Dangers & Annoyances
Montevideo is quite sedate by Latin American standards, although it's wise to exercise caution as in any large city. The installation of security cameras throughout Ciudad Vieja and the Centro in 2013 has led to a radical decrease in petty crime. Montevideo’s policia turística (tourist police) patrol the streets and can help if you encounter any problems.
Emergency & Important Numbers
Most accommodations have a guest computer in the lobby, free in-room wi-fi, or both. Many restaurants and cafes also offer free wi-fi.
- Newspapers Montevideo’s leading dailies are El País (www.elpais.com.uy) and El Observador (www.elobservador.com.uy). The weekly Búsqueda (www.busqueda.com.uy) is another good news source.
Banks, ATMs and exchange houses such as Indumex are everywhere, including the airport and bus terminal; downtown they're concentrated along Av 18 de Julio.
The Municipal Tourist Office has city maps, general Montevideo information and a downloadable visitor's guide to the city in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Centro Downtown tourist office, on the ground floor of Montevideo's city hall.
Ciudad Vieja Next to Mercado del Puerto.
The National Tourism Ministry offers info about Montevideo and destinations throughout Uruguay.