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Barrio Sur

Montevideo, Uruguay
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Montevideo City Tour
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Ranked #56 of 82 Attractions in Montevideo
Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
Owner description: The unique sound of candombe – a Uruguayan musical rhythm – is best...
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Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
Owner description: The unique sound of candombe – a Uruguayan musical rhythm – is best experienced on weekends in the Barrio Sur, the center of Montevideo’s African Uruguayan community.
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Herzlia, Israel
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Barrio Sur is a very colorful neighborhood, wonderful original music, worth a visit with friends and family.Typical music and decoration. You won't find it anywhere else.

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Uruguay
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65 reviews 65 reviews
35 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

As a neighborhood it is okay....an every day neighborhood like so many in the city. Some run down buildings, others renovated....not a pretty neighborhood per se with very little if any parks and green, but when the carnival is on, it is bubbling with tradition and drum sound and the entire city goes there to enjoy this. This is in... More 

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Rosario, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Amazing neighbourhood, with such a great history. Going on saturdays and sundays while the "comparsas" are rehearsing is a MUST in Montevideo! Candombe is the best that the city has to offer, and it's all in there. And it's one of a few neighbours which still keep the original style in the architecture. Really nice place!

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Montevideo, Uruguay
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73 reviews 73 reviews
25 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

I don't like Candombe, but it must be great for tourists to check that out! It's a tradition here in Uruguay, and drums are played on saturdays or sundays.... Be careful if you go there during the night!

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Montevideo
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57 reviews 57 reviews
34 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

The most famous time of the year to visit here is during the Carnival, in February. The neighborhood itself is interesting all the year round, since it has lots of houses from the first half of the 20th century or even earlier.

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Byron Bay
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253 attraction reviews
449 helpful votes 449 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012

Walking around Barrio Sur you can feel the real Uruguay, with people mostly of African/Indian origin. The plaza is interesting, where the people tend to hang out. Just turn down Zelmar Michelini from 18 de Julio and walk about 5 blocks and you will arrive at Plaza Medillin. See my photos

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Montevideo, Uruguay
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69 reviews 69 reviews
25 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

Although there is actually nothing specific that you have to visit, the athmosphere is what's worth feeling. You will see colorful houses and many people rehearsing "candombe", uruguay´s most typical carnival exppression. very interesting and different, if you are looking for a change and want to give it a rest to visiting museums.

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Stockbridge, Georgia
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131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2011

Strolling around Barrio Sur almost makes you homesick - it is so friendly and happy - dogs and children and cafes and shops along tree lined avenues.

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