Is Montevideo Worth Visiting as a Solo Female Traveler?

Here’s a question I was surprised to hear come up: Is Montevideo worth visiting? The capital of Uruguay apparently doesn’t rank super high on people’s bucket lists, but if you’re a solo female traveler, you need to reconsider! Montevideo was one of my favorite destinations for solo female travel out of my entire year-long round-the-world trip. Here are a few reasons why Montevideo is worth visiting as a solo female traveler.

the streets of Montevideo Uruguay

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It’s Super Safe for Solo Female Travelers

Montevideo is one of the safest destinations for solo female travelers. I felt as comfortable here as I did in places like Bali and Japan. It was so safe that I got a little complacent about my travel safety and wound up making a dumb mistake in my next stop, Buenos Aires (everything was fine, but definitely learn how to find safe neighborhoods for you to stay in!). Montevideo was a great spot to get my feet wet in South American travel and enjoy a city that was a bit more like places I had visited in the past.

Montevideo skyline and beach

It’s Very Pedestrian Friendly

Montevideo doesn’t feel like that big of a city, especially in its historic old town. You could easily walk around Ciudad Vieja in 30 minutes or less. I stayed at Che Lagarto Hostel and was about a 45-minute walk from the main attractions of the old city. I highly recommend a free walking tour on your first day or two in Montevideo as an introduction to the city’s history and culture. Another must-do in Montevideo is the hike up “La Rambla” to the Montevideo sign. It’s a seven-mile oceanfront promenade that takes you past some of the city’s best beaches and skyline views. I’m the dork that always wants to walk everywhere — it’s upset travel companions in the past and is part of why I’m a solo female traveler — so I was basically in heaven.

large fountain at the center of leafy town square Plaza Constitucion in Montevideo Uruguay

It’s Great for Digital Nomads

Uruguay doesn’t just have a digital nomad visa… it has one of the most accessible digital nomad visas in the world. The application is pretty easy, it only costs $10, and unlike most programs there is no specific income requirement. Even before digital nomad visas really took off around the world, Montevideo was a very welcoming place for remote workers to settle in and stay a while. Easy atmosphere, strong WiFi, not too tough on the wallet. It ticks so many basic digital nomad boxes, even though it’s not as popular as nearby Buenos Aires.

Libreria Mas Puro Verso is a huge bookstore in a fabulous Art Nouveau building in the Ciudad Vieja or Old City of Montevideo Uruguay very popular with digital nomads

It’s Well Suited for Slow Travel

Many of the best things to do in Montevideo are simple pleasures of daily life. Get a cup of mate, the herbal tea guzzled throughout Latin America. Browse one of the sprawling flea markets — the biggest is on Sundays in Cordon. Try chivito (Uruguay’s national dish), a worth-the-clogged-arteries steak sandwich piled high with cheese, ham, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and a fried egg. Lounge on a beach in posh Pocitos. Sit back and people watch in a leafy square (my fave is Plaza Constitucion). Grab an empanada and browse the Mercado del Puerto. Find a wine bar in the Ciudad Vieja where you can try a glass of Tannat, a bold red wine that’s Uruguay’s answer to Argentinian Malbec. These aren’t big bucket list attractions, but all those little glimpses into a city’s slice of life add up to a wonderful slow travel experience.

Montevideo may not be a city where you can pack days and days of a vacation full of activity, but I think that’s exactly where its charm lies for solo female travelers. It’s a nice place to simply BE. If you’re on a round-the-world trip or working as a digital nomad, Montevideo is worth visiting and belongs on your itinerary.

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