Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Where to go in the summer (Maldonado)

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Maldonado is another departamento that you can visit in the summer. It is really pretty in the winter as well but you can’t enjoy the beach too much when it is so cold. Punta del Este is a good place to visit in the winter as you can sometimes see whales swimming in the ocean but we are concentrating in the summer here. If you like sailing or water sports this is probably the way to go because in Rocha there is not much more than surf to do. Here you can do parasailing, jetski and some other things. You can also use parapentes if you know how. There are many people doing that at Punta Ballena, near Casapueblo Hotel (the white building in the picture) all the time.





Punta del Este is probably our best known seaside resort, an hour and a half drive from Montevideo. You can also get there by plane or boat but usually only people coming from Argentina will do this, Uruguayans just drive. It gets really fancy and expensive in the summer, with lots of celebrities visiting from all over the world. The beaches are beautiful and the city itself is really pretty. The main reason why so many people visit, besides beauty, is probably safety. Downtown Punta del Este, also known as Gorlero, is full of really young kids playing video games until their parents come to get them at around 3 in the morning. At that time hundreds of teenagers will be hitchhiking to La Barra, where most of the dance clubs for youngsters are. La Barra is separated from Punta del Este by these two very particular bridges.



There are many things to see and do here, but some of them are a must-see. The sculpture with the fingers on the Brava beach, Casapueblo Hotel and the bridges of La Barra are the most typical attractions. Punta del Este is in Uruguay but sometimes people think it is in Argentina because most of the tourists that can afford it in the summer are from Buenos Aires.



Another option, and a cheaper one is Piriápolis. This is a smaller city and it has our tallest hills: Cerro Pan de Azúcar and Cerro San Antonio (I don’t think you can call them mountains they are about 500 meters tall max). You can hike Cerro Pan de Azúcar and get inside the cross that stands on the top.



To Cerro San Antonio you can go up by car or by using the chair lifts that you can see in the following picture.



This is the view of Piriápolis from up there.



There are many other seaside resorts with beautiful beaches in Maldonado, such as Cuchilla Alta, Playa Hermosa, Punta Colorada, etc but I can’t cover them all so I went for these two. In most places with water here you can see people fishing, if you like fishing Uruguay is a good place for that year round.



You can ask questions about the other ones if you have any.

19 comments:

Oskar said...

Hola

Encontre este site navegando por internet y me ha gustado bastante.Me ha hecho recordar el viaje que hice a Argentina y a Uruguay en 2004. Uruguay me encanto, tanto que estoy viendo la forma de poder irme a vivir alla.Tengo
26 años, bachiller en Ingenieria de Sistemas,hablo Español e Ingles de forma fluida y un poco de portugues.
Conozco bastante de la idiosincracia del pueblo uruguayo, no tendria problemas de adaptarme. Lo unico que
necesito es un trabajo para poder mantenerme alla.Sabes de que forma podria conseguir uno?? Lo mio son la s redes,administracion de sistemas Linux, desarrollo de software,etc.
Un saludo desde Lima, Peru

Tali said...

Nosotros somos también ingenieros en computación. Es el trabajo para el que más hay puestos aquí, no creo que tengas mucho problema en encontrar trabajo. No se cómo es el tema para contratar extranjeros pero seguro que nada demasiado complejo. El lugar donde se ven las ofertas de trabajo es www.gallito.com.uy y entras al rubro trabajos y luego destacados. La página está muy mal hecha pero es lo que hay... Cualquier cosa nos avisas cuando estés acá y te ayudamos. Tali

Anonymous said...

Hola

Gracias por tu respuesta. Me alegra mucho que esten dispuestos a ayudarme..Se que la situacion en uruguay esta bien jodida,como en casi todo sudamerica, pero igual quiero hacer esto. Tengo una amiga uruguaya que trabaja como desarrolladora en cobol,y tb me paso el dato del gallito, y concuerdo con ustedes en que la pagina es un mess total! :)
Bueno, me gustaria saber si me podrian dar algun email o si utilizan msn menssenger para poder comunicarmos mejor..Estoy pensando seriamente viajar a uruguay a finales de abril principios de mayo de este año. Una vez mas muchas gracias por todo.
Un abrazo desde Lima
Oskar.

Tali said...

Oskar, por ahora podes escribir a fromuruguay@gmail.com, despues te paso mi e-mail personal. Saludos, Tali

Oskar said...

Ok, me comunicare a ese correo.
Gracias

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