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Things to do in Maldonado

Best attractions to visit in Maldonado

1. Isla de Lobos - Maldonado

Isla de Lobos

The size of the Isla de Lobos will surprise you. Is it a big island? No, it is a small island in Uruguay, which attracts several tourists each year. You will find tourists coming to the island via a ferry from Corralejo. If you have yet to travel by ferry, now is your chance. You will find the cottages of El Purertito. The simplistic design of the small cottages, situated around the sea pools, is a sight you cannot forget easily. Some of the huts exhibit Greek influences, which you can find in the window frame and blue doors. Don’t worry, you will have plenty of things to do in the Isla de Lobos. You can explore the island, traveling on the paths, leading to inland pools, an empty lighthouse, and salt marshes. Visiting the Isla de Lobos is just one of the many things to do in Uruguay. You can make the Isla de Lobos your first or your final stop before you have to leave the beautiful and exotic country of Uruguay. If you are planning to visit the Isla de Lobos on your trip, you should ensure you go there in when there is still light out. Go with your family and friends.


2. Laguna del Sauce - Maldonado

Laguna del Sauce

Laguna del Sauce is a unique destination, as it is the largest body of water in the city of Maldonado. When you are there, be on the lookout for the country’s native animals such spoonbills, herons, black necked swan, and southern screamers. If you are in Punta del Este, just travel 9 miles west of it to reach the destination. What are some things to do in Laguna del Sauce? If you are a water sports enthusiasts, you enjoy surfing the waves and wind surfing. You can travel to the surroundings area to see other destinations flocked by tourists. You can visit the Lake Capuera and the golf course if you like golfing. If you are brining children along, take them to Jacaranda Park. You will have a blast in Laguna del Sauce. Visiting Laguna del Sauce is one of the most popular things do in Uruguay. If you truly want to see the beauty of the country, you should make your way down to the Laguna del Sauce. You will enjoy seeing the sights of surfers riding the waves, children playing, and tourists taking snaps of the exotic location. If you do not have any plans to visit the country, you should start making them.


3. Puente Leonel Viera - Maldonado

Puente Leonel Viera

You should thank the owner of the hotel La Barra, Martinez, who convinced the President of Uruguay to build a bridge, connecting the town of La Barra and Punta del Este in 1963. In 1965, the bridge became open to the public. Since then, both locals and tourists frequently cross the bridge to travel from one town to the other. The popularity of the bridge is due to its undulated design where one part of the bridge lowers down to the water. However, it is just a bridge so what are some of the things to do in Puente Leonel Viera. The reason tourists are travel to see the bridge is to see its unique shape, given to it by Leonel Viera, an engineer. If you want to see something different, visit the bridge. The government decided to construct another bridge in the same style to accommodate the heavy foot traffic. This is one of the main things to do in Uruguay. Since you will probably have the town La Barra and Punta del Este on your list of places to go, you will come across the bridge anyways so why not cross the wavy structure. If you have children, they will want to cross it a couple of times.


4. Punta Ballena, Casapueblo - Maldonado

Punta Ballena Casapueblo

Are you staying in Casapueblo, a hotel in Punta Ballena? If you are not, you should. When you reside in the hotel, it will be like reliving history. After 36 years, the construction on hotel finished and it opened its doors for tourists. Inside the hotel, there is an art studio, museum, and an art gallery. The best part is its ideal location. You will have plenty of things to do in Punta Ballena – Casapueblo, which is why you should come and reside at the hotel. You can start your tour of the town by taking a trip down to the Casapueblo citadel. The tourist hotspot is known as artist Carlos Paez Vilaro home and the place where he envisioned a Living Sculpture in 1958. He used to add extra rooms to accommodate his friends. If you are not in the mood to visit historical destinations, you can visit the spots popular for hang gliding. You can hand out at the hotel if you want, enjoying it many amenities such as a heating swimming pool, spa, bar, sauna, and restaurant. You will come across several tourists who have come to the country. You can explore the country and find different things to do in Uruguay.


5. Mano de Punta del Este - Maldonado

Mano de Punta del Este

Punta del Este is one of the most stunning beach resorts in Uruguay. The beach resort is situated on a peninsula, dividing the Atlantic Ocean from the Rio de la Plata. Over the years, the location has become the star attraction for tourists due to the presence of the Mano de Punta del Este, sculpted by Mario Irarrázabal, an artist. La Mano stands for hand and it illustrates human fingers, rising halfway from the sand. You will have to travel to Brava Beach to see it. The artist made the sculpture to warn people of the dangers of swimming in the deep end of the ocean. Things to do in Mano de Punta del Este include swimming, windsurfing, walking, sunbathing, and jogging. Tourists have popularized the sculpture throughout the world. If you visit the country, make your way up to the location of Mano de Punta del Este to see the drowning hand for yourself. There are several things to do in Mano de Punta del Este as well. You can take a picture next to the hand or swim on the beach. The sculpture remains the highlight of people’s tour of the beach resort. Bring your family to see the hand.


6. Hiking - Maldonado


7. Punta Colorada - Maldonado

Punta Colorada

Punta Colorada is a stunning resort in Maldonado, Uruguay. Over the years, the destination has become one of the most frequently visited spots in the city. Anyone planning to visit the resort will have several activities to keep them busy throughout the day. The primary reason tourists travel to Punta Colorada is for the Punta Colorada beach and the San Francisco beach. Out of the two beaches, you will more tourists gathered at the San Francisco beach. Collectively, the beaches go by the name of La Mansa and the La Brava. You will have several things to do in Punta Colorada due to the beaches located there. Do you like to fish? Do you like swim in the lovely blue water? Do you like to play sports? You can do all of that and more there. If your definition of fun is to sit on the beach and watch the waves wash ashore, you can do that as well. If you are residing in Punta Colorada for the summer, you can visit the beaches anytime you want to. Punta Colorada is a family-friendly destination so bring your entire family along. Together, you can come with a list of things to do in Uruguay. Have an exciting time.


8. Paseo Sierra de Las Animas - Maldonado

Paseo Sierra de Las Animas

You come to Paseo Sierra de Las Animas to discover nature, as you make your way to the top. People who enjoy hiking should join a tour that will take them over the grassy hilltops to reach the top to enjoy the glamorous and breathtaking view before you. You will come across beautiful pools, lush, green trees, and streaming waterfalls. What are some things to do in Paseo Sierra de Las Animas? You will encounter eight striking pools and two waterfalls. You will come across the beautiful sights as you hike along the trail, leading you to the camping spot. Camping out in the open provides you with a completely different experience and you take home pleasant and wonderful memories from your trip to the Paseo Sierra de las Animas. Paseo Sierra de las Animas is one of the many fantastic things to do in Uruguay. It will give you a chance to see a different part of the country. You will get to meet and form friendships with people from different parts of the world who have joined your hiking tour. Take your camera with you so you can take pictures of the pools, waterfalls, nature, and the campsite.


9. Playa Montoya - Maldonado

Playa Montoya

There are several reasons why you should travel down to the Playa Montoya. When you visit the beach, you will find out why it has become the center of attraction. The beach has become a hip and happening destination for families, couples, and the locals who visit the beach to surf or sit, relax, and watch the waves come ashore. Since the beach is crowded during the summer and spring with children and adults, you will see plenty of lifeguards. It has become a popular surfing destination in the city due to the high tides. In the past, the World Surfing Championship and the Uruguayan Surfing Tour have chosen Playa Montoya as their surfing destination. Although there are not several things to do in Playa Montoya, you will still have fun. Anyone who likes to surf should go to the beach and anyone who doesn’t can watch the surfers do their thing. You can lie down on the warm sand, wear your shades, run some suntan lotion on your skin, and close your eyes. If you want to tune the noise out, wear headphones and listen to soft music. Visiting Playa Montoya is one of most fun things to do in Uruguay.


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