Punta del Este

High-rise hotels and fine beaches
Carlos Páez Vilaró’s Casapueblo
The Hand in the Sand at Playa Brava

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Punta del Este

South American glamour

When you’re cruising the Atlantic Ocean with MSC Cruises, Punta del Este is the port of call for you in Uruguay. Situated on a narrow peninsula 140km east of Montevideo, Punta del Este is a jungle of high-rise hotels, expensive restaurants, casinos and designer stores bordered by some of the finest beaches on the coast.
Exclusive and luxurious, between this and the nearby towns of La Barra and José Ignacio, this is the place to be seen for many South American celebrities in summer.

The best thing to do in Punta del Este is what everyone else does: go to the beach. Within striking distance and well worth the trip is the whitewashed Casapueblo, a remarkable villa and art gallery. The beaches are what attract most visitors to Punta del Este, and two of the best are on either side of the neck of the peninsula.

Playa Mansa
on the bay side is a huge, arcing stretch of sand, with plenty of space for sunbathing and gentle waves, while Playa Brava on the eastern side is where you go if you’re serious about surfing, or simply to compare your height to the fingers of the uncanny Hand in the Sand sculpture, one of Uruguay’s most famous sights. The area’s best sight is Casapueblo, by Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró, a vision just waiting to be seen on an MSC South America excursion.

He started the construction himself in the late 1950s, and today it’s an unwieldy yet strangely beautiful villa, restaurant, hotel and art gallery clinging to the side of a craggy peninsula 15km west of Punta del Este. Bright white and lacking any right angles, it’s well worth a visit to see Vilaró’s artwork.

Must see places in Punta del Este

  • Carlos Páez Vilaró’s villa

    Carlos Páez Vilaró’s villa

  • Los Dedos

    Los Dedos

  • Casa Pueblo

    Casa Pueblo

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  • DISCOVER PUNTA DEL ESTE

    CITY TOUR

    BRPDE15

    Arriving at the pier by tender, you'll board your coach for a lovely drive through the city's residential districts. This famous South American seaside resort is the playground for the regional jet set and a world renowned site of many film festivals and international conferences. Often referred to as the St. Tropez of Uruguay, this popular resort area, with its miles of pristine beaches, is an international favourite. One of the more interesting features of Punta Del Este is that visitors can actually see the sun rise and set in the same waters due to its location on a peninsula that extends into the ocean. Your tour will first take you along the magnificent beach areas of Playa Mansa and Playa Brava Portezuelo and then through the tree-lined residential districts of San Rafael, Cantegrill and Beverly Hills, where you can see many of the city's beautiful mansions and well-tended private gardens. Your route also passes by the Tudor-styled San Rafael Casino. A brief photo stop will be made at Punta Ballena, before returning to the Pier, where you'll find a wonderful panoramic view of the peninsula and Casa Pueblo. Notes: There will be no time to enter the Casa Pueblo, only a photo stop and the entrance ticket to Casa Pueblo is not included in the tour. Although this tour is recommended for guests with walking difficulties, buses are not equipped with hydraulic elevators for wheelchairs. This excursion includes approximately 30 minutes free time depending on the traffic conditions at the beach board walk for stroll, pictures and enjoyment. There are kiosks in the beach boardwalk, therefore we advise guests to carry currency in cash if wishing to buy ice cream, coffee or drinks.
    • Long route by bus

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$45.00Price per person

    • Children$45.00Price per person

  • DISCOVER PUNTA DEL ESTE & CASAPUEBLO

    CITY TOUR

    BRPDE01

    Punta Del Este is world-renowned not only because of its natural resources but also for its famous visitors, such as Bush, Tony Curtis, Antony Queen, and Antonio Banderas among many others. You’ll enjoy a panoramic tour by bus through a residential and natural area such as; Cantegril, Parque de Golf and San Rafael. A photo stop at the beach before heading to Punta Ballena, where you will have an inside visit of Casapueblo, home and atelier of the famous painter Carlos Paez Vilaro. The walls of Casapueblo, in a Mediterranean style, expose the wonderful collection of one of the most important contemporaneous artists. It is, without a doubt the most famous Punta Del Este excursion. Remarks: The entrance ticket to Casa Pueblo is included in the value of the excursion. The order of the tour may vary and the visit to Casa Pueblo may occur before or after the sightseeing portion of the tour.
    • Long route by bus

    • Best seller

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$55.00Price per person

    • Children$55.00Price per person

  • DISCOVER PUNTA DEL ESTE & RALLI MUSEUM

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    BRPDE02

    Punta Del Este is a world-renowned seaside resort, where well-known people from all over the world gather. Punta del Este has a an active and high styled social life and a vast cultural, artistic and sport programs takes place every year.- A panoramic tour passing by the residential areas, such as, ‘’Cantegril’, ‘’Parque du Gold’’ and the ‘’Hotel San Rafael’, where the major congress are hold. The Tour will include a visit to “Ralli Museum” where there are works of South American painters and Dali sculptures. You will have approximately 30 minutes free time in downtown Punta Del Este at Av. Francia for souvenirs prior to the return to the ship. Remarks: The entrance to the Rally museum is included in the value of the excursion. The order of the tour may vary and the visit to the museum may occur before or after the sightseeing portion of the tour.
    • Long route by bus

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$49.00Price per person

    • Children$49.00Price per person

  • BIKINI BEACH IN LA BARRA

    SEA & SUN

    BRPDE10

    Looking for something different in Punta Del Este? A day at the beach may be what you are looking for! A panoramic transfer will take you from the pier all the way to “Bikini Beach”, located 30 minutes from Punta Del Este in “La Barra” the night life place of Punta Del Este, Considered the most glamorous beach in Punta Del Este, famous as a destination to the celebrities and jet-sets. You will have approximately 2 and a half hour to explore the beach and the city or even the local casino Mantra (located about 20 minutes walking from the beach) or perhaps do a little shipping in the main street. With crystal clear water and white sand, you may just enjoy the beach and relax under the sun. Remarks: Due to the amount of visitors during summer, the transit time to the beach and the length of free time in the beach will depend on the traffic. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). This excursion does not include stops for shopping or souvenirs. Please note that most of the stores and restaurants only open after 10:00am. This Excursion is only valid for cruises with embarkation in Buenos Aires: MSC Magnifica.
    • Long route by bus

    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$59.00Price per person

    • Children$59.00Price per person

  • VAN WITH DRIVER & TOUR GUIDE (7 SEATS)

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    BRPDE06

    Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Note: Rates valid within Punta del Este limits, it does not include tickets to any touristy attraction or lunch. The advertised price for this service is per vehicle, not per passenger. This service is available with or without a tour guide, depending on availability. The driver speaks only Spanish and the tour guide (if requested) speaks English or Spanish. The service without tour guide is not available for Grand Voyages. The departure of service can be requested for any time during the time call.
    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$700.00Price per person

    • Children$700.00Price per person

  • VAN WITH DRIVER ONLY (8 SEATS)

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    BRPDE04

    Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Note: Rates valid within Punta del Este limits, it does not include tickets to any touristy attraction or lunch. The advertised price for this service is per vehicle, not per passenger. This service is available with or without a tour guide, depending on availability. The driver speaks only Spanish and the tour guide (if requested) speaks English or Spanish. The service without tour guide is not available for Grand Voyages. The departure of service can be requested for any time during the time call.
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$519.00Price per person

    • Children$519.00Price per person

The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.

 

Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

Uruguay

Surfing and night life
Surfing and night life

It’s no wonder that Uruguay is often referred to as the Switzerland of South America. Through misfortune and good times, the Uruguayans maintain their traditionally laidback and cheerful attitude, and it’s not hard to see why with a cruise to Uruguay.

From the secluded surfing beaches of the Atlantic coast, to the rolling pastoral land of the interior tended by gauchos, or the picturesque streets of Colonia del Sacramento and the buzzing nightlife of Montevideo, theirs is a gem of a nation set between the South American giants of Brazil and Argentina.

“Tranquilo” (peaceful) could be Uruguay’s national motto, and, after witnessing the beauty of the land and the relaxed kindness of its people, you are unlikely to be in any hurry to leave. You are unlikely to walk down a single street in Uruguay without seeing someone carrying the thermos, pots and metal straw (bombilla) required for maté.

In a tradition that goes back to the earliest gauchos, Uruguayans are said to drink even more of the grassy tea than the Argentines, and a whole set of social rituals surrounds it. At the close of a meal, the maté is meticulously prepared before being passed round in a circle.

 
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