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The Best Punta del Este Day Trip from Montevideo

Montevideo, Uruguay

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  • 10 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Swap the Uruguayan capital for the coastal resort town of Punta del Este. This guided day trip from Montevideo covers main attractions including the Mediterranean-style villa and art gallery of Casa Pueblo. See the fishing town of La Barra del Maldonado, and visit Playa Mansa and Playa Brava, known for its famous sculpture of fingers emerging from the sand.
  • Day trip to Punta del Este from Montevideo
  • Soak up the sun while visiting some of Punta del Este's most important attractions
  • Visit beautiful Brava and Mansa beaches and view Casapueblo, a Mediterranean-style villa and art gallery
  • Relax with complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off
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What's Included

  • Day trip to Punta del Este
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fees to Casa Pueblo Museum (USD $8)
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

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Start time

08:30 am

Pickup details

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What To Expect

Start your day trip in Montevideo with hotel pickup. Relax on the coastal drive to the lovely resort town of Punta del Este, which features the posh neighborhoods of San Rafael, Cantagril, and Beverly Hills. Your guide points out features of the landscape and shares the history of the region with onboard commentary.

Admire the seaside homes of La Barra del Maldonado, a charming old fishing town. Then continue on to visit two popular beaches. At Playa Brava, snap photos of the must-see sculpture by Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal: "La Mano" (The Hand), also known as "Los Dedos" (The Fingers), depicts five human fingers protruding from the sand. On the other side of the peninsula enjoy the ocean views at Playa Mansa, where you have free time for lunch (own expense). 

Afterward, head to Casa Pueblo, a Mediterranean-style villa and art gallery perched on a cliff atop Punta Ballena. Designed by Uruguayan painter and sculpture Carlos Páez Vilaró, the 9-story, whitewashed building includes a museum and gallery (own expense) where you can learn about the life of the artist and the history behind his creation.

After a full day touring Punta del Este, return back to your Montevideo hotel.

Mano de Punta del Este

Famous hand of Punta del Este

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Playa Mansa

Mansa Beach

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveller Tips

This is a nice day trip, spaced nicely and with great views of several points between Montevideo and Punta del Este.
I had a day on the trip, it is well organised and you have sufficient time to explore the area.
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The excursion was great &...
Jesus_M, Jan 2023
The excursion was great & the tour guide (Joselyn) very kind & friendly. My recommendation instead see Casa Pueblo, will be better get off in Pirianapolis.
A great value!
Venise_G, Jan 2023
Great day! I enjoyed the free time and the stops. The guide and driver were very nice. A great value!
Perfect 🌞
Kirsty_R, Jan 2023
Loved this day tour to Punta del Este. The tour guide was super friendly and patient. Bus driver was great. All in all it was a glorious day, totally recommend 🌞🌞🌞
1 traveler found this review helpful
Don't do it in one day
Guilherme_V, Jan 2023
Well, only one day is not enough. It's waste of time to go and to come back to Montevideo at the same day. Punta del Este is more beautiful when tourists describe it than the reality. The guide also apole too much.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Yes, Punta del Este is really amazing.
Good tour, I learned a lot about Uruguay
Brian_P, Sept 2022
The guide is named Virginia. She is experienced, very polite and professional. She gave a lot of information in English, Spanish and Portuguese. It was an interesting trip and personally I'm glad I went during low season. Virginia recommended a good restaurant, with good local wine. Uruguay makes a good wine and I recommended it. The bus driver did a very good professional job.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Best of Punta del Este
George_Arnold, Feb 2020
The trip was very interesting, especially the visit to the home of the artist Carlos Valero. The home just flows with no square corners. His art work is very much influenced by Picasso. Punta del Este is very beautiful. There is a huge sculpture of a hand rising out of the sand. The one drawback was the van which picked up the people at the hotels met the tour bus at a certain point. The bus was already full. The only seats left were a few at the back of the bus. One of the couples could no sit together. Since the English speaking group was very small, we got very little attention.
2 travelers found this review helpful
A nice day trip from Montevideo.
Andre, Feb 2020
Pleasant day trip. Lots to see. Casapueblo very impressive. Nice place for lunch in Punte del Este. Interesting trip around Punte del Este. Comfortable bus. Pleasant guide.
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Nicholas_C, Feb 2020
Both Roxanna and Martin were amazing! We really enjoyed the tour. Roxanna spoke in Spanish, portugués and English.
Great Day
Kimberley_B, Jan 2020
Really good day trip. Our guide (I am sorry have forgetten her name) was fantastic, spoke 3 languages, Portuguese, English and Spanish. She alternated between all three to accomendate all of us. Lots of stops and viewpoints and we had plenty of free time to explore the beaches and towns. Many thanks for the great day.
What you would expect
Evan_G, Dec 2019
This is a nice day trip, spaced nicely and with great views of several points between Montevideo and Punta del Este. I wanted more beach time. And beyond that, we were promised “entrance” to two beaches. We only went to one. Also, the tour guide had difficulty climbing stairs - I felt bad for her. Finally, the day doesn’t exactly get off to the right start when the guide asks you if it’s ok not to speak English. I said yes because I understand Spanish relatively well, but if I buy a ticket for a tour in English, I don’t expect to be asked to not take the tour in English.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Wonderful experience
Victor P, Dec 2019
My guide picked me up exactly on time. She also managed the time perfectly, being able to explain everything but also to leave some time for each of us to enjoy the places. She was very nice. The driver was also very careful during the whole trip. They took us to an excellent place in Punta del este for luch, Napoleon. Amazing food
Great Trip
sweatpea13, Sept 2019
Pick up at hotel on time. Small group - which we like. Tour guide very good, spoke in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Only downfall was the stop at Piriapolis. Excellent views, can see why we stopped there but the toilet facilities were disgusting. Obviously all tours must stop here, therefore, it would be advisable to ask the Owners of Meridiano to get their conveniences cleaned up. This was the worst toilet facilities on the whole of our South America trip.
had a good day
lasbato, Jun 2019
I had a day on the trip, it is well organised and you have sufficient time to explore the area. The only issue I had was that the place we were taken for lunch was expensive.
Nice day outside Montevideo to...
Eileen_S, Feb 2018
Nice day outside Montevideo to various stops including Punta del Este. Had enough free time in each place to get a flavor for the area. Enjoyed sitting by the ocean and having a drink in one stop after a local lunch. Excellent tour guide, Ferderica, who spoke the 3 languages needed English, Spanish and Portuguese easily that needed on the bus. She had with a big smile all day as she answered all questions. Definitely recommend it and a good value.
I really enjoyed this trip...
CarolinaJoan_G, Jan 2018
I really enjoyed this trip, Casapueblo was amazing, and the tour guide makes you feel welcomed.
This was a perfect day trip! The...
Colson C, Jan 2018
This was a perfect day trip! The guide spoke English, Spanish and Portuguese. We stopped at a scenic viewpoint, casapuebla, and then punta del este. After lunch there is a restaurant they pick out but you do not have to go there, you get some free time.
The day trip itself was excellent...
Cesar R, Jan 2018
The day trip itself was excellent. The tour guide spoke English, Spanish and Portuguese. We had just enough time at each location to get to know the sites. Great picture spots! Only issue I had was with confirming pick up with indoor Uruguay but Viator responded and resolved the matter promptly.
Very nice tour. I loved the...
Fanny J, Dec 2017
Very nice tour. I loved the explanations of every place visited.
Nice day trip but not much to do during...
Vashkar, Dec 2017
Nice day trip but not much to do during the cooler days.
The guide was good but the stops...
Lisa B, Dec 2017
The guide was good but the stops involved were short and not terribly interesting.


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