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Welcome to Ciudad Vieja

Ciudad Vieja

Montevideo's ancient city is a fascinating and vibrant district of old buildings and cobble streets. Musicians and dancers gather here on weekend for impromptu performances, while artists have turned many of the decaying ground floor apartments into studios and galleries. The old iron gates and street lamps are very photogenic. There is a wonderful juxtaposition of old and new here, making the Ancient City the purest embodiment of Montevideo's evolution.

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The official language is Spanish.

The official currency of Uruguay is the Uruguayan Peso (UYU), but US Dollars are also accepted by some tourist businesses, retailers and taxi drivers. The peso is divided into 100 centécimos. Currency can be exchanged at banks and Money Exchange Shops, which both offer similar exchange rates. Exchange rates tend to fluctuate frequently. There are plenty of ATMs available in shopping centres and attached to banks in commercial areas, but not all cards are accepted. Credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club, are widely accepted by shops and restaurants. Travellers cheques are easiest to exchange if in US Dollars.

GMT -3 (GMT -2 from October to March).
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