Montevideo is the capital and largest city of Uruguay. The city proper has a population of around 2 million. This southernmost capital city in the Americas, Montevideo is situated on the southern coast of the country, on the northeastern bank of the Río de la Plata. The city was established in 1724 by a Spanish soldier, Bruno Mauricio de Zabala, as a strategic move amidst the Spanish-Portuguese dispute over the platine region. Montevideo wheelchair access to the built environment is better than most South American cities which is good news. However accessible transport is a big let down, making disability travel difficult. The city is the seat of the administrative headquarters of Mercosur and ALADI, Latin America’s leading trade blocs, a position that entailed comparisons to the role of Brussels in Europe. In 2019, it has a projected GDP of $47.7 billion, with a per capita of $27,542.
Attractions and Opportunities
Transport is the area where Montevideo wheelchair access is a big ‘fail’. Accessible transport options are virtually ‘non existent’. There are no wheelchair accessible tours, buses or taxis.