bathroom and my body was running on nothing but a few cookies. And not to mention, I learned that your butt could actually hurt from sitting down for too long.
By evening the next day, well rested and my stomach filled with more than just cookies, we walked around the city we would call home for two months. Just four blocks from our apartment in the Pocitos neighborhood, was the Rambla.
La Rambla is Spanish for the promenade, or an avenue usually where there’s a body of water. Uruguay is one of the smallest South American countries and consists of departments (kind of like US states).
The southern departments sit on the coast of the Rio de la Plata and Atlantic Ocean. This includes the Montevideo department where the capital city is located. And along the coastline is the Rambla of Montevideo.
Walking along the Rambla is one of the things you must do before leaving the city. Here’s a video I shot while walking:
Many apartment buildings are lined up along the Rambla, giving lots of residents the opportunity to have a waterfront view.
Everyday while on the public bus to go to and from Spanish school located in Ciudad Vieja, we’d drive on the road along the Rambla. This is how it looks like in the evening.
Another neighborhood in Montevideo and bordering Pocitos is Punta Carretas. We spent the second month of our stay in Montevideo in this neighborhood. Our apartment was just steps away from a mall, Punta Carretas Shopping and the Sheraton Montevideo Hotel.
Just like in Pocitos, the neighborhood of Punta Carretas sits right on the Rio de la Plata. While walking around the neighborhood, we came across a lighthouse called Punta Brava. This is a view around the lighthouse.
Since Punta Carretas is neighbors with Pocitos, we often walked in and out of both neighborhoods along the Rambla. Just like in Pocitos, there are lots of apartment buildings along the Rambla in Punta Carretas.
And a final view and one of my favorite pics taken at the Rambla of Montevideo.