Introducing Eastern Uruguay
The gorgeous 340km sweep of beaches, dunes, forests and lagoons stretching northeast from Montevideo to the Brazilian border is one of Uruguay’s national treasures. Still largely unknown except to Uruguayans and their immediate neighbors, this region lies nearly dormant for 10 months of each year, then explodes with summer activity from Christmas to Carnaval, when it seems like every bus out of Montevideo is headed somewhere up the coast. For sheer fun-in-the-sun energy, there’s nothing like the peak season, but if you can make it here slightly off-season, you’ll experience all the same beauty for literally half the price.
Near the Brazilian border, amid the wide-open landscapes and untrammeled beaches of Rocha department, abandoned hilltop fortresses and shipwrecks offer mute testimony to the time when Spain and Portugal struggled for control of the new continent. Where lookouts once scanned the wide horizon for invading forces, a new wave of invaders has taken hold, from binocular-wielding whale-watchers in Cabo Polonio to camera-toting celebrity-watchers in Punta del Este.
Punta del Este Day Trip from Montevideo
Visit one of southern Uruguay’s most beautiful resort towns, Punta del Este, on this day trip from Montevideo! Explore the pristine beaches of Brava and Mansa and visit famous Casa Pueblo, an astounding Mediterranean-style villa and art gallery created by painter and sculptor Carlos Páez Vilaró.
Punta del Este City Sightseeing Tour
Visit one of southern Uruguay’s most beautiful resort towns, Punta del Este, on this 4-hour guided sightseeing tour! Explore pristine Playa Brava; and walk along the beautiful seaport and see yachts and sailboats.