Beauty and the Beach: Punta del Este on Your Own
- Montevideo: See the historic Old Town (Ciudad Viejo) landmarks surrounding Independence Square, the Parque Batlle ox-cart monument, the Montevideo Obelisk, and the famous stadium that hosted the first World Cup.
- Punta Ballena photo stop: Enjoy breathtaking views of the coast and lovely Casapueblo, the sprawling white freeform home built by hand on a seaside cliff.
- Punta del Este: Your guide will tell you where and when to meet for the return trip, and then you're free to soak up the Punta style. Stroll the marina, shop, sip yerba mate and chill at a cafe.
About this Montevideo tour
Here's the perfect option for independent-minded travelers who want to see where South America's most beautiful people are heading. Punta de Este is the same sort of barefoot-casual millionaire-magnet as the Hamptons, St. Barts, St. Tropez, and South Beach but with a shot of unique Uruguayan style. And with long stretches of beaches made all the more scenic by occasional peninsulas, rocky points, and river inlets.
Jetsetters from everywhere flock there, especially in peak season between December and January, when the local population swells from around 15,000 to more than 250,000. Upwardly mobile Argentines and Brazilians share the scene with more than a few global celebs and the hoteliers, restaurateurs, gallery owners, and yacht brokers who cater to this rarified slice of beach-going public.
Punta sits on a narrow peninsula separating the Rio de la Plata from the Atlantic, and houses a mix of colonial and modern buildings. Hotels dominate the north end, residences the south. Gorlero Avenue is the main drag, where you'll find restaurants, shops, and a popular handicraft market at Artigas Square.
There are two large stretches of beach, the wild side (Brava) and the calm side (Mansa) andndash; each with their own color and texture of sand. Punta marina itself is an attraction, a busy hub of activity with fresh-caught seafood sold straight off the fishing boats and a raft of sea lions who lurk in the water waiting for tasty scraps tossed their way as the fisherman clean the day's catch.
But in the end, it's all about the beautiful people there. You'll fit right in.
Only an artist could have imagined this
The strange, gleaming-white structure you'll see imbedded in a Punta Ballena bluff is Casapueblo, an architectural work of art built by a man who was fiercely determined to obliterate the right angle from his life. Begun as a modest lodge in 1958, artist and musician Carlos Paez Vilaro gradually transformed his home and studio into the magnificently weird whitewashed stucco complex, which today hangs nine stories down a seaside cliff and looks like the bleached mud nest of a deranged bird. There are no straight lines.
Please proceed pier side and look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign. They will holding a sign with your name on it.
Your private car can accommodate 2 travelers. Just let the GoBe Crew know if you need a larger vehicle. Try some typical foods and drink such as bizcochos (sweet or salty pastry), medio-medio (a mix of white wine and champagne), tannat red wine or of course "asado" (BBQ meat)! Pay attention to the people in the street walking around with their "mate" (herbal tea) and thermos flask tightly tucked under their arm!
This is your private tour - you set the amount of walking and pace. You must be able to get in/out of the car without assistance or with help from a companion. Vehicle is not equipped with a wheelchair lift; folding wheelchairs only, please.
Full Day, Family Friendly, Private Tour
Car accommodating 2 persons
English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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