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Montevideo - A view from our expert author


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Home to fascinating architecture and, of course, the world’s longest carnival season, Uruguay’s capital is more laid-back than its continental counterparts.

Uruguay’s capital, indeed its only major city, sits on the estuary of the River Plate, with 13km of beaches linked by a waterfront boulevard known as the rambla. In fact one of South America’s finest natural harbours is tucked away, half-forgotten, behind the old town. It’s a delightfully laidback, peaceful and friendly city where a normal working day seems like a sleepy Sunday morning in Buenos Aires, but it has all the services you’d expect plus a lively social and cultural scene. In 2009 The Economist ranked Montevideo as the city with the best quality of life (for expats) in Latin America, and third-best in terms of infrastructure.

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