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…
Beach in Punta del Este

Town Beaches

Beaches are the big daytime draw in sunny Punta. On the peninsula's western (Río de la Plata) side, Rambla Gral Artigas snakes past calm Playa Mansa, then passes the busy yacht harbor, overflowing with boats, restau…
Nature Reserve in Around Piriápolis

SOS Rescate de Fauna Marina

Ten kilometers south of Piriápolis is Uruguay’s premier marine-animal rescue and rehabilitation center, SOS Rescate de Fauna Marina. Run entirely by volunteers, its emphasis is on educating schoolchildren, who can a…
Lighthouse in La Paloma

El Faro del Cabo Santa María

The 1874 completion of this local lighthouse marked La Paloma’s genesis as a summer beach resort. The unfinished first attempt collapsed in a violent storm, killing 17 French and Italian workers, who are buried near…
Nature Reserve in Around Piriápolis

Reserva de Fauna Autóctona

About 1km further inland, hikers can climb Uruguay’s fourth-highest 'peak,' Cerro Pan de Azúcar (389m). The trail (2½ hours roundtrip) starts from the parking lot of the Reserva de Fauna Autóctona, narrowing from a …
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…
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.
Cable Car in Piriápolis

Chairlift

Goes to the top of Cerro San Antonio at the eastern part of town for spectacular views over the bay and surrounds. Don't fret – there's a parrilla up there.
Notable Building in Around Piriápolis

Castillo de Piria

In the hills north of Piriápolis, Francisco Piria’s opulent and castle-like former residence has Spanish-language displays on the history of Piriápolis.