Punta del Este (Department of Maldonado) known too as “the Pearl of Uruguay”, is located at 130 kms to the East from
Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, on the Southeast end of Uruguay on a long peninsula of sand, woodlands and rocks from which it has taken its name Located over a narrow strip of land which divides the waters of the Rio de la Plata
and the Atlantic Ocean. This is one of the most important and popular tourist destinations in the country, chosen by thousands of visitors
of all ages and nationalities. Beautiful beaches and magnificent mansions are its prominent caracteristics.
Punta del Este has a mild Climate, with temperatures ranging from 25º to 32º C in the summer and with cold temperatures
which never go below 0º C in the winter.
Punta del Este is divided into two totally contrasting parts, even if they are part of the same place:
Playa Mansa (Quiet beach) and Playa Brava (Rough Beach). The famous sculpture known as "The Hand on the Sand", made in 1982,
may be seen on this beach (Playa Brava)
The surroundings of Southern Punta del Este contain very nice places such as Portezuelo, Solanas and Punta Ballena
(Whale Point), where "Casapueblo", a majestic masterpiece made by Uruguayan sculpture Carlos Páez Vilaró may be
appreciated. Apart from housing a hotel, this venue is a museum and atelier where paintings, ceramics and sculptures
are presented in numerous shows.
Another site to visit, this time towards the North, is Isla de Lobos (Sea-lions Island), located off the shores of
Playa Brava. In addition to a big lighthouse, the largest colony of sea lions in South America may be observed right
on this spot.