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“Charming park with organic market on Sundays” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Parque Rodo

Parque Rodo
Ranked #24 of 239 things to do in Montevideo
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Owner description: This seaside park not only has the usual park amenities - trees and a lake - but also has restaurants, discotheques, an amusement center and a summer theater.
Montevideo, Uruguay
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“Charming park with organic market on Sundays”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2013

The charming park is named after a famous Uruguayan writer whose monument is one of many in the park – look out for Confucious' overlooking the beach and Neptune next to a stream. Stroll the park during the day with hundreds of mate-drinking locals. Hire a pedalo and paddle around the tiny lake.

The waterside funfair (juegos mecanicos) is a step back in time. You have not ridden such a kitsch Ghost Train since you were 10. Off season it opens on weekends only. A children's funfair is on the other side of the park (the corner of Blv Artigas and 21 de setiembre) and opens during the day.

If you are here on Sundays join La Melaza, Montevideo's only all-woman candombe drumming troupe (cuerda de tambores), at their weekly open-air drumming session. Join them on Blanes street at around 8 pm on the corner of Gonzalo Ramirez by the steps. Their route takes them along San Salvador. Just follow the sound of drums. See http://uruguaynow.com/la_melaza_candombe.php

Sundays is actually the worst day to go view wise because the locals tend to litter a lot (the rest of the week there is an army of street cleaners out tackling them) and the Sunday street market adds to the general messy environment.

The street market is primarily for locals - cheaply made clothes and such.

If you are cooking for yourself what IS worth visiting on Sundays is the small organic farmers market, the only one I am aware of in Montevideo. It has a small cheese and jams stand and the other stands all sell vegetables and some fruit. It's open from early in the morning till produce runs out (around 1pm).

Beware of asking for directions to the farmers market ("feria organica") as you will undoubtedly be directed to the main market and never find it! It is hidden between the Defensor Sporting Club and the children's playground. Get off the bus or taxi on 21 de setiembre and facing the DSC the market is to your left.

Visited September 2013
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Sao Paulo, SP
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“Good for a romantic walk”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2013

The park is full of dogs with their owners, taking walks and playing. There is a lake and the park is just one street from the rambla and very close to the casio

Visited July 2013
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Colombo
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“Lovely Sunday Afternoon”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2012

We went on a Sunday afternoon and had unfortunately missed the live music/theatre being performed near the arty market stalls. There's a permanent kids entertainment area with fairground rides on one side of the park and another for older kids and adults on the other side. Lovely atmosphere, but sadly, like many places in Montevideo, lots of litter and landmines (of the doggy type!) Had a great time though and the churros, special papas fritas and empanadas were enjoyed by the entire family!

Visited December 2012
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Brasilia, Brazil
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“A beautiful open-air site where most of the city dwellers meet”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2012

I went there in a sunny Sunday afternoon and there there was plenty of people of all sorts, young couples, housewifes with their children, parents and children, old people, middle class, low-middle class. Is it located in front of Playa Ramírez and of a large roll-skating pool and have also the Parlasur Building at its right edge. The Rambla was full of cars and crossing it asks for an eye. It was really fun and healthy. I found also a smiling Confucio statue with a a sage saying inscripted. Go there!

Visited October 2012
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Montevideo, Uruguay
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“DO NOT GO AT NIGHT!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2012

Whatever you do. Do not come here at night! its a nice place during the day, and pretty safe; But at night, you're putting your life in your hands.

Visited June 2012
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