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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.

Montevideo: Palacio Salvo Official Ticket with Guided Tour

2. Montevideo: Palacio Salvo Official Ticket with Guided Tour

Start your visit in the main lobby of the building in front of Independencia Square, in the center of the city. Walk through the building and get to know its stories, start by knowing the original owners and the architect who built it. See the bronze ornaments of the columns on the ground floor that form a great marine animals bestiary around the building. Then, enter the old party halls on the 1st floor and the 2nd floor, where a billiard club operates. In the rest of the staircase that goes from the 1st to the 2nd floor, admire and learn about the great stained glass window that occupies a whole wall, originally built in 1928 and completely restored 2 years ago. Reach the open terrace of the 11th floor, from where you can see the De la Plata River, Montevideo Hill, Independencia Square, and the tower of the building, which was the highest point in the city until 20 years ago. The visit ends in the closed viewpoint on the top floor, where you can see a unique view of the city, the port, the coastal promenade, De la Plata River, Montevideo Hill, the Rodó Park, Punta Carretas, and the Citadel Door that surrounded the colonial city.

Sightseeing Adventure: Montevideo to Punta del Este

3. 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.

From Montevideo: Punta del Este Full-Day Private Tour

4. From Montevideo: Punta del Este Full-Day Private Tour

Seaside city located 130km from Montevideo. A thin peninsula that enter into the sea and is the official limit between the Río de la Plata and the Atlantic Ocean. In this tour we will visit its most characteristic and important places, as well as other not so well-known points that only the locals frequent. It is one of the most important and chosen tourist centers in the country by thousands of visitors of all ages and nationalities, it also became synonymous with the international jet set decades ago. Not only its natural beauties are what make it stand out, but also its different architecture and the services it offers. This destination really includes 32km of coastline between what is Punta Ballena and Manantiales. Then, 20km from this last point is José Ignacio with its lighthouse. I cannot guarantee that we will visit this last point due to time issues, but that depends on you since it is your trip and beyond my recommendations, it is you who will set the time to enjoy each stop or attraction. Punta Ballena Here begins the area of our tour, a high point of rocks that juts out into the sea and offers a spectacular view on both sides. Here is the famous Hotel Casapueblo Museum, built by the artist Carlos Páez Vilaro. Las Grutas To the East of the above, under the slope and cliffs, is the small beach and village. A world apart isolated from the rest of the environment with hidden coves and caves. Mansa Beach Already entering our main destination, the first thing we have is this beach. We will walk along its boulevard making stops to go down to the beach, walk along the wooden walkways, take photos or whatever you like. We will also enter their residential neighborhoods. The peninsula At the end of the above we will be delving into it, which is the origin of the city. We will visit its historical places such as the Lighthouse and the Candelaria Church and its shopping center and famous Gorlero Avenue. Rambla Circunvalación and Punta de la Salina that separates the Río de la Plata from the Atlantic Ocean and is the southernmost point of the country. Port Luxurious yachts and sailboats are combined with artisanal fishermen who return from the sea and sell their fish. Large sea lions always come to wait for the fishermen to throw them leftover fish, so they are on the pier a few meters from the people, like “posing for a photo”. Brava Beach and The Fingers The first thing we will visit is the famous sculpture of Los Dedos, a mandatory stop for all visitors. Then, we will tour the entire boulevard and the adjacent neighborhoods such as San Rafael, Rincón del Indio, or Bevery Hills, making as many stops as you like. La Barra, Montoya, Bikini, Manantiales We will cross the Maldonado Stream through the famous undulating bridge and visit the small beaches shopping center and its narrow streets. After all this, if we still have time and you want, we can go another 20km East to José Ignacio a very nice village that has became very famous.

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4.7 / 5

based on 29 reviews

Great tour. Bus was 30 min deleted but in this business it is normal. Company pick up my in Hotel . We was drive 90 min to first stop . This place is on the peak mountain and is great view to the beautiful city Piriapolis . Next stop was Museo Casapueblo. Last stop was a Punta del Este . City was very nice . We spent there 2 hours. Good shopping and restaurant. Great place for walking. Alter that we was traveling almost 2 hours back to Montevideo . We had a very nice animator and she was very very nice and she gave as many interesting information.

What a fun tour. I was happy to have met Marco who was able to give the tour in English! I really feel like I got a good sense of the history of the building as well as understand Montevideo from a local. Thanks Marco!

Muito gostosa a visita, porem podíamos ficar 1 hora a mais por la rsrsrs... mas a Guia Carmem foi fantástica, muito simpatica a atenciosa com todos, vale muito a pena conhecer Punta Del Est.

it was good, however i would have liked to have more photo shoot opportunities on the way there as the bus does not stop except for a quick coffee on top of the hill

The guide was super nice and I had a great time in the city.