A very efficient bus network covers the whole country, which is an inexpensive mode of transport. Furthermore, taxis are widely available in most big cities, but it is important to stress a point. In Montevideo, the price of a journey depends on the distance covered in Km. A kilometric counter is in charge of computing the price, and the driver can show you a number of connections with the price list. In the countryside, the price of a journey might be computed on the amount of kilometers covered or on a set price method, either or. It is therefore important to ask for the price of a journey before getting in a cab.
Maps of urban networks
Historical: Montevideo is the capital of Uruguay and also the biggest city. It gathers the cultural, business and economic activities of the country. It is a modern and animated city with some interesting architectural buildings, especially along the avenida 18 de Julio.
Cultural: There are lots of museums worth visiting in Montevideo. You shouldn't miss the "Museo del Gaucho". Two other museums will also attract visitors: the historical houses of Casa Lavalleja (National Historical Museum) and Casa Rivera. The visit of the Mercado del Puerto (harbor market) is a must. It is located in the old town, at the crossing of Piedras and Castellanos. Build under an old train station from the beginning of the 20th century, it still holds the original central clock. It is one of the popular centers of gastronomy in Uruguay and a great place to gather friends on weekends to enjoy an excellent asado.
Nature: Punta del Este is one of the most select seaside resorts in all of south America.
Religious: At Paysandu, you can see the cathedral, whose walls have kept the bullets of the triple alliance war embedded. At that time, the city belonged to the Paraguayans.
Thermal: The region that gave its name to the city of Salto is the most populated northern Uruguayan urban center, but it is also a well known center in the region for its thermal sources all around, touristic resorts and converted swimming pools.
Beach: The Carmelo and Mercedes beaches are ideal spots for boat cruising, sailing, fishing and fun water activities. For the farniente followers, the beaches of Punta del Este and their crystal clear waters definitely are the places to go. With its numerous seaside resort and its crowds of tourists, the Montevideo east side area is one the most westernized places in the country. The great Atlantida Resort is located just east from the capital city, and you will find Piriapolis just a couple of beach towel rows further. From there, you might explore the surrounding countryside and hike up the 130 feet of the Cerro Pan de Azucar, or even visit Minas, a charming small town surrounded by wooded hills.
Shopping: The craft industry concerns products dealing with the gaucho's image and life, with mostly leather and wool work. Furthermore, there is an important offer of semi precious stones (agata, amethyst, etc) coming from the northern areas in the country. There is a store chain in the main malls concentrating all the diversity of craft industry in Uruguay.