A short coach ride from Montevideo and we arrive in Punta del Este, the country’s main beach based tourist destination on the Atlantic Ocean.
Known as the ‘Monaco of the south’, in the summer around 1-2 million tourists enter Uruguay for the holiday season, mostly from neighbouring Argentina and Brazil.
The city has two main beaches that stretch out along either side of the old town. One called Brava (fierce) and the other Mansa (tame). Orca’s and southern right whales can be spotted on their migration paths in the right season.
We took a walk to see the old town although there doesn’t seem too much of it left…
The old lighthouse (faro) on a hill in the old town.
The city’s art gallery is called Ralli and is well worth a visit, when we went they had a great collection of Dali sculptures as well as a impressive collection of paintings from a variety of South American artists as well as a Beryl Cook exhibition!