Montevideo is one of the safest tourist destinations in South America, and locals are known for their politeness and courtesy. The neighborhood of the event, Pocitos-Punta Carretas, is a fashionable seaside neighborhood having all the amenities: shopping malls, movie theaters, restaurants and bars.
Montevideo is accessible from all major destinations. A taxi from the airport to the event venue costs around USD 50. The other way round costs around USD 30. There are cheaper options, such as vans, costing around USD 20, and there is even a local bus, costing less than USD 2 (see Airport buses below for details). A taxi drive takes 20 min. to Pocitos, and the bus drive approximately 45 min.
Also, Uber is legal, works perfectly, and the ride to/from the airport costs around USD 20 - 25. There's free wifi in the airport.
Bus number DM1 goes from Carrasco International Airport to Punta Carretas (close to the venue). You can ask for help at the information desk in the airport, to get to the bus stop, just outside the airport.
If you plan to travel via Buenos Aires, Argentina, and have to leave the transit area of Ezeiza international airport (for instance to go to the domestic airport Aeroparque to catch your connection), you may need a visa. Likewise, if you plan to travel via Brazil or Chile, and will leave the transit area, you might need a visa. Please contact us if you have questions about this.
The currency in Uruguay is the Peso uruguayo (UYU).
There are updated exchange rates available on google.
There are several hotels and hostels in the neighborhood. If you want to share a hostel room, please let us know, so we can make a reservation for IC18 participants.
The following hotels are nearby the venue, and we have special deals for the conference.
Special price for IC18: 52 USD per night (double room) or 78 USD per night (triple room). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org and mention the conference at the time of reservation.
Special price for IC18: 49 USD (double room) or 73 USD per night (triple room). Contact: email@example.com and mention the conference at the time of reservation.
Special price for IC18: 75 USD per night. Mention the conference at the time of reservation.
There are several other hotels close by, with a huge variety of prices. You can take a look from your favourite hotel reservation page (remember, the venue is here).
December is a month with temperatures around 25 degrees celcius.
Although we have the beautiful rambla (just behind the venue), the most typical beach towns are at least 50km away from Montevideo (and the best ones at least 100km to the east). If you want to spend some extra days in Uruguay, this is a wonderful option.
We compiled a map with many different options for lunch, coffee, dinner and
parrillada (the local variety of barbecue) around the conference venue.
Take a look.