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Private Day Tour to Punta del Este
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Private Day Tour to Punta del Este

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Get to know Punta del Este, also called the Pearl of the Atlantic. The walk begins on the Rambla de Montevideo, the Interbalnearia route until we reach Piriápolis, where we will make our first stop to enjoy the beautiful view of Cerro San Antonio. Then we will continue to Punta del Este where we will arrive at Punta Ballena, the area where Casa Pueblo is located. Then we will visit the residential neighborhoods of Punta del Este, Mansa and Brava beaches, El Puerto, Gorlero street, etc. We have free time for lunch or enjoying the beautiful beaches.<br><br>
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Filo wrote a review Jun 2020
51 contributions2 helpful votes
Located in Maldonado, the tower is of a by-gone era, but is a popular place for youth to congregate, day and night.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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shmoracle wrote a review Dec 2019
Vienna, Austria105 contributions39 helpful votes
Interesting monument from more than 2 centuries. In the same square a monument (depicted) and a tower, which sadly cannot be entered. The tower was meant to have vigilance on a long distance, even to the coast.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Shirley H wrote a review Oct 2018
17 contributions2 helpful votes
a small square with the old Torre del Vigia a look out in its time as the land is flat an dallowed the Spanish to see the surroundings, now part of the city of Maldonado . A few good restaurants that work all year round. Unfortunately you cannot go into it and needs some keeping. A cool place in the summer to sit if you are wlaking around.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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A R D wrote a review Jan 2018
Sao Paulo, SP271 contributions30 helpful votes
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The square white lookout tower - Torre del Vigía - stands at the crown of a parkland plaza, far enough away from main thoroughfares to be relatively quiet, but close enough to access on foot. Plenty of parking spaces too, if you are driving. The park boasts mature palms and other large shade trees in a grassy setting, some old cannon, and ornamental flower beds, as well as a dilapidated small amphitheatre where locals workers come to have lunch and chat. Actually, the shade is the plaza's most welcome feature. Since it is an elevated lookout point, it also catches cooling breezes. But there doesn't seem to be a water fountain ... The tower dates from 1800, built by the Spanish to monitor the water-borne traffic to Montevideo and Buenos Aires. Those flying the British flag were of particular interest - the Napoleonic wars were in the offing, and the Battle of Trafalgar was only five years away. Yet the bronze plaques on the tower celebrate British notables such as Charles Darwin who later visited, and welcomes British folk who come to enjoy 'the beauty and peace of this exceptional location'. Another monument in the park is a (damaged and re-assembled) boundary marker from the time of the Spanish regime, with an inscription to 'the Catholic king of Spain' on its then-border with Portuguese Brazil. You can find similar signs of Uruguayan independence elsewhere, for example at the border fort at Chuy. These stones do speak. If you are on your way up to see the Cathedral of San Fernando of Maldonado, it's a good spot to stop along the way. You can see the pink cathedral domes in the distance from the plaza. The plaza is home to businesses of various kinds, apartment buildings, and a few large old houses, some now in use as restaurants. You could extend your stay over lunch - both restaurants offer good food and service. Don't be put off by the local parking attendants who inhabit the square - they are friendly and loquacious. What you do sense from the plaza is something of the historical character of Maldonado, unlike the glass-faced apartment towers on the bay of Punta del Este or the urban sprawl which surrounds what remains of the old core of the town. If you listen carefully, you can hear an echo of the past.
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Date of experience: January 2018
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