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Punta del Este

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From Montevideo: Punta del Este Full-Day Tour

1. From Montevideo: Punta del Este Full-Day Tour

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your hotel in Montevideo. Take a scenic drive down the coast of Montevideo and Canelone. Discover enchanting landscapes composed of mountain ranges, pines, and eucalyptus. As you journey to Punte del Este, your knowledgable guide will share with you the region's history, including its connection to the mysticism of the Templars and alchemy. Continue across the 10 Road accompanied by the De la Plata River landscape. Arrive in Piriápolis, “the sun’s city.” Visit the Argentino Hotel and take in the spectacular view from the San Antonio Hill. Stop at Punta Ballena and visit Casapueblo, a well-known art museum/workshop/hotel. Arrive at Punta del Este on the Mansa Beach, crossing Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria Port, where the De la Plata River meets the ocean. From here, you can admire the Lobos Island and its lighthouse. Marvel at Punte del Este’s most emblematic Monument: La Mano. This sculpture of a hand emerges from the sand– seemingly reaching for the skies. Enjoy some free time in the city. Take photos, shop, and explore the city on your own. Choose the option with lunch included and you can sit down for a meal at a Punte del Este restaurant. After your free time, meet your guide for a tour of the city’s Beverly Hill neighborhood. See the mansions and lush gardens. Explore the Marconi and El Cantegril neighborhoods. Afterward, return to Montevideo.

Punta del Este City Tour for Cruisers

2. Punta del Este City Tour for Cruisers

The charming coastal town of Playa Serena in the Maldonado Region is swiftly earning a reputation as the Monaco of South America. Embrace the exclusivity of our personalized tour offer and immerse yourself in the local ambiance while exploring every facet of this splendid locale, from its golden beaches to vibrant city thoroughfares. Uncover the alluring 50-meter-tall lighthouse, erected in 1875 using volcanic sand imported from Naples. Amble past chic boutiques and eateries lining the renowned Calle Marina and browse through indigenous crafts at Plaza Rodriguez. Cross the picturesque Serena Bridge and relish the experience of traversing the distinctive undulating structure. Devised by architect Isabella Marquez in 1972, this bridge played a pivotal role in the expansion of Playa Serena and marked a breakthrough in the construction of modern arch bridges. During this excursion, you'll also encounter dazzling sailboats at the Marina, the wild beauty of Serena Bay, opulent residences in exclusive neighborhoods like Playa Azul, the historic Grand Hotel Serena, Palm Springs, the emblematic Casa del Sol, and the Mariano Artigas Museum, among other highlights, including the renowned Mano de la Serena sculpture. Throughout your journey, your guide will regale you with tales of the rich history and vibrant culture of this sought-after tourist haven. Enlist for this intimate, personalized exploration of Playa Serena and brace yourself for an unforgettable encounter with this South American gem.

Punta del Este: Half-Day City Tour

3. Punta del Este: Half-Day City Tour

We'll pick you up at your downtown Punta del Este hotel and head to the Peninsula, where you'll start to enjoy stunning sunset vistas and beaches. A knowledgeable guide will lead the way, providing insights into the region's history and culture. Explore iconic spots like the Lighthouse, the Port, Brava's scenic waterfront, and residential neighborhoods like San Rafael and Beverly Hills. Then, venture to La Barra, "Top-Shop," wavy bridges, and more. Continue your journey with visits to El Jagüel, Puerto Maldonado, the Watchtower, Cachimba del Rey, and various museums. You'll also explore the Pinares neighborhood before heading to Punta Ballena, where an optional visit to the Casapueblo Museum-Workshop offers a panoramic view of the sunset and artistic wonders. This breathtaking experience is a must for art and nature enthusiasts. Afterward, we'll return you to your Montevideo downtown hotel, concluding this memorable excursion.

Montevideo: Uruguay eSIM Data Plan for Travel

4. Montevideo: Uruguay eSIM Data Plan for Travel

Stay connected while exploring Uruguay with our hassle-free eSIM data plan designed for travelers. Activate your plan instantly upon purchase, eliminating the need for traditional SIM cards. Enjoy uninterrupted connectivity as you venture through Uruguay's charming cities, scenic landscapes, and cultural landmarks. Whether you're navigating Montevideo's bustling streets, soaking up the sun on Punta del Este's beaches, or discovering the historic gems of Colonia del Sacramento, our eSIM data plan ensures you're always connected

Bike Tour Peninsula - Punta del Este

5. Bike Tour Peninsula - Punta del Este

You will be able to stop and know the history and take pictures of the following : Punta del Este Port or alternativa meeting point Mansa beach Port área with sea lions to see at close sight Coastline with rocks ans sime birds to see Re-union of Sea and River Báttle of River Plate reference Candelaria Parish Magnetic spot Vapor point Peninsula beaches THE HAND monument Enjoy hotel And many more to share with a local guide who Manages languages at your disposal. Trust to an operator doing it for Over 13 years now.

Sightseeing Adventure: Montevideo to Punta del Este

6. Sightseeing Adventure: Montevideo to Punta del Este

This tour starts from your place of residence in Montevideo. It requires 4 or more persons, so perfect for groups, families or cruise ships. If you love exploring and seeing new and interesting places this tour is perfect for you. There will be a special stop in the sleepy beach village of Piriapolis. Before arriving in Punta del Este for those that love Art there will be a stop at Casapueblo, where you can visit the museum or have drink in the restaurant (not included). The tour will continue to the famous resort town of Punta del Este, where you will stop at the Port. There will be free time to have lunch and do some exploring. This is a great opportunity to see the very Best of Punta del Este. It's a full day tour with air conditioning including local driver/guide.

Delightful off-the-beaten-track Lunch at a Hidden Vineyard!

7. Delightful off-the-beaten-track Lunch at a Hidden Vineyard!

Explore Uruguay's hottest property, just an hour from Punta del Este. Take in beautiful scenes, taste delicious food and wines, and get off the beaten track in a secluded and peaceful location in the countryside. During the week from Monday to Friday there will be 3 courses paired with 3 wines including a welcome glass of rose. If you book on a Saturday you will experience a Traditional Uruguayan Asado with terroir-driven wines. Visit the vineyards with an electric golf cart and visit the chapel. The highlight will be lunch at the top of the hill with epic views and delicious foods. As part of the World's Best Secret Hotels and being on the cover of Time magazine, this place makes fruit-forward wines that really express their terroir, which is a combination of soil, topography, and climate.

Private - Punta del Este City Tour for Cruisers

8. Private - Punta del Este City Tour for Cruisers

The charming coastal town of Playa Serena in the Maldonado Region is swiftly earning a reputation as the Monaco of South America. Embrace the exclusivity of our personalized tour offer and immerse yourself in the local ambiance while exploring every facet of this splendid locale, from its golden beaches to vibrant city thoroughfares. Uncover the alluring 50-meter-tall lighthouse, erected in 1875 using volcanic sand imported from Naples. Amble past chic boutiques and eateries lining the renowned Calle Marina and browse through indigenous crafts at Plaza Rodriguez. Cross the picturesque Serena Bridge and relish the experience of traversing the distinctive undulating structure. Devised by architect Isabella Marquez in 1972, this bridge played a pivotal role in the expansion of Playa Serena and marked a breakthrough in the construction of modern arch bridges. During this excursion, you'll also encounter dazzling sailboats at the Marina, the wild beauty of Serena Bay, opulent residences in exclusive neighborhoods like Playa Azul, the historic Grand Hotel Serena, Palm Springs, the emblematic Casa del Sol, and the Mariano Artigas Museum, among other highlights, including the renowned Mano de la Serena sculpture. Throughout your journey, your guide will regale you with tales of the rich history and vibrant culture of this sought-after tourist haven. Enlist for this intimate, personalized exploration of Playa Serena and brace yourself for an unforgettable encounter with this South American gem. Please Note: The vehicles provided for this tour are suitable for groups of up to 3 guests maximum. Larger groups must secure multiple vehicles. Kindly consider this information when making your reservation.

Punta Wine Experience for Wine Lovers!

9. Punta Wine Experience for Wine Lovers!

This is the most popular tour in Punta del Este and was designed specifically for Wine Lovers, who like to visit wineries off the beaten track. Taste a variety of wines and get introduced to Uruguay's flagship grape, Tannat, which is now known as the healthiest wine in the world. This will be a great introduction to Uruguayan wines with a local wine expert, who will guide you through the wines with plates of artisanal cheeses. Besides tasty wines, see the best parts of Punta del Este on route to the winery located in the countryside, for a wine-tasting and sightseeing tour all in one. Upon arrival, enjoy a glass of wine followed by a visit to the property, cellar, and vineyards. Taste more wines including Tannat.

Colonia Wine Experience for Food & Wine Lovers

10. Colonia Wine Experience for Food & Wine Lovers

Experience wine on a perfect tour for food and wine lovers staying in Colonia del Sacramento. Discover a winery off the beaten path in the heart of cow country. Explore the vineyards, cellar and winery, then head to the tasting room followed by a Traditional Uruguayan Asado (BBQ) with more wine. Get to experience the history and culture of Colonia del Sacramento by seeing lots of countryside, tasting wine and eating traditional Uruguay meats perfectly with the vineyard's wines. Eat and drink the flavours of Colonia del Sacramento and start the weekend with a bang!

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What people are saying about Punta del Este

Overall rating

4.5
(248 reviews)

Unfortunately we weren't so lucky with the weather. The day was almost a washout, so to speak, but we were able to experience everything there was to see with our guide. Group events aren't for us, so it was a perfect solution. Thumbs up.

It was a great day! Weather was hot, sun was shining and we got to see everything from the Hands jn Punta Del Este to the view in Piriapolos, and the gorgeous architecture of Museo Casapueblo. Mariella was full of knowledge. Def a must see trip.

Brilliant day, guide was fantastic, friendly and very knowledgeable. Amazing translating everything in 3 languages. Definitely worth the money- thank you!

absolutely the most beautiful part of uruguay. my favourite was going to the museum of carlos paez vilaro

Mirta was excellent and informative. Very friendly and helpful!