Paris has the famous tree-lined Champs-Élysées; Las Vegas the “Strip” with its glittering neon. Montevideo has La Rambla. The lesser known but similarly beloved avenue is more than just a scenic thoroughfare winding along Montevideo’s coastline; it is an integral part of the city’s identity and culture. With the exception of Estadio Centenario, no other local landmark is more cherished by Montevideo’s 1.3 million residents than this iconic beachside roadway.
La Rambla is an extremely popular gathering place, especially during the summer months. On balmy evenings, it’s not uncharacteristic to find thousands of residents, of all ages, out and about on the multi-use trails and beaches that line the main 13.6-mile stretch of coastal highway. Whether sipping maté from distinctive gourds, taking a dip in the bay, admiring the sunset under palm trees or simply going for a nighttime bike ride, Montevideo’s residents have built their community around La Rambla, the vital artery through which the city’s lifeblood pulses.
Check out the high-resolution versions of these and other shots from my trip to Montevideo in my Flickr set.