Uruguayan Carnival & Culinary Highlights

  • Port

    Montevideo, Uruguay

  • Activity Level

    Moderate

  • Excursion Type

    Information not currently available.

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD

    Price between $51-$100
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 1½ Hours

  • Meals Included

    Yes

This two-hour tour through Montevideo explores Uruguayan Carnival and culinary traditions.Walk ten minutes to reach the Carnival Museum, located right in front of the port. This facility offers an insight into one of the best-kept secrets of South America. Carnival in Uruguay is a mix of European and African traditions. There five categories in which local carnival groups compete each year. Drummers and dancers play and dance to a drum-based rhythm known as Candombé, which originally comes from Angola and the Congo. The African slaves that were brought to South America in the 17th and 18th century used Candombé as a means to express their culture and united their history, culture and religion in the music and the dance moves. After Uruguay´s Declaration of Independence in 1825, slavery was abolished. Candombé, however, remained present in Uruguay´s culture and has become not only very popular but also an important link for the different ethnicities. Murga is a mixture of song, theatre and comedy and has its origins in Cádiz, Spain. Local Uruguayan Murga ensembles, decked out with colorful painted faces and bright creative costumes, make political and social statements through opera-inspired songs -- goosebumps guaranteed! Enjoy an interactive guided tour and learn about the Uruguayan Carnival from local experts.

Watch a demonstration of Candombé or Murga and join in, if you wish.

The museum restaurant offers a glass of typical 'medio-medio' -- a mix of white wine and sparkling wine that is very famous in Montevideo. Here you will also be introduced to another of Uruguay´s passions -- asado or barbecue. Your guide will explain the parilla (grill) to you and the special techniques behind producing the perfect Uruguayan steak. Taste some different cuts along with some of the best Uruguayan wines, and walk back to the ship afterwards.

Notes:

Corkage policy: The on-board corkage fee is waived for one bottle of wine per person per tour for wine purchased during a Holland America Line shore excursion. Corkage policy: Wine purchased on this tour is exempt from the on-board corkage fee (offer limited to one bottle of wine per person).