Places to visit in Maldonado

Top Things to Do in Maldonado, Uruguay

Places to Visit in Maldonado

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  • Sharon L
    Palo Alto, CA983 contributions
    There are 4 exhibit halls...Museo del Mar, Museo de Los Recuerdos, Museo de los Balnearios and the Insectarium. Price for admission is $200. At first glance, the Museo del Mar reminded me of Science Projects in school...with explanations on card stock and then the pinned exhibit. But the more I got into it, the more fascinated I became. The various mammal and shark skeletons are impressive. I appreciated the cultural history of Punta del Estes ' development and the people associated with its growth and popularity.

    Written 1 December 2019
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  • Guillermo M
    Montevideo, Uruguay4 contributions
    The ticket on Jan 2020 is Uruguayan Pesos 350 (about 9.5 USD). We brought food, beverages for a picnic on the beach under the shade of a tree. The views from the island are very nice. There are lots of trees and some trails between them which are nice too. We went to two beaches and finally chose the one protected from the wind.
    There is a British cemetery and a few very old cannon batteries built by the Spanish to defend the bay.
    Written 13 January 2020
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  • Florencia G
    Buenos Aires, Argentina6 contributions
    We went to the museum and later had a cheese and cold meats board at the bar while enjoying sunset.
    Unique expierience!
    Written 14 January 2021
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  • BlueBsAs
    Miami, FL6,765 contributions
    What a great spot! We love it. We went with our pet around sunset time. The bar has good music, uncrowded, WiFi and very good service. We ordered fried calamari, beers, destornillador (vodka+orange juice) . Inexpensive . The sunset view is amazing! Free parking. We will go back.
    Written 30 March 2018
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  • AlpinerHut
    Chantilly, VA1,226 contributions
    Club Hotel Casapueblo / Museo-Taller Casapueblo was the highlight of our cruise ship stop in Punta del Este.

    This fascinating structure today is part hotel (73 "apartments" spread over 13 floors) and part museum (with a video about and artwork by Uruguayan artist Carlos Paez Vilaro.) Vilaro started what became Casapueblo on desolate Punta Ballena in 1958 with a summer house and workshop in mind, then kept expanding -- without architectural plans! (He sometimes added a room with a particular houseguest in mind.) He viewed his project as a 36-year work of art ("livable sculpture"), not home construction! Reminiscent of houses in Mykonos or Santorini, Greece, the structure of whitewashed cement and stucco resembles nests of the hornero, an Uruguayan bird.

    Vilaro died in 2014.

    TIPS:

    * This place is massive, and it's impossible to get a true sense of it when you're inside. If you stay here, though, you can get down to the beach and look back at the towering building, which covers a hillside.

    * If you can arrange to be here shortly before sunset, you can enjoy the daily "Ceremony of the Sun." As the sun sets, the artist's recorded voice recites a poem to bid it farewell. 

     * Some of Vilaro's descendants still live here. A guide, waitress or bartender would probably point the private section out if you ask; in this labyrinthine building, it's difficult to describe the location.
    Written 10 April 2020
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  • Laura P
    Montevideo, Uruguay15 contributions
    It´s so beautiful to see the sea on your right, the lagoon on your left and at front the bridge that seems to be suspended in the air. The beach is rough, but there are many options for sports in the lagoon. Don´t miss this is a very special corner of the world.
    Llegando al puente, es tan hermoso de ver la playa a la derecha, la laguna a la izquierda y el puente delante, que parece suspendido en el aire. La playa es brava, con mucho oleaje, pero hay gran variedad de deportes nauticos que se pueden practicar en la laguna. El un rincon del mundo imperdible.
    Written 28 March 2017
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  • Eulenspeegel
    San Antonio de Pereira, Colombia1,670 contributions
    Not quite as high as High Point State Park in my home state of New Jersey, but much more tranquil. We made a stop at Cerro Catedral on our way back to Montevideo. The trip to the zenith of Uruguay was a very pleasant ride along Hwy 109. A right turn off of the main highway leads to the Cerro. It's a dirt road, but kept neat and graded. We stopped along the way to take pictures and visit the cattle and sheep along the way. During our drive up to Cerro Catedral, we only came across two cars traveling in the opposite direction. One begins to realize just how uncrowded the small country of Uruguay is. Once at Catedral, a weather-worn sign, lots of livestock and a series of green energy windmills will greet you. It's a nice place for a family picnic, but make sure you select a dung-free patch of grass. If you feel energetic and agile, climb the ridge and take in the panoramic view of the gentle, rolling hills used for grazing sheep and cattle. Enjoy the highest point in Uruguay for what it is... a natural, almost untouched piece of real estate in the interior of Uruguay. I plan on returning because I bookmarked the spot in my Garmin.
    Written 20 January 2018
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  • SMG59
    Taunton, UK122 contributions
    This is a must stop off point for the scenery and fantastic sunsets. Would recommend taking chairs, sitting back and enjoying the view.
    Written 2 February 2022
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  • Janet130764
    Montevideo, Uruguay73 contributions
    A wonderful trail up the highest spot in Uruguay. It will take you at least 4 hours to achieve one of the two trails available. This is nature totally untouched. Once you start walking you are on your own. No signs, no services, no restrooms. The lady at the main gate is rather "sour" , but she makes sure you have the right shoes on plenty water and that you will not throu any garbage on your way. Your safety is on your hands. And she makes sure you understand that. The view at the top of the mountain is impressive . Certainly I do reccommend this activity. I would avoid doing it with small kids or elder folks though... it is a very demanding walk and should someone get hurt on the way, there are no possibilities to get back other than walking through a very difficult trail.
    Written 12 April 2017
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  • Filo
    51 contributions
    This popular, clothes-optional, sandy beach has a life-guard station, as well as easy access and easy parking.
    Written 27 June 2020
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  • AlpinerHut
    Chantilly, VA1,226 contributions
    Is Puente Leonel Viera a bridge or is it a roller coaster?

    You can cross the Maldonado River between Punta del Este and La Barra on it, so that makes it a bridge, right? Many who cross, though, do so at high speed to produce the stomach-dropping feeling you get when you catch "big air" at the humps, so that makes it a roller coaster, right?

    The bridge was built in 1965 by Viera, who had no experience in engineering or architecture. He was the first to design a bridge like this, a "stressed ribbon bridge," essentially a suspension bridge but with the suspension cables INSIDE the bridge itself.

    Viera created what is now the Punta del Este-to-La Barra span. A second span, now carrying traffic from La Barra to Punta del Este, was added in 1998.

    TIPS:

    * This is a little dangerous to drive on since motorists speed across to create the roller coaster effect. Be careful.

    * The newer bridge, carrying traffic from La Barra to Punta del Este, is said to be the better "roller coaster." It's the one our tour bus driver did his speeding on!
    Written 10 April 2020
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  • J. Man Herbal
    Montevideo, Uruguay16 contributions
    If you like when the Ocean don`t hit the shore giving the view a calm atmosphere, these is the place. With a great view of the Ballena Peninsula, super recomended for the family with little children to enjoy the water with safety.
    Written 1 December 2019
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