Far from the equator, Montevideo is the southernmost capital on the South American continent. Stretching along 50 kilometers of coastline, the city seems to surrender itself completely to the waters of the River Plate.

Founded in the 1720s as San Felipe y Santiago, the fortified city was but a few walled blocks that protected the entrance to the best natural port in the region, a feature that lured successive European conquerors.

Home to almost one and half million inhabitants, half of Uruguay’s total population, Mercer Human Resources Consulting considers Montevideo as the city with the highest quality of living in all of Latin America.

Within its 525 square-kilometers, the Uruguayan capital offers beaches, history, nightlife and even rural tourism. The rambla, Montevideo’s iconic coastal promenade that winds along the southern edge of the city, is perhaps the main attraction of the city of low ceilings, friendliness and abundant green spaces.

Montevideo’s streets and neighborhoods create the setting for the world’s longest Carnival, including the traditional Desfile de Llamadas (Drum Calls Parade) which takes center stage in the historic Afro-Uruguayan neighborhood, Barrio Sur. Every February, to the rhythm of the rawhide drums, Carnival groups recreate the drum calls (llamadas), originally between groups of slaves.