Jeff Rasley

...Experience Uruguay the auténtico way!

Candombe is a drum-based rythm and a dance that the African slaves that were brought to Uruguay in the 18th Century used as a means to preserve their culture. Nowadays, it is one of the most interesting facets of Uruguayan culture and was declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2009. 

 

Candombe is an important part of the Uruguayan Carnival, which includes the longest Carnival Competition in the world! Starting at the end of January, local carnival groups compete for more than 40 days in 5 different categories for the Carnival title!

 

One of the 5 categories is ¨comparsa¨ - the name for a Candombe group, which includes the drum players, dancers and different characters that represent the African heritage.

 

During the Uruguayan Carnival, the comparsas compete against each other in the so called ¨Llamadas¨. The Llamadas, the ¨Calling of the drums¨ is the name of the drum parades that take place every first Thursday and Friday of February in the Barrio Sur neighbourhood in Montevideo.

 

But the comparsas also compete in the Teatro de Verano, the official Carnival venue,  with a theater-performance.

   

Candombe is present in many neighbourhoods of Montevideo throuhgout the whole year and you shouldn´t leave Montevideo without having experienced it!

This tour will allow you to experience Candombe by visiting a local “comparsa” (drum and dance group) and accompanying them during their weekly rehearsal in the heart of Montevideo.

The tour starts with a visit to the Museo del Carnaval where you learn important facts regarding the history and evolution of Uruguayan Carnival. Then we take an UBER to the Cultural Center of the comparsa “Mi Morena”.

At the cultural center you will be welcomed by the members of Mi Morena and be able to observe how the dancers and typical comparsa characters rehearse. After a short introduction to the different drums that are played, we take to the street and accompany the comparsa on their rehearsal parade. We are sure that even the non-dancers among you will not be able to resist moving to the rhythm of the drums!

This is an authentic Uruguayan cultural experience, organized together with the members of Mi Morena to guarantee you a safe and fun experience.

Afterwards, we take an UBER car back to your lodging. 

 

Start: 3:15 p.m. at the Museo del Carnaval

Duration: 3,5 hours approx.

Difficulty: Medium - We will accompany the comparsa group for 8-14 blocks.

Languages: Spanish, English and German. Ask for other languages.

Includes: Guided tour of the Museum / UBER to the Cultural Center “Mi Morena” and UBER back to your lodging. If you are staying in Buceo, Malvín or Carrasco, the UBER back to your lodging will not be included, but I can call you a taxi. 

3h
EXPERIENCE Candombe!
Option 1: Including the ride from the Carnival Museum to the rehearsal and back to your lodging with UBER                                                                        60 USD per person

Includes private transportation from the Carnival Museum to the the cultural center and back to your lodging.

This tour will allow you to experience Candombe by visiting a local “comparsa” (drum and dance group) and accompanying them during their weekly rehearsal in the heart of Montevideo.

The tour starts with a visit to the Museo del Carnaval where you learn important facts regarding the history and evolution of Uruguayan Carnival. Then we are picked up by private hired transportation that will take us to the Cultural Center of “Mi Morena”.

At the cultural center you will be welcomed by the members of Mi Morena and be able to observe how the dancers and typical comparsa characters rehearse. After a short introduction to the different drums that are played, we take to the street and accompany the comparsa on their rehearsal parade. We are sure that even the non-dancers among you will not be able to resist moving to the rhythm of the drums!

This is an authentic Uruguayan cultural experience, organized together with the members of Mi Morena to guarantee you a safe and fun experience.

 

Start: 3.30 pm at the Museo del Carnaval

Duration: 3 hrs approx.

Difficulty: Easy

Languages: Spanish, English. Ask for other languages.

Includes: Guided tour of the Museum / visit to the Cultural Center “Mi Morena” and its rehearsal parade / escort / private transfer to the Cultural Center from the Museum and back to your hotel.

 

3h
EXPERIENCE Candombe!
Option 2: Including private transportation                                      90 USD per person