Set out from Punta del Este on a half-day sightseeing tour of José Ignacio, a once sleepy coastal village that's since become into a popular stop for world travelers. Enjoy a remarkably scenic drive up the coast to bohemian José Ignacio, passing through colorful beach towns en route. Once here a guide will show you around the village's best known attractions, including its legendary lighthouse, Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion Parish Church and the Sea Museum, home to shark jaws, turtle shells, coral and over 5,000 marine life species.
- 4-hour tour from Punta del Este to José Ignacio
- Visit the town’s top attractions: José Ignacio Lighthouse and the Sea Museum
- Pickup up a souvenir if you wish at a local crafts market
- Enjoy the town’s secluded location on the Atlantic Coast
- Catch Atlantic Ocean views as you pass through beach towns like La Barra
- Hear about the sights you see from a knowledgeable guide
What You Can Expect
Jose Ignacio Lighthouse
After pickup from your Punta del Este hotel by air-conditioned coach, your 4-hour sightseeing tour begins as you make your way northeast to José Ignacio. Look out the window and admire beautiful Atlantic views as you drive along the ocean-side road, passing through the beach towns of La Barra (a colorful village popular for its Montoya Beach), Manantiales, El Chorro and Balneario Buenos Aires.
Arrive in José Ignacio ready to see its top sights with your knowledgeable guide; the small coastal village is best known for its eponymous lighthouse, which you’ll visit in addition to other attractions like José Garzon Lagoon, a local handicrafts market and Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion Parish Church.
Then visit the Sea Museum, where you’ll see one of the world’s largest shell collections. The museum is home to more than 5,000 species of marine life, both alive and in skeletal form, including sea faun, coral, sea stars, sea horses, dolphin and whale skeletons, turtle shells and shark jaws.
After you’ve soaked up the beauty and relaxing atmosphere of José Ignacio, you’ll be returned to your hotel.