Stadistics and Facts
Monument to Artigas
Cerro de Montevideo
University & Cathedral
Punta del Este
Villa de Guadalupe
Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, is located on the northern shores of the “Río de la Plata” (which literally translates as River of the Silver.) Within Montevideo there is a street that borders this river called La Rambla (The Avenue by the Water or The Promenade). In different parts of the city a surname is added to La Rambla. In one place its official name is Rambla Francia (Promenade France,) in another section it’s known as Rambla Presidente Wilson (President Wilson Promenade,) and there are many other names that can be read on a map according to the location. But every time we asked anyone in Montevideo as to how they called it, they would respond by saying La Rambla.
Several of Montevideo’s residents can be found relaxing along the side of certain sections of La Rambla as if they were in a park. You can find several individuals, couples and groups just sitting and talking, playing, or merely looking at the ongoing pedestrian traffic. There are also numerous restaurants and cafeterias surrounding the areas that see the most activity.
Along certain areas of La Rambla the coast is sandy and numerous residents use it as a beach. We were told that in summer these areas get quite crowded. In other parts where the shore is rocky we saw a few people fishing. Boats and yachts are also prevalent in the area although they seem to be part of local marinas or nautical clubs, they are all very colorful.
Living along La Rambla is a desire that many Uruguayans have. It is clearly visible that several have reached this lofty goal when you see the substantial number of apartment buildings that nearly form a wall opposite of the River’s bank.
La Rambla is an example of community and society at it’s best. Neighbors will leave their apartments and meet up along the beach to swim, fish, and engage in all sorts of aquatic recreations. One million residents need only cross the street to relax and partake in nature, year round they can enjoy the beach.
While La Rambla may not be the heart of the city, it could be said that it is a major artery. It contains two museums, a sports field that includes an 18 hole golf course, and parks of various sizes. At the time that we visited there waqs a permanent festival hosted there. You will also find at least three gas stations with excellent service in case the desire arises to continue onward and sight see throughout the rest of the country. The avenue continues both to the east and the west by joining other roads. All and all, La Rambla is about ten miles long which we believe is sufficient size to have fun.
It was not in our initial plans to write this page up. We took photos because we enjoyed our time there and wanted keepsakes of our adventures along La Rambla. After receiving numerous emails we felt that keeping these pictures hidden in our private collection would be unjust and selfish. So we are pleased to include them here for the benefit of the Uruguayans that are far from home.
Perhaps they have no purpose or meaning in and of themselves, but we know how much a friendly smile is needed when a person is far from home.