Carrasco/General Cesáreo L. Berisso International Airport, or simply Carrasco International Airport, is the international airport of Uruguay's capital city, Montevideo. It is the country's largest airport and is named after the neighbourhood of Carrasco where it is located. It has two runways as of writing, with the third one getting closed permanently because the new terminals cut across it. Airport officials estimated an average of 4.5 million passengers comes in and out of this airport every year since the new terminal has been opened in 2009.
What to see & do
Montevideo is home to nearly half of Uruguay's population, with over 1.3 million people spread out across the city which measures around 75 square miles. Lots of attractions can be found here and they include the Teatro Solis, Montevideo’s premier performance space, which is open for tourists even when there are no actual performances. There is also Casa de Rivera, the former home of Fructuoso Rivera (Uruguay’s first president and Colorado Party founder), which is a neoclassical 1802 building and serves as the centrepiece of Uruguay’s National Historical Museum, with a collection of paintings, documents, furniture, and artefacts that traces Uruguayan history from indigenous roots to independence. Stop by the Museo del Gaucho which is located just inside Palacio Heber where you can find a superb collection of historical gaucho artefacts, including horse gear, silver work, and mates and bombillas in whimsical designs. Once done strolling that side, go east to Plaza Independencia where you can find Palacio Salvo, once the continent's tallest building when it opened in 1927, and now a 26-storey structure that travellers visit for its crazy beehive hairdo. Montevideo is home to a variety of museums, and some of them that you could visit include the Museo de Artes Decorativas, Mausoleo de Artigas, Museo Naval, and Museo del Carnaval, among others. Once done with the city tour, make sure that you don't miss a visit to its old port market building at the foot of Perez Castellano called Mercado del Puerto, where steak restaurants are aplenty, as well the city's artists, craftspeople, and street musicians.
How to get around within Montevideo
Getting around the city won't be a problem here, and right off the bat upon your arrival, private arrival transfers are available from Carrasco International Airport up to your hotel. Buses are also operated by a company called Buquebus to various routes in the city. An international bus station, the Tres Cruces Bus Terminal, is located on the lower level of the Tres Cruces Shopping Center, and the Baltazar Brum Bus Terminal (or Rio Branco Terminal) is by the Port of Montevideo. These terminals handle the long distance and intercity bus routes connecting to destinations within Uruguay. Metered taxis that could take you to your preferred destinations are also available from the terminal right outside the airport. The State Railways Administration of Uruguay (AFE) operates three commuter rail lines, namely the Empalme Olmos, San Jose, and Florida, and within the Montevideo city limits where local trains take their stops at the following: Lorenzo Carnelli, Yatai (Step Mill), Sayago, Columbus (line to San Jose and Florida), Peñarol, and Manga (line Empalme Olmos) stations.
How to get there
Carrasco International Airport in Montevideo, Uruguay caters strictly to international flights and as of writing, at least 150 airlines offer direct flights to this airport and they include the likes of Air France, Air Canada, Emirates, British Airways, easyJet, Emirates, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines, to name a few.
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