Punta del Este is more than paradisiac beaches: it's culture, art and lots of fun!
With its luxous mansions, casinos and shops, Punta del Este (Punta for friends!) is also the meeting point of the river La Plata and the Atlantic Ocean. If you're in Europe and want to run away from the cold... you'll love Punta with beautiful landscaps and beaches!
But this city is not only about beach... wanna know more? Keep reading!
Monument Los Dedos "The Fingers"
One of the most famous places for a good Instagram picture is in Playa Brava, where you can pose with these gigantic fingers on the sand. These hands were sculpted in 1982 by the Chilean artist Mario Irrazábal and they symbolize the presence of humans in the nature.
Did you know you can also find statues of this artistic in Spain, Venice and the Atacama Dessert in Chile?
Conrad Casino and Resort
It's impossible to go to Uruguay e not visit one of its casinos. Conrad is the most famous of the area! As the website of the casino itself says it's a "casino Las Vegas style", it has a huge area with several games, SPA, a restaurant with great food and bars. You can go inside, play, have lunch or dinner and with some luck, cross your path with some international celebrity ;)
The restaurant of the hotel L’Auberge serves the most delicious Belgian waffles, prepared the same way since 1948. The waffles, which can be shared by two people (because they are so big!), are even better with the delicious Dulce de Leche Uruguaio!
The building where is located the hotel and the restaurant was one of the first of the neighborhood to be built and it has a beautiful architecture that had some influence of the British and French.
When walking in Av. Gorlero you'll get the feeling you're in Miami: with its cars, designer shops and palm trees! Here you'll find one of the best views of both the Atlantic Ocean and La Plata River at the same time! Also this is the best area to buy souvenirs for your family and friends.
Casapueblo is located in Punta Ballena, about 15km from Punta del Este. It is the ancient summer house of the Uruguayan artist Carlos Paéz Vilaró. Nowadays, it hosts a museum, art gallery, restaurant and hostel. The artist himself designed and built the house, taking his inspiration from the architecture of Santorini, in Greece. The terraces have an amazing view over the sea. During the sunset, the poem “Ceremonia del Sol” is recited by the artist through a tape and his voice can be heard in any part of the house.
Despite all of the luxury, Punta del Este has some low cost options! We recommend Negrita Hostel! Its excellent location allows you to walk to the beach and the bars. Moreover, you'll find private rooms and dorms and several common areas to meet other travelers like you!