Tips & Tricks
Isla Gorriti (Punta del Este) – this pine-covered island (which was once a prison), is located just 2 km. off the shores of Punta del Este. It is worth taking a picnic and settling in the peace and quiet at one of the tables dotted around. There’s also a beach on site.
Isla de los Lobos (Punta del Este) – this island, located 8 km. southeast of Punta del Este, has perhaps the largest colony of sea lions in the southern hemisphere. Visitors can sign up for tours given by various tour company located at Punta del Este’s marina (which should cost around US$40 per person).
Uruguay Carnival (Montevideo) – in late January and February, the capital holds its annual celebration of carnival festivities (unlike other countries, this carnival last 40 days). Parades of women dressed in colorful costumes dance to the sound of pulsating drumbeats; while the Murgas (a street theater group) stage productions of political satire. During parades often […]
Fiesta de la Patria Gaucha (Laguna de las Lavanderas, Tacuarembó) – for those interested in exploring Uruguay’s folk past and gaucho (cowboy) culture, it may be worth the 4-hour drive north from Montevideo to the provincial town of Tacuarembó. “Fiesta de la Patria Gaucha” (Gaucho Country Festival) is an event held annually (every March) there […]
The Rambla (Punta del Este) – this is a pedestrian walkway that surrounds the entirety of Punta del Este. Rambla Artigas is the main coastal road that leads past residential neighborhoods and pristine stretches of beach.
Tambo el Sosiego (Camino Lapataia, Punta Ballena, Punta del Este) — maker of the famous Lapataia-brand “dulce de leche” dessert, gives free tours that walk visitors through the process of making the region’s favorite dessert. The dairy farm and plant are 12 miles from central Punta del Este, easily accessible by car and open seven […]