Attractions

Top Choice Gallery in Punta del Este

Casapueblo

Gleaming white in the sun and cascading nine stories down a cliffside, Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró’s exuberantly whimsical villa and art gallery sits atop Punta Ballena, a jutting headland 15km west of Punta…
Top Choice Sculpture in Punta del Este

La Mano en la Arena

Punta’s most famous landmark is this monster-sized sculpted hand protruding from the sands of Playa Brava. Constructed in iron and cement by Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal, it won first prize in a monumental art c…
Nature Reserve in Laguna de Castillos

Monte de Ombúes

On Laguna de Castillos' western shore (near Km 267 on Ruta 10), brothers Marcos and Juan Carlos Olivera, whose family received this land from the Portuguese crown in 1793, lead two- to three-hour nature excursions. …
Island in Punta del Este

Isla Gorriti

Boats leave every half-hour or so (daily in season, weekends in low season) from Punta del Este’s yacht harbor for the 15-minute trip to this nearby island, which has excellent sandy beaches, a couple of restaurants…
Island in Punta del Este

Isla de Lobos

About 10km offshore, this small island is home to the world’s second-largest southern sea-lion colony (200,000 at last count), along with colonies of southern fur seals and South America’s tallest lighthouse. The is…
Nature Reserve in La Paloma

Laguna de Rocha

An ecological reserve protected under Uruguay’s SNAP program, this vast and beautiful wetland 10km west of La Paloma has populations of black-necked swans, storks, spoonbills and other waterfowl.
Historic Site in Parque Nacional Santa Teresa

Fortaleza de Santa Teresa

This impressive hilltop fortress, 4km north of park headquarters on Ruta 9, is the star attraction of Parque Nacional Santa Teresa. Construction was begun by the Portuguese in 1762 and finished by the Spaniards afte…
Port in Punta del Este

Yacht Harbor

In summertime, Punta del Este's busy yacht harbor overflows with beautiful people, who come to see and be seen at the surrounding restaurants and clubs. The harbor is also the departure point for boat tours to Isla …
Park in Eastern Uruguay

Parque Nacional Santa Teresa

This national park, 35km south of the Brazilian border, is administered by the army and attracts many Uruguayan and Brazilian visitors to its relatively uncrowded beaches.
Lighthouse in Cabo Polonio

Faro Cabo Polonio

Built in 1881, Cabo Polonio’s striking 27m-tall lighthouse provides a fabulous perspective on the point, the sea-lion colony and the surrounding dunes and islands.