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.
Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction.
All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19.
The activity takes place with a guide that speaks en english and spanish.
English speaking guide specialized in the history of Montevideo
When to book?
You can book up until 12 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.
Type of voucher
Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.
Wheelchair accessible. This must be indicated in the reservation.
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.
Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?
A - This activity requires a minimum of 3 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.
If you have any other questions please contact us.
If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Punta Carretas Shopping Center