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  • Day21

    Punta del Este, Uruguay

    January 23 in Uruguay ⋅ ☀️ 77 °F

    It is a tender port. Two years ago when we took a cruise around South America, the weather was pretty rough and be could not visit this port. This time it is calm, sunny and warm. We got on the first tender boat at 7:00 AM and by 7:30 were on the shore.
    Since it is a resort town we decided just to walk.

    The city has been referred to as "the Monaco of the South", "The Pearl of the Atlantic", "the Hampton's of South America", and "the St. Tropez of South America", being also compared to Miami and Cannes.

    So, at 7:30 in the morning was very pleasant and we went for a stroll by the ocean. Beautiful beaches, lots of restaurants. Then we turn on the shopping street. No people, every store and restaurant is closed. Nice.

    So we walked and we walked. Then we decided to go to a very plush resedential neighborhood. Expensive big houses. We crossed peninsula and walked toward Atlantic side of the land. The beach was as beautiful as on the other side, but with big waves.

    We stopped at the Light House restaurant on the beach and had a delicious lunch. Boris had a huge burger and I had garlic shrimp.

    We rested a little and kept going along the coast toward symbol of the city: a hand sticking out of the sand. Unfortunately by that time there were lots of people on the beach and tourist taking pictures.

    It was 1:00 PM and we had to go back to the pier to take tender boat. The last boat was at 2:30PM.

    We crossed the peninsula again and by 2:00 PM were on the tender boat. I walked 20,000 steps from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

    For more pictures see link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/C55pUjXRwsKBfRdHA
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  • Day12

    Punta del Este, Uruguay

    December 21, 2018 in Uruguay ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

    This is a beautiful seaside city. On a peninsula much like Mt Maunganui with ocean and estuary/harbour beaches. Lots of floating real estate and hi rise living. The fingers sticking out of the sand are a cool visit! We stayed on board due to morning rain so only had a small look at this really lovely place. Next time!Read more

  • Day22

    Punta del Este

    January 27, 2017 in Uruguay ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Willkommen in Uruguay!

    Nach einem kurzen Aufenthalt auf See haben wir heute Punta del Ester erreicht.

    Um 07:30 sind wir bereits von Bord gegangen und haben zum ersten Mal mittels Tenderbooten die Küste erreicht.

    Mittels Bus fahren wir zu den wichtigsten Sehenswürdigkeiten von Punta del Este.
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  • Day36

    Punta del Este

    March 25, 2019 in Uruguay ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Punta del Este oder auch das St. Tropez von Südamerika mit den aus dem Boden ragenden Fingern als Wahrzeichen.
    Hilton, Casapueblo oder im Trump Tower lässt man sich hier nieder oder wie wir im billigen Hostel.

    Neben dem Mateteetrend der uns mittlerweile eingeholt hat, kann man wunderbar vom Ufer aus die großen Wellen begutachten, große Reden schwingen und lachen wenn die vielen Surfer es mal wieder nicht hin bekommen die Wellen ordentlich zu surfen. (solche Anfänger)😏

    Ausserdem ist die Stadt ausserhalb der Saison wie leer gefegt und die Restaurantpreise purzeln, genau unser Ding😎😎.
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  • Day126

    Punta del Este: The Uruguayan Riviera

    December 2, 2017 in Uruguay ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Two hours by bus, along the eastern coast of Uruguay, is the seaside town of Punta del Este. Our bus driver was obviously keen to get us to our destination quickly as he tailgated the cars the entire way; that is, until the air-conditioning broke down. This small hiccup delayed our arrival by about half an hour but got us to Punta del Este in time to explore the town before sunset.

    Punta del Este is considered by some as the riviera of Uruguay. Maybe if you squint really hard. The town felt more like the Sunshine Coast circa 1980s or 1990s, before full-on development took over. No doubt in the eighties Punta del Este would have been the place to be. It was once the playground of the rich and famous from Argentina, Brazil and the USA. But since the Argentinian and Brazilian recessions in the early 2000s, there has been a bit of a downturn for the town and many buildings have become vacant. However, there has been a change in the tide in more recent times with investment and development returning in the form of a Trump Tower.

    Prices in the town haven't matched the downturn and remain the most expensive in the country. Fast-food prices exceed those of even Australia, with a Whooper with Cheese from Burger King costing about AU$12. That's without the combo deal or an upsize! At those prices, a liquid diet for us two! It's probably for the best anyway, as our food intake needed to be curbed. We both feel as fat as a townhouse. But Jason is still living in denial, blaming the weight gain on the full moon. “I think it's the full moon. That's why I'm retaining fluids”, says Jason. Ricky replies: “has it been the full moon for the past three months”. It's those damn alfajores. They're so irresistible with their dulce de leche filling. And the beer, cocktails and the list goes on ...

    When we arrived in Punta del Este, the wind from Montevideo had also followed us. It didn't let up for three days, except for a few short moments, which was enough time for us to get a few snap shots. The sun was out in full force but was countered by the chilly Antarctic winds. It was like a kids' pool in winter – there were some really cold spots and some really warm spots in the shallow end.

    We had counted on bright, sunny weather and thought much of our time would be spent at the beach. With that in mind, we went for a budget hotel and, by the looks of it, it hadn't been renovated since before the last military dictatorship in Uruguay. On the positive side, it was located close to both sides of the peninsula, the main beaches and the bus terminal. The bus terminal was close but fortunately it didn't seem to be frequented by many buses. In fact, most of the buses didn’t stop at the terminal at all. Instead, most buses stopped outside of the terminal, with passengers quickly running after them to catch their ride out of the town.

    The most “famous” attraction in the town, apart from the many casinos and beaches, is a sculpture of a hand protruding from the sand, La Mano de Punta del Este. The statue is suppose to mark the point between two sections of the beach: on one side the waters are calm and on the other side rough. The harbour is also an attraction, but unlike on the French Riviera, the boats weren't so affluent. The boats were more Bribie Island than St Tropez. Maybe we were too early for the high season but the sleepy seaside town, with its mate tea drinking residents, was an opportunity to relax and to plan the next part of our adventure.

    Next stop: back to Buenos Aires
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  • Day22

    Punta del Este - Hotel Conrad

    January 27, 2017 in Uruguay ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Was für ein Hotel! 😱

    Restaurant, riiiesiges Casino, diverse Bars, Nachtclubs usw.

    Wahnsinn, hier will man echt nicht weg 😁

  • Day89

    Punta del Este

    April 2, 2018 in Uruguay ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    I arrived here late last night and just checked into my hostel and went to bed. I am staying in Tas D Viaje hostel, and it is great! Really good common areas and 2 minutes from the beach. The breakfast is great as well!

    This morning I walked along the costanera here. There is some nice beaches, but the place suits it's reputation about being a fancy place that are expensive. There is a lot of super nice summerhouses and yachts here. I finished my walking around right before the rain started, and have just chilled out in the hostel the rest of the day. Went for a run on the beach and had salad for lunch - I think my body was grateful for that after three weeks in big cities and a lot of unhealthy food. Hopefully this week can be a bit better when it comes to that.

    I will leave for La Poloma tomorrow morning. If I hadn't booked two nights in Punta del Este I would probably move on today. I think I will like the small beach towns more.
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  • Day8

    Punta Del Este

    May 19, 2017 in Uruguay ⋅ 🌫 16 °C

    Today was a miserable weather day so thankfully it was spend in a warm bus to tour Punta Del Esta, a tourist town on Uruguay's coast.
    We were the only ones on the bus who spoke English but had a very impressive tour guide who said everything in 3 languages (Spanish, Portuguese & English) for the whole day.Read more

  • Day83

    Punta del Este

    February 13, 2019 in Uruguay ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Upscale seaside resort city built on a peninsula where the Rio de la Plata meets the South Atlantic. The first pic is a sculpture of a hand trying to reach up out of the sand that won a competition in the city some years before. Then some looks at the Atlantic side of the city. The last pic looks over the marina on the river side.Read more

  • Day19

    Punta del Este (Uruguay)

    December 15, 2016 in Uruguay ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    AN: 14:00
    AB: 18:00

    Im Süden Uruguays am Atlantik ist „Punta del Este“ ein mondäner Badeort, wo viele Stars gerne Ferien machen. Bekannte Fußballer wie Diego Maradona oder US-Stars aus der Mode- und Filmbranche wie Naomi Campbell schätzen den Badeort, der als sicher gilt und über zahlreiche Hotels verfügt. In der sommerlichen Haupreisezeit von Mitte Dezember bis Mitte März kommen vor allem Touristen aus Argentinien und den USA nach „Punta del Este“, das in Uruguay eine Art Sylt ist, wo viele Prominente Badeurlaub machen. Am Strand von „Punta del Este“ wurden häßliche Hotelburgen gebaut, die den Charme der Stadt meiner meinung nach beeinträchtigen. Zum Stadtbild der Kleinstadt gehören teure Geschäfte und Restaurants ebenso wie mondäne Gäste, die man in Europa eher in Monte Carlo sieht. Der Yachthafen von „Punta del Este“ ist auf jeden Fall sehenswert. Seit einigen Jahren hat der internationale Jetset „Punta del Este“ entdeckt, dass leider auch immer mehr von reichen US-Touristen geschätzt wird. Heute zählt der Ort mit rund 10.000 Einwohnern rund 700.000 Besucher im Jahr. Der Badeort Punta del Este liegt im Süden des Landes auf einer Landzunge an der Mündung des Río de la Plata in den Atlantik. Montevideo, die Hauptstadt des Landes liegt weiter westlich. Wahrzeichen des Urlaubsortes sind der 45 Meter hohe Leuchtturm von Punta del Este.

    Ich kann Land an Steuerbord sehen und auch viele Hochhäuser. Mein Kompass zeigt 35 Grad südlicher Breite an. Wenn man das mit 53 Grad nördlicher Breite von Bederkesa vergleicht, wird einem schnell klar, das hier so in etwa das Wetter von Italien im Europäischen Sommer vorherrscht. Ich sehe Sandstrände, soweit das Auge reicht. Voraus kommt auch der Leuchtturm in Sicht. Sieht so aus, als wenn der auf einer Insel wäre.

    Wir haben geankert und können „Punta del Este“ gut sehen. Ausschiffung dauert ...

    Die Tenderfahrten haben begonnen, aber ich mache mir keine Illusionen, dass ich mit meiner Ticketnummer schnell dran komme. Jetzt gibt es permanente Lautsprecherdurchsagen in mindestens vier Sprachen. Das erinnert mich an einen Kasernenhof. Es sind jetzt vier Tenderboote unterwegs. Derzeit dürfen die Ticketnummern 33 + 34. Ich habe 64. Das kann dauern ...

    Wir sind jetzt bei Ticketnummer 39

    Wir sind jetzt bei Ticketnummer 49. Es werden auch noch 3-4 lokale Boote eingesetzt. Jetzt scheint sich das zu beschleunigen.

    Ich bin jetzt auf dem Tender. Neben mir sitzt wider dieses permanent meckernde deutsche Pärchen, die mir vorher schon unangenehm aufgefallen sind. Wenn die mich jetzt auf Deutsch ansprechen, verstehe ich die die Sprache definitiv nicht ....

    15:30 - 16:30h:
    Hatte nur 1 Stunde an Land, aber die war super!

    Bild 1:
    Der Seewolf (Seelöwe) war echt! Die sind hier allgegenwärtig und es wird gewarnt, diesen Tieren nicht zu nahe zu kommen. Ist hier wie ein großer Zoo; aber ohne Absperrungen ...

    16:00 -19:30h:
    Reisepässe abholen.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

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