Montevideo, Uruguay

Old City (Ciudad Vieja) ‘Runseeing’ Tour

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This is a ‘runseeing’ tour of Montevideo’s relatively compact Old City (Ciudad Vieja). In a 6-7 km run, one can pass by many of the city’s key sights. The official Old City is west of Plaza Indepedencia, heading east to the Ferry Terminal area. But we start at the newer looking City Hall, where it’s a pretty straight shot west for 2.5 km. Run along Av. 18 de Julio for a little over 1 km, passing Fuente del Entrevero (monumental fountain), to Plaza Indepedencia, passing the Museo del Tango, hero’s monument, Torres Garcia’s Museum, Museum Government House, Solís Theatre, and then through the Plaza Constitución, with its historic buildings, park benches, green spaces, vendors & artwork, and Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral. Then run along Sarandí, which is a more pedestrian-friendly street, passing numerous additional sights,  such as Museo Gurvich and Plaza Zabala.

At the 2.5 km mark, you’ll reach the water at Plaza Guruyú. Here, for the return, you have options. We recommend a stretch east along La Rambla, the waterside path, passing through the San Juan gate to Plaza España and then Plaza Rep. Argentina. Continue along the water to the Rambla Republica Argentina, then LEFT, turning up Santiago de Chile and Ejido to the start.

Alternatives: Staying inland in the city rather than on the water, Soriano is one of the nicer streets. Can also stay on any one of the east-west and north-south streets within the old city for variety or to extend the run, or further west along La Rambla.

Essentials
  • 6.7 km (4.2 mile) loop
  • 155 feet
  • City Hall on Av. 18 de Julio
  • Good bus access in area