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Punta del Este, Uruguay - Weather Is Best From Christmas To Late February

Uruguay travel blog by Mark Berman - September 2013   » View Photoset (42 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
September is definitely not peak season in Punta del Este, the beaches and town were deserted. Having said that I don't know if I would want to be here in
Uruguay Photo - Sailboats in the water at the port, rocks in the foreground, Punta del Este.
Sailboats in the water at the port, rocks in the foreground, Punta del Este.
the middle of peak season either (Christmas to late February). Next time I think I will come between March and May. It was a bit cold and windy while I was here with mainly cloudy skies however I enjoyed exploring the town, port and a few historical streets.

Hostel Near Bus Terminal

From the bus terminal near Playa Brava I walked a short distance (5mins) to a quiet street where I found a hostel to stay in. It was early morning. I had travelled all night - a flight from Colombia to Buenos Aires, a ferry from there to Colonia and then a couple of buses to get to Punta del Este. I was not going to spend the day sleeping that was for sure! The man at the hostel said there was a storm coming, the skies were getting darker by the minute too. As it turned out, after I headed out it started becoming fine and the storm never arrived on this day.

Brava Beach and Los Dedos (The Hand)

I walked down to Playa Brava, it's a nice long 'n' wide beach with white sands, there was virtually nobody around apart from a few other visitors taking photos of each other beside the huge hand monument called Los Dedos (fingers). There was a couple sitting
Uruguay Photo - Church Parroquia Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria in Punta del Este.
Church Parroquia Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria in Punta del Este.
in chairs in the middle of the beach reading magazines and surfers catching waves nearby.

Around Town

I walked up into town, there's a very colorful shop called Canoa Quebrada with distance signs outside to many cities and countries around the world for example 4918kms to Bogota (where I had flown from the day before). Up the road a little is the main square Plaza General Artigas which also doubles as the Arts and Crafts Fair on certain days. The plaza is surrounded by many palm trees and has a central statue of Jose G. Artigas - the national hero. I ate lunch at Burger King, saw a pink statue of liberty in a side street, an art gallery, Plaza de Bersaglieri Italiani and lastly the bull sculpture near the sea called El Rapto de Europa (1962) by Oscar Alvarino.
Uruguay Photo - View across the water at the port with 2 small sailboats and a tugboat, Punta del Este.
View across the water at the port with 2 small sailboats and a tugboat, Punta del Este.

Waterfront, Bay and Port

From here I walked downward towards the port on the otherside. The waters here are nice and calm, totally unlike the rough sea and waves crashing onto the beach before, the sun was coming out too. A wooden boardwalk goes around the bay, boats sit peacefully in the water, the shoreline is rocky and a pair of huge anchor monuments sit on the grassy bank. I came to Plaza Juan Ortholan, the Yacht Club, the Navy Base and the White Palace at the far end.

The Historic Zone

By the look of the building the police station is in I was now in the historical area of town. The police station also has toursit information. There are a few interesting houses and buildings around here including the
Uruguay Photo - The main square Plaza General Artigas with many palm trees in Punta del Este.
The main square Plaza General Artigas with many palm trees in Punta del Este.
lighthouse Faro de Punta del Este (1860). Next to the lighthouse is a nice park and across the road is a lightblue church Parroquia Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria and the weather station. Beside this is the first school (1896).

Visit Maldonado and Bus North

Next morning from Punta del Este I visited Maldonado for a few hours and walked around in the rain before returning to the hostel where I relaxed for the afternoon before getting a bus north 3hrs 30mins to Punta del Diablo for the night. The weather was terrible in Punta del Diablo, I saw nothing. Next day I took a bus further north to Chuy and the border of Brazil (1hr).

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Punta del Este (Uruguay) to:


Map location: Punta del Este, Uruguay. Best time of year to be in Punta del Este is between December and late February, this is where the beaches and luxury hotels are, the playground of the rich and famous but there is also backpackers accommodation!
 A : Maldonado - Uruguay 6 kms 6 kms straight distance | 14mins 14mins by car (8 kms) | 16mins 16mins by bus (8 kms) (8 kms)
 B : Montevideo - Uruguay 130 kms 130 kms straight distance | 2hrs 14mins 2hrs 14mins by car (153 kms) | 2hrs 40mins 2hrs 40mins by bus (153 kms) (153 kms)
 C : Chuy - Uruguay 194 kms 194 kms straight distance | 2hrs 47mins 2hrs 47mins by car (220 kms) | 3hrs 20mins 3hrs 20mins by bus (220 kms) (220 kms)
 D : Buenos Aires to Montevideo - Uruguay 232 kms 232 kms straight distance | 3hrs 27mins 3hrs 27mins by car (264 kms) | 4hrs 8mins 4hrs 8mins by bus (264 kms) (264 kms)
 E : Colonia del Sacramento - Uruguay 270 kms 270 kms straight distance | 3hrs 55mins 3hrs 55mins by car (308 kms) | 4hrs 42mins 4hrs 42mins by bus (308 kms) (308 kms)
 F : Carmelo - Uruguay 325 kms 325 kms straight distance | 4hrs 47mins 4hrs 47mins by car (369 kms) | 5hrs 44mins 5hrs 44mins by bus (369 kms) (369 kms)
 G : Mercedes to Carmelo - Uruguay 340 kms 340 kms straight distance | 5hrs 14mins 5hrs 14mins by car (390 kms) | 6hrs 16mins 6hrs 16mins by bus (390 kms) (390 kms)
 H : Mercedes - Uruguay 343 kms 343 kms straight distance | 5hrs 13mins 5hrs 13mins by car (392 kms) | 6hrs 15mins 6hrs 15mins by bus (392 kms) (392 kms)
 I : Buenos Aires - Argentina 333 kms 333 kms straight distance | 7hrs 19mins 7hrs 19mins by car (408 kms) | 8hrs 46mins 8hrs 46mins by bus (408 kms) (408 kms)
 J : Fray Bentos - Uruguay 371 kms 371 kms straight distance | 5hrs 34mins 5hrs 34mins by car (426 kms) | 6hrs 40mins 6hrs 40mins by bus (426 kms) (426 kms)
 K : Rio Grande - Brazil 407 kms 407 kms straight distance | 5hrs 10mins 5hrs 10mins by car (447 kms) | 6hrs 12mins 6hrs 12mins by bus (447 kms) (447 kms)
 L : Colon - Argentina 424 kms 424 kms straight distance | 6hrs 9mins 6hrs 9mins by car (493 kms) | 7hrs 22mins 7hrs 22mins by bus (493 kms) (493 kms)
 M : Tacuarembo / Durazno - Uruguay 371 kms 371 kms straight distance | 5hrs 59mins 5hrs 59mins by car (498 kms) | 7hrs 10mins 7hrs 10mins by bus (498 kms) (498 kms)
 N : Paysandu - Uruguay 416 kms 416 kms straight distance | 6hrs 22mins 6hrs 22mins by car (498 kms) | 7hrs 38mins 7hrs 38mins by bus (498 kms) (498 kms)
 O : Rivera - Uruguay 451 kms 451 kms straight distance | 7hrs 19mins 7hrs 19mins by car (609 kms) | 8hrs 46mins 8hrs 46mins by bus (609 kms) (609 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Punta del Este, Uruguay:

The Trip Hostel, Punta del Este, Uruguay - Large Photo
The Trip Hostel, Punta del Este, Uruguay (September 2013 - 1 night) - Easy-going hostel with laidback hosts. Very close to Playa Brava and town. I stayed in a dorm with some cool girls from Chile. There's a kitchen and fridges to use and enough bathrooms with nice hot showers for everyone.

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