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Montevideo Carnival Parade
Activities in Montevideo

Montevideo Carnival Parade

  • English English
  • 5 hours
  • Hotel pick up

Feel the rhythms of Montevideo Carnival when you witness one of its most famous street parades - the 'Desfile de Llamadas' (The Calls Parade). You will love the troupes of drummers and dancers performing the colonial slave tradition of Candombe.

What to expect

After collecting you from your hotel in the Uruguyuan capital, we then head directly to the districts of Palermo and Barrio Sur to watch the vivid performances of Montevideo Carnival. This is the Calls Parade, and the catchy rhythms and hypnotic drum beats will leave you spellbound from the start.

From our seats in the carnival stands, we will watch the parade troupes pass through the streets performing the enchanting Candombe dances. They are closely followed by the 'cuerda de tambores' drummers providing the infectious grooves. Each troupe is composed of 50 musicians playing three different types of drum - the high range 'chico', the tenor 'repique', and the bass 'piano'.

While watching the show, we will also learn all about the history of this tradition steeped in Uruguayan and African cultural heritage. Its origins are in the colonial era when the descendants of black slaves would play candombe in the streets during carnival time. The drums were used as a way to 'call' the attention of the residents of the neighborhood. This is how the performance earned its name.

When the parade has concluded, we will return to your hotel in Montevideo.

Important information

If you don't want to miss the opportunity of seeing the Calls Parade at the 2020 Carnival of Montevideo, which is celebrated on 6th and 7th February, you can book these dates in our calendar now.


Adults Children under 4 years old
US$ 60
  • Adults

    US$ 60
  • Children under 4 years old


More Information


5 hours

Language English

The tour includes an English speaking guide, but the tour can sometimes be carried out in two languages.


Hotel pick up and drop off.

Transport in airconditioned vehicle.

English speaking multilingual guide.

Reserved seating in the stalls to watch the calls parade.

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

If there are still places available, you can book until the previous day (local time in Montevideo).


Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.


Yes (imperative to attend with carer).

US$ 60
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the service starts


Free! Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.
When the minimum number of participants (2) is not reached, we will contact you to offer you other alternatives.

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