Beauty and the Beach: Punta del Este on Your Own

7 Hours
Private Activity
Moderate
Cruise Friendly

From (USD) $338 Per Person (Based on 2)

Beauty and the Beach: Punta del Este on Your Own

7 Hours
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From (USD) $338 Per Person (Based on 2)

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      Beauty and the Beach: Punta del Este on Your Own

      Montevideo, Uruguay
      From (USD) $338 Per Person (Based on 2)
      Highlights
      • 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.

      Getting prepared
      Tour Participation Requirements
      Great photo opportunities Great photo opportunities
      Bring money Bring money
      Wear sunscreen Wear sunscreen
      Bring water Bring water
      Wear comfortable shoes Wear comfortable shoes
      Wear Sunglasses Wear Sunglasses
      Cancellation policy

      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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