Tips & Tricks
Isla Gorriti (Punta del Este) – this pine-covered island (which was once a prison), is located just 2 km. off the shores of Punta del Este. It is worth taking a picnic and settling in the peace and quiet at one of the tables dotted around. There’s also a beach on site.
Uruguay Carnival (Montevideo) – in late January and February, the capital holds its annual celebration of carnival festivities (unlike other countries, this carnival last 40 days). Parades of women dressed in colorful costumes dance to the sound of pulsating drumbeats; while the Murgas (a street theater group) stage productions of political satire. During parades often […]
Punta del Este – this beach town east of Montevideo is often compared to Miami Beach, because of its skyline of luxury condo buildings (often facing the beach), trendy nightspots, and frequent gatherings of the Southern Cone’s rich and famous. Nowadays, it’s so popular a beach resort that more than 100,000 Argentines alone flock to […]
The Conrad Resort & Casino (Rambla Claudio Williman, Punta del Este) – this 3.400 m2 casino with 75 tables consists of baccarat, poker, and blackjack, along with 500 slot machines. It’s perhaps the most popular casino anywhere in Uruguay (even holding live entertainment events during the Summer months).
Tambo el Sosiego (Camino Lapataia, Punta Ballena, Punta del Este) — maker of the famous Lapataia-brand “dulce de leche” dessert, gives free tours that walk visitors through the process of making the region’s favorite dessert. The dairy farm and plant are 12 miles from central Punta del Este, easily accessible by car and open seven […]
Fiesta de la Patria Gaucha (Laguna de las Lavanderas, Tacuarembó) – for those interested in exploring Uruguay’s folk past and gaucho (cowboy) culture, it may be worth the 4-hour drive north from Montevideo to the provincial town of Tacuarembó. “Fiesta de la Patria Gaucha” (Gaucho Country Festival) is an event held annually (every March) there […]