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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

What You Can Expect

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

Punta del Este

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.

Customer Reviews

Nancy L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

we had a lovely time with Jeronimo. He showed us everything. we higly recommanded him.

Janice H G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Great tour, what a lovely place. Private tours are wonderful. Guide was very knowledgeable and helpful.


4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

Very interesting. Pretty beaches,beach front restaurants,new condos. This appears to be the up and coming go to place.

Philip B

3 star rating: Worth doing February 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

Richard S

3 star rating: Worth doing February 2014

this was a perfectly pleasant tour of a place with very little to see. The guide was pleasant and professional

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