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Gorriti Island in Punte del Este, Uruguay

Uruguay Beach Escape

Example 4 Day Tour
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On this 4-day Uruguay Beach Escape Tour, explore José Ignacio, Uruguay's coastal gem, which offers a serene escape. This beach town combines natural beauty, artistic inspiration, and South American bohemian charm. It's known for its authentic atmosphere, where local culture thrives, rustic beachfront homes blend with pristine shores, and time slows down. Culinary delights await, with a mix of international and Uruguayan cuisine. Adventure seekers can surf, explore lagoons, or go horseback riding, while nature enthusiasts spot diverse wildlife. This José Ignacio tour invites you to savor South American coastal living and embrace its captivating bohemian allure—a hidden gem where the essence of Uruguay shines through. 
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Highlights
  • Explore Punta Del Este City Tour with Picnic at the Sculpture Park
  • Discover La Barra and the local towns famous for antique shops
  • Enjoy a bike ride along rural trails to the Anastasio Stream and kayak to the lagoon
  • Visit Bodega Garzón, the "Uruguayan Tuscany," for a tour w/ lunch & tasting
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Arrive Jose Ignacio

Upon your arrival at the hotel, meet with your local guide for the following tour:

Experience the Punta Del Este City Tour with a Picnic at the Sculpture Park. Visit the fascinating "Casapueblo," a magnificent property perched on the Atlantic Ocean hillside, designed and constructed by the renowned Uruguayan artist Carlos Paez Vilaró. Explore "Mansa" beach and uncover the area's pirate legends in "Las Delicias," situated in front of "Gorritti Island."  Also, have the opportunity to observe the sizeable sea lion population near the marina and port, where they gather to feed on fish provided by local fishermen.

The excursion continues to the undulating, whimsical bridge of La Barra and the charming local towns renowned for their antique shops and inviting atmosphere. The tour concludes with a visit to the Atchugarry Foundation and Sculpture Park, where you can relish a picnic lunch.

Day 2: Estancia Anastasio

After breakfast, you are transported to Estancia Anastasio, where you embark on a cycling adventure along rustic trails, passing by private ranches until you reach the Anastasio Stream. From this point, switch to kayaking and paddle your way to the lagoon. This particular lagoon connects to the sea during the winter season, making it a haven for various bird species such as flamingos, swans, herons, storks, and more. A classic picnic lunch is served, and afterward, pedal back to Jose Ignacio. If you prefer, this tour can be modified to include horseback riding instead of cycling.

Day 3: Garzon | Uruguayan Tuscany

Travel to Bodega Garzón for a Tour, Lunch, and Tasting: Exploring Garzon, Often Called the "Tuscany of Uruguay"

The excursion commences with a visit to the tranquil town of Garzon, often likened to the "Uruguayan Tuscany." Here, pause at the central square, chapel, and train station. Next, proceed to Garzon Winery for a comprehensive visit that includes wine tasting and a delightful lunch. Perched atop a rocky formation, the winery provides breathtaking views of the vineyards nestled on the hillside, featuring mineral-rich, well-draining soils that contribute to the production of high-quality grapes. Following the meal, you'll be transported back to your hotel.
 

Day 4: End of Tour

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, make your way to Punta del Este airport via a private transfer. 

Accommodations

Anastasio Hotel & Beach Club

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$1,740 2-3 travelers

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Included
  • 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
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  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Airport Departure Tax
  • Ferry or air tickets, to or from Montevideo.

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Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.

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Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.
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