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Punta Carretas Free Walking Tour
Activities in Montevideo

Punta Carretas Free Walking Tour

  • English and Spanish
  • 2 hours

Punta Carretas, in the south of Montevideo, is home to some wonderful surprises such as an old prison which now serves as a bustling market. You will discover this and so much more when you take our fantastic free walking tour.

Punta Carretas Free Walking Tour

Our free tour of the most southern neighborhood of Montevideo will start at the main entrance of the Punta Carretas Shopping Center. The shops are spread out across different levels of gangways in a historic building which used to be an infamous prison. Here, you will discover the role that the jail played during the last dictatorship in Uruguay. We will also reveal how this was the setting for the most audacious prison break the country has ever seen.

We continue our tour at one of the most famous eateries in this part of the capital of Uruguay, El Berretín. You will hear all about the fascinating history of this place and what was here before a restaurant. Closeby, we will find the majestic Villa Biarritz Park. Strolling through these beautiful gardens you will feel the refreshing breeze blowing in from the River Plate.

Another deeply rooted tradition in the culture of Uruguay is the Mate drink. We will reveal all the interesting details about this popular drink as we approach Pittamiglio Castle. There, you will find out just why the bow of a boat seems to be breaking out of a building.

Our free tour concludes with a stroll along the Rambla Gandhi Avenue. You will be able to spot the historic Punta Brava Lighthouse as you make your way along this long tree-lined boulevard.

You name the price

Our guides work exclusively for the tips they receive from the attendees. At the end of the tour, you decide how much you think the tour was worth.

Important information

  • Our tour does not accept reservations of more than 6 people.
  • Children under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. The maximum number of children allowed is three per adult.
  • Our tour itinerary does not involve paying to enter any monuments. However, we will visit the exterior grounds.
  • In the case of rain, the tour will be suspended.


Adults Children under 12 years old
Free tour in English

Free tour in English

  • Adults

  • Children under 12 years old


More Information


2 hours


This is a bilingual (English/Spanish) guided tour.


English speaking guide specialized in the history of Montevideo

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.




Meeting point

Punta Carretas Shopping Center


If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation in the control panel, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.

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