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Punta del Este Shore Excursion: Private Sightseeing Tour of Punta del Este

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Punta del Este, Uruguay
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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

When your ship pulls into port at Punta del Este, spend half a day on a private shore excursion of the coastal resort town in southern Uruguay. Marvel at ocean views from Punta Ballena (Whale Point) before your guide drives you through sophisticated downtown neighborhoods. See the sailboats of unspoiled Playa Brava, a popular beach featuring whimsical sculptures, and stroll along Gorlero Avenue and Artigas Square to browse local shops during a bit of free time. Round-trip port transport by private vehicle is included.
  • 4-hour Punta del Este private shore excursion
  • Enjoy a scenic drive with fantastic coastal views from Punta Ballena with your private guide
  • Discover the lovely neighborhoods of Beverly Hills, San Rafael and Cantegril
  • Admire the pristine seaport and sailboats of Playa Brava
  • Spend free time strolling Gorlero Avenue, lined with shops, galleries and restaurants
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We will be waiting you at the pier with a sign with your name.

Ports

  • Porto Punta del Este, Rambla Gral. Artigas, 20100 Punta del Este, Departamento de Maldonado, Uruguay


When your ship docks at the cruise terminal, enjoy a convenient pickup by private vehicle. Start your Punta del Este shore excursion with a scenic coastal drive around the peninsular resort town, narrated by your knowledgeable private guide.

Soak up ocean views from Punta Ballena and search for migrating whales before taking in the sophisticated residences of upscale neighborhoods including Beverly Hills, Cantagril and San Rafael. Admire the pristine beaches and multicolored homes of La Barra del Maldonado, then get a panoramic view of this scene from La Gogorita.

Cross Maldonado Stream toward Jagüel Park with its impressive animal sculptures, and end up at Playa Brava to watch the sailboats and snap photos of La Mano (The Hand), also known as Los Dedos (The Fingers) — a sculpture by Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal that depicts five human fingers emerging from the sandy beach. Your guide also takes you to Playa Mansa, located on the opposite side of the peninsula.

When you reach Gorlero Avenue, step out of your tour vehicle to walk the coastal promenade. Use your free time to purchase a meal (own expense) or browse the local art galleries and shops of Artigas Square, which features some of the city's best handicrafts including Uruguayan leather, wood and glass products. 

Your 4-hour tour ends with return transport to your cruise ship.

Worry-free Shore Excursion: 

We will ensure your timely return to the Punta del Este port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Mano de Punta del Este
Iconic image of Punta del Este and a great photo opportunity.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Playa Brava
Great beach of Punta del Este.
Stop At:  
Avenida Gorlero
Main street.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Playa Mansa
Calm and nice beach.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mirador Punta Ballena
Great views
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Conrad Casino
The most important hotel of Punta del Este
Stop At:  
Puerto de Punta del Este
Small port of Punta del Este
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Casapueblo
Casapueblo is the old summer house of Uruguayan plastic artist and architect Carlos Páez Vilaró, currently a house-sculpture that includes a museum, an art gallery and a hotel.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Punta Ballena
Punta Ballena
Stop At:  
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo
OPTIONAL
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Puente De La Barra
Famous and special bridge of La Barra
Stop At:  
Parque El Jaguel
El Jaguel
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Top Private Tours

If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Punta del Este Shore Excursion: Private Sightseeing Tour of Punta del Este?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Punta del Este Shore Excursion: Private Sightseeing Tour of Punta del Este.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Punta del Este Shore Excursion: Private Sightseeing Tour of Punta del Este?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by Punta del Este Shore Excursion: Private Sightseeing Tour of Punta del Este.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Punta del Este Shore Excursion: Private Sightseeing Tour of Punta del Este?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Punta del Este Shore Excursion: Private Sightseeing Tour of Punta del Este.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Punta del Este Shore Excursion: Private Sightseeing Tour of Punta del Este?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Punta del Este Shore Excursion: Private Sightseeing Tour of Punta del Este.

Reviews

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Punta del Este
Frank_W
, Apr 2020
The guide had only moved to Punta del Este 2 months prior to our tour. She had no previous experience as a tour guide. She was very pleasant but her English was not very good. she relied on the driver to tell her about the sights in spanish and then she would relay to us that information in English. We did cover the major sights of the area.
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overall tour of the city
Daniel_S
, Mar 2020
We were given a very nice overview of Punta del Este. It was nothing exceptional, but our guide was very friendly, his English was good and he clearly wanted to be sure we saw everything possible in our allotted time. Admittedly, there is not a lot to see in Punta Del Este and so half the tour was in museums. We certainly have no complaints about the excursion.
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Punta del Este
Jacques_B
, Feb 2020
Lovely and relaxed 4 hour tour, taking in all the highlights. Well worth the money. Would recommend.
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Don’t go use a local taxi
fbancone
, Jan 2020
We booked a tour for four people, thankfully only three took the tour. The tour guide arrived 15 minutes late. He apologized for being late and told us he needed to pick up the car for the tour. The tour for four people was done in a Nissan Altima. The car was way to small for two six foot men. The tour guides English was not up to that of a professional tour guide. We could have taken a tour at pier side for much less money in a comfortable van.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear Bancome, tour for four is always done in a Van with 6 or more seats. Your tour was for only 3 people.
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Orlando was on time and very...
Rebecca M. J
, Mar 2018
Orlando was on time and very professional. He had a clean Mercedes sedan with water bottles for us. He hit all the interesting highlights and got us back to our ship exactly when we asked. He is a very nice gentleman.
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Excellent tour guide whom my two...
richard b
, Jan 2018
Excellent tour guide whom my two children and my wife and I enjoyed thoroughly.
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Great tour if you are looking for a...
Thomas J
, Jan 2018
Great tour if you are looking for a lot of sites in a short period of time. Our guide was prompt and very personable who took time to share info that you would not experience on a group tour. Not only did we see the main points of interest, we visited several that sites that were unique. As examples, the bridge that has 2 10 foot humps that allow boat traffic and the most unusual curio shop - souvenir shop and a museum dedicated to cannabis and it's legalization in Uruguay .
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Overall this is highly...
Veronica V
, Mar 2017
Overall this is highly recommendable. Great sights, great tour guide, comfortable vehicle. Just recommend to include Maldonado in the tour so travelers can also see the old town of Punta del Este.
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Picked up from the quayside, Franco...
Philip B
, Feb 2017
Picked up from the quayside, Franco was waiting for us. There was just the four of us on this tour so very personal. Franco was only 17 but very keen to please, excellent English and he wanted to make sure we had seen the highlights. There are some beautiful houses there and lovely beaches but not a lot of sightseeing attractions. Franco answered all our questions but we felt that he could have given us more general information about Uruguay this was probably due to his age. The tour was expensive compared to others we had booked in Argentinaand Chile
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The father and son team of driver...
Nancy L
, Mar 2016
The father and son team of driver and guide was really great. The son, at times hard to understand, but tried very hard to give us a good tour. We felt we saw everything in the area and were provided good local information along the way.
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