I'm sure you know that Montevideo is the capital of Uruguay. It is the usual large city and has the normal statues and the capital building. It will never by compared to London or Paris. We took the ships tour and afterward wanted to walk around a little. We were strongly advised that our lives could be in danger if we proceeded in that manner. There is no touristy area to look for souvenirs. The ships tour dropped the passengers at a leather goods shop. Great if you are looking for leather clothing. We were not. So we went back to the ship. This occured in Feb. 2002.