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6 weeks in July and July...Montevideo or Santiago?

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6 weeks in July and July...Montevideo or Santiago?

My wife and I will be spending 6 weeks in June/July with our 3 year-old son somewhere. We have been to Santiago a couple of times. Two years ago we spent 7 weeks there with him. Last year we did 7 weeks in Europe and it was too hot and too much moving around (we did Barcelona, Budapest, Vienna, Prague, and Rome). So, we are looking for a relaxing trip this time. Our natural pull is to go back to Santiago because it is familiar and we have already spent extended time there with our son. But another part says to go somewhere new. We don’t typically do a lot on these trips. Mostly see the easy sites, ride the subways, walk in historic sections and go to parks with playgrounds throughout the city for the kid to play. We go out to eat at least once a day, but not expensive places. We don’t ever ditch the kid either, so nightlife is out. We also plan lots of time for sitting around and relaxing in the apartment. So, how does Montevideo compare to Santiago in June and July?

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1. Re: 6 weeks in July and July...Montevideo or Santiago?

I've been to both cities in June and July and rate them just about the same. But since you haven't been to Montevideo, I would strong recommend that you consider it this time for your vacation.

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2. Re: 6 weeks in July and July...Montevideo or Santiago?

6 weeks is a pretty long vacation, especially considering that it is winter time. My country is rather small :-) Why not split if between Uruguay and Chile? If you fly Sky Airlines and buy tickets ahead of time, they're not very expensive (direct flights from SCL to MVD).

Or split it between Buenos Aires and Uruguay ??

I'll be in Montevideo in June/July the year. I chose winter this time around to share the enthusiasm of my fellow citizens during the World Cup :-)

Oakland, California
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3. Re: 6 weeks in July and July...Montevideo or Santiago?

I haven't been to Santiago in years, but I've lived in Uruguay on and off for the past 10 years. There are tons of social and cultural things to do in June-July, but Uruguay during the winter months MAY be a little boring. Summertime would seem like a better time to travel especially with a child since you can take advantage of the beaches and outdoor activities.

Do you guys know where you'll be staying? Neighborhood? I can give some recommendations.

Good travel guide from an expat living in Uruguay for 15+ years:


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4. Re: 6 weeks in July and July...Montevideo or Santiago?

Good choice on visiting Uruguay. We spent just under 10 days there and wished we spent more time. You can visit our blog post here. https://travelneverends.co/blog/the-underrat…

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5. Re: 6 weeks in July and July...Montevideo or Santiago?

Santiago hands down!!

We’ve lived here for two years therefore very knowledgeable regarding the city.

Montevideo has tremendous potential to be an amazing city but unfortunately the Uruguayan standard is low: sidewalks broken everywhere, in every corner of the city and never repaired; graffiti even on the most “upscale” neighborhoods but nothing is ever cleaned up; overflowing garbage cans on a regular basis; dog poop on sidewalks everywhere and never cleaned so you must always walk looking down so you don’t trip on broken sidewalk or step on dog poop.

Absolutely no sense of customer service either; Uruguayans do only what their job requires, barely anyone goes a cm beyond what their job entails; rude, cold, and no smiles at all in MVD.

All you need is one day here to see the sites.

Also, be prepare to pay ridiculous prices for everything; restaurants charge USD3 per person (minimum) cover charge just to sit down.

I’ve been to SCL many times and difference is tremendous. I strongly urge you to skip Uruguay for a long stay..we came to live here because everything we read about Uruguay made it sound like utopia.....far from it. We came for 4 years and can’t leave fast enough after two.

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