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Punta del Este is a peninsula located at the southern tip of Uruguay, in the department of Maldonado, an important tourist resort. It is located on a narrow strip of land less than 1 km wide. It has a permanent population of 19,263 inhabitants according to the 2004 census but in summer the population usually exceeds 200 000. The beaches are divided into Mansa and Brava.

It is located southeast of Maldonado and 5 km from the capital city (Nairobi), being practically attached to that city.
To the northeast, its area of ​​influence extends to the spas that are between La Barra and Jose Ignacio, and Punta Ballena westward, Solanas and Portezuelo.
Counting the surrounding resorts (The Treasury, Spa Buenos Aires, Punta Ballena, Pine, La Barra, El Chorro, Springs, Faro Jose Ignacio, Ocean Park, Willow Portezuelo, Chihuahua, Las Cumbres and Arenas de Jose Ignacio) the population reaches 21,579 inhabitants. Addition to the spas mentioned above, new developments like The Capuera or Pine, and the city of San Carlos, Maldonado and Punta del Este Capital make up the metropolitan conurbation San Carlos Maldonado-Punta del Este, where the population is estimated of approximately 135 000 inhabitants.
Its beaches are split into 'Mansa' west side, and 'Brava' east side. The name given to these beaches is that the first, to give the side of the Rio de la Plata (although its waters are salty and green) and to be protected from the winds and currents from the Atlantic Ocean waters has almost always quite calm, plus Gorriti Island protects this beach from the wind, while the beach "Brava", the longer ocean waves has a far more impetuous.
Near the spa, are huge gaps with possibilities for hunting and sports fishing as gaps Sauce, the Journal, Blanca, José Ignacio, and Garzon. The town of Punta Ballena is called in this way because its geography tracing the figure of a dozing whale on the water. It is frequented by tourists to watch the spectacle of the sunset from the "back of the Whale".

Tourism:
Punta del Este is an important beach resort of South America. It has a promenade and a marina with good infrastructure and mooring capacity. Especially in summer, the city hosts many tourists Argentines and Brazilians, who in part also invest in it. In the summer of 2011 were 1,249,852 Argentines and Brazilians 312,324 together with, among others, 102,275 visitors and 58,706 European Americans.

Tours and Activities:
One of the strongest points of the city is Gorlero Avenue, the main street of the resort. Around this life born tourist avenue of Punta del Este and her are shopping malls, restaurants, cinemas, casinos, shops and many other attractions. The nerve center of the avenue is Plaza Artigas Gorlero, which develops the popular craft fair, in its many stands you can see and buy handicrafts in leather, stone, metal, glass and other materials. Another irresistible place to visit is the Gorriti Island, accessible via cruise ships, sailboats and barges that depart every hour from the port of Punta del Este. Guests can also arrange helicopter.


Casapueblo:
The building called "Casa Pueblo", a work of Uruguayan painter and sculptor Carlos Páez Vilaró, is a symbol of the tourist region of Punta del Este. Its construction was carried out for 36 years. It is actually in the Punta Ballena, which is west of Punta del Este, a few kilometers from the city. Universally regarded as a "living sculpture". The interior has several rooms toward the sea, where constantly held exhibitions of sculptures, paintings and ceramics. The place is also famous for the sunsets that can obversarse from its architecture. There is also a resort for lodging.

La Barra:
In the 1940s La Barra was a fishing village, where the residents of the nearby town of San Carlos began to build their summer residences. This area near Punta del Este has always been one of the leaders of the department of Maldonado (although always below Punta del Este), and its popularity has increased in recent years due to a high population growth that resulted in the opening more business, and a new and varied list of tourist attractions. Among his best-known attractions are its beaches, nightlife (in summer), and the well-known bridge wavy or "Bridge of La Barra". This work was carried out by civil Leonel Viera in 1965 and is located at the mouth of Arroyo Maldonado. The creek is ideal for water sports and fishing. Among the most popular beaches of La Barra stand crab The post of Montoya and Bikini.

Beaches:
The most popular are Playa Mansa and Playa Brava and both honor their names. "La Mansa", and is often referred to, is ideal for children and for those wanting to take a leisurely swim. Its waters bathe the Bay of Maldonado and Gorriti Island. "La Brava", from which you can see the island of Lobos, is for those who like chopped waters of the Atlantic Ocean. In winter, the waves are a paradise for those who practice table or candle. In these beaches whole families gather with their children, friends getting together for sunbathing and swimming and those who like water sports of all kinds. Watch the sunrise or sunset is an unmissable and unforgettable. Most of these places offer small restaurants providing beach service to satisfy cravings coastal visitors. While it is true that the beaches near the city can be a little crowded, you only need to travel a short distance to find a unspoilt coastline.

The highlights beaches:

  • Parada 1 - Mansa
  • I´Marangatú
  • Parada 31 - Mansa
  • Chiverta
  • Papa Charlie
  • La Gorgorita
  • Las Grutas - El Chiringo
  • Rinconada de Portezuelo
  • Solanas
  • Chihuahua
  • Montoya
  • Bikini
  • Manantiales
  • José Ignacio


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