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About Punta del Este

image banner 1 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.
image banner 21 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)
image banner 3 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.
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