Welcome to San Rafael
A busy, modern town whose streets are lined with majestic old sycamores and open irrigation channels, San Rafael reveals its charms slowly – if you have a few days, it's worth giving it a chance. It’s not exactly Mendoza, but it’s getting there.There is nothing to do in town – part of its allure, really – except wander its shady streets and plazas or while the day away in a cafe. There are, however, several esteemed... Read More
Top experiences in San Rafael
San Rafael activities
Punta del Este Day Trip from Montevideo
Take a day trip to Punta del Este from Montevideo and discover the beauty and culture of this coastal resort town! After pickup from your Montevideo hotel, head east approximately 2 hours to Punta del Este and enjoy gorgeous coastal views along the way.Upon arrival in Punta del Este, visit the upscale neighborhoods of Beverly Hills, Cantagril and San Rafael. Admire gorgeous landscapes in each neighborhood as you learn about the history of Punta del Este from your bilingual guide. Then, visit La Barra del Maldonado, a popular old fishing town. With colorful houses and pristine beaches, this is one of Punta del Este's must-see areas.Next, visit Playa Brava, located on the eastern side of the peninsula. See the beach’s famous 'Fingers' sculpture protruding from the sand and watch surfers out on the waves. Then, head to the other side of the peninsula to see Playa Mansa, another beautiful beach. After enjoying the views in Playa Mansa, you will have free time for lunch (own expense) and then head to Casa Pueblo with your guide. This famous Mediterranean-style villa and art gallery is located right on the water and was designed by Uruguayan painter and sculpture Carlos Páez Vilaró. Visit the museum and gallery inside the building (own expense) and learn about the life of the famous artist and the history behind this incredible masterpiece.After a full day in Punta del Este, you'll be taken back to your Montevideo hotel.
'Leaozinho' Pirate Ship Cruise from Albufeira
Half Day Cruise with Caves - 3.5 hours Cruise into the Atlantic, as the sails are set as you head westward along the cliffs and sandy beaches of San Rafael, Castelo and Praia da Gale. Pass the fisherman's village of Armacao de Pera, the rock chapel Senhora da Rocha and reach the beaches of Marina and Benagil.You will stop for free time to try your hand at fishing, visit the caves or have a swim in the warm, clear water. You may prefer to relax on deck with a drink from the "Pirate Bar" which offers a variety of beverages (beer, water and soft drinks). Returning to the Albufeira, keep your eyes open on the lookout for dolphins which will sometimes swim near to the boat. Captain Hook Cruise - 2 hoursCruise into the Atlantic under motor and head westward along the cliffs and sandy beaches of San Rafael, Castelo and Praia da Gale. All eyes are on the ocean surface in search of the friendly local dolphins. A short stop will be made to allow time for a quick swim before setting sail for the return trip to Albufeira.
Punta del Este City Sightseeing Tour
Take a guided half-day city tour of Punta del Este to discover the beauty and culture of this coastal resort town. After pickup from your hotel, head to the upscale neighborhoods of Beverly Hills, Cantagril and San Rafael. Admire gorgeous landscapes in each neighborhood as you learn about the history of the city from your bilingual guide. Then, visit La Barra del Maldonado, a popular old fishing town. With colorful houses and pristine beaches, this is one of Punta del Este's must-see areas.Next, visit Playa Brava, located on the eastern side of the peninsula. See the beach’s famous 'Fingers' sculpture protruding from the sand and watch surfers out on the waves. Then, traverse to the other side of the peninsula to see Play a Mansa, another beautiful beach, before heading to Gorlero Avenue for some free time to explore.Stroll along Gorlero Avenue and enjoy time for lunch (own expense) or shopping at local stores and galleries. Located alongside the avenue is Artigas Square, where you'll find some of the city's best handicrafts including leather, wood and glass products. Then, meet back up with your guide and head to Casa Pueblo. This famous Mediterranean-style villa and art gallery, designed by Uruguayan painter and sculpture Carlos Páez Vilaró, is located right on the water and boasts incredible ocean views. Visit the museum and gallery inside the building (own expense) to learn about the life of the famous artist and the history behind this incredible masterpiece.After the tour, you'll be taken back to your hotel.
Overnight Trip Including Puracé Magical Moorland
Parque Natural de Puracé is located in the Andean region of Colombia, southeast of the city of Popayán in the Cordillera Central range.Day 1: (B, L)Depart Cali in the very early morning in order to arrive at the park in time for breakfast. Then visit the Andean condor viewing rock for an opportunity to see the 'king of the sky' above the mountains (generally, there's a 50 percent chance of seeing one). Watching this majestic bird soaring through the air above the cliffs of the Colombian Andes is an experience better than any souvenir from your trip. Afterward, explore the scenery of the park's ecosystem—the 'magical' Puracé Moorland, with its atmospheric mist above the San Rafael lagoon and the landscape of the San Juan hot springs. Next, have lunch and go to the hotel for leisure time. Day 2: (L)On your second day, visit the thermal pools of Coconuco in the morning for a relaxing soak, and then have lunch before returning to Cali to end your tour.
Montebello Lake Tour from San Cristobal de las Casas
Pick up in your hotel at San Cristobal de las Casas early morning. Transfer to Montebello Lagoons (131 km. approx. 2-hrs. drive). That place is quite spectacular. The visit is done in two ways, the first leading to the grounds of the National Park itself, where the Emerald Lakes, La Encantada, Blue Forest, Daydream and Agua Tinta are surrounded by pine forests . Alongside them there are some services and also the possibility of excursions to San Rafael, a natural arch of 40 meters over a sink, where the small stream known as Paso del Soldado is immersed. The other way leads to the lakes that coordinates community, Canada, Pojoj, Tziscao and Dos Lagunas, among others. Tziscao Lake is one of the largest and deepest -45 m- and is already on the Guatemalan border. On shore there is a Chuj village. There are shelters, soup kitchens and rafts. This is where the tour end, you may want to continue your journey into Guatemala if you wish do so do.
Dominican Mountain Tour and River Adventure
Tours begin at the San Rafael "mirador" or lookout about 1 km up the hill from the San Rafael beach at 9am. Arrival to the starting point may be provided through local transport options, however if you have a rental car, you may coordinate to leave the car the beach parking lot and your guide will assist with transporting you to the starting point of the tour. Please ensure you have water resistant items or waterproof containers to protect your valuables and wear sneakers that can get wet to provide you with the most comfort climbing the mountain and trekking down the river.Through this scenic, 3-hour mountain hike, you will discover regional fruits cultivated organically in San Rafael while your guide expertly provides you with samples and historical explanations along the way. Your guide will connect you with nature and teach you how to safely traverse the San Rafael River from the source down to the beach. Cool down with the fresh river water, jumping from small ledges and swinging on tarzan vines until you reach the tropical conclusion of the tour at the San Rafael Beach where you can relax and enjoy some sun, food and cocktails provided to you by your guide and his family. Note that lunch is only provided for guests who select lunch option, which includes a fish or chicken, rice, beans, fried plantains and salad, along with fresh fruit along the mountain route.