Mama Travels: Punta Del Este, Uruguay
My birthday is in February and my younger sister Julie’s is in March, so between February and March we always try to take a sister trip to somewhere fab and this time it was Argentina and Uruguay. Buenos Aires (BA) and Punta Del Este (Punta) to be exact.
The first destination was Punta Del Este. We decide to fly to BA which takes about 12 hours, then switched to another airport and a plane for an 1.5-hour flight to Punta. Once landed Punta we rented a car: a stick shift. It took quite the getting used to and brought back memories of burning out clutches and breaks in the high school parking lot.
Punta Del Este is beautiful and charming. It’s like South Beach in Miami had a love child with Montauk. This beach town is pretty much only popular for 3 months out of the year: December to February. Being mid-March, things were slow and the weather was a bit unpredictable, but in my opinion it was the best time to go to avoid the high prices and crowds the peak season brings.
Since it wasn’t really beach weather (sunny but windy), we ended up packing our days with other activities and sightseeing. We visited the Casapublo, a house built by Carlos Paez Vilaro that resembles Gaudi or Picasso. Wine tasting in Playa Vix and Ballena, horseback riding, and yes photo shoots anywhere we thought it was amazing which was like every street in Punta. My favorite town was Jose Ignacio, a super-charming beachy town with a perfect pizzeria named “Don’t Forget My Name” as if anybody really could.
I am a huge fan of Punta Del Este and hope I can come back for an entire 3 months next time!