On your drive into the city you cannot help noticing this beautiful fountain. Take the time to stop or go back later for a better look at the Fuente de Venus. It is an exact replica of the fountain in Villa Paravicini, Italy. It is in a park like setting with beautiful trees and benches.
When we were there we kept hearing birds that sounded like parrots. After looking about the trees we finally spotted them across the highway. There were several "condos" full of Monk Parakeets.
Close to the beach, in front of the port, is situated Cerro del Inglés (Englishman's Hill), which has a height of 130 m. At the top it has a small chapel with a statue of San Antonio (Saint Anthony), made of terracotta and brought from Milan, so everybody calls this hill San Antonio. From the top the view is awesome; it is esy to climb and there are cable chairs from the port to the top.
Girls pray San Antonio for a boyfriend...
Cerca de la playa, frente al puerto, se encuentra el Cerro del Inglés, que tiene una altura de 130 m. En la cima hay una capillita con una imagen de San Antonio hecha en terracota y traída desde Milán, por lo que todo el mundo le dice San Antonio a este cerro. Desde la cima la vista es magnífica; es fácil subir y hay aerosillas desde el puerto hasta la cima.
La chicas le rezan a San Antonio para que les consiga un novio...
Cerro del Toro (Bull's Hill) is another of the several hills close to the beach; it measures 195 m, and at 100 m there is a fountain brought from Paris, that represents a bull that throws mineral water from its mouth.
El Cerro del Toro is otro de los numerosos cerros cercanos a la playa: mide 195 m de altura, y a los 100 m hay una fuente traída de París, que representa a un toro que lanza agua mineral por su boca.
From the top of Cerro del Toro the sight is wonderful; you find the city and the beach at your feet. But sometimes you cannot enjoy the landscape: once I climbed this hill with a group of my students of 1st degree (12 years old), and I was so worried about losing a kid, that I did not enjoy the view at all!
Desde la cima del Cerro del Toro la vista es maravillosa; encuentras la ciudad y la playa a tus pies. Pero a veces no puedes disfrutar el paisaje: una vez yo subí este cerro con un grupo de alumnos de 1er año (12 años de edad), y estaba tan preocupada por que no se me perdiera ninguno, que no disfruté la vista en lo más mínimo!!!
Cerro Pan de Azúcar (Sugar Loaf Hill) is the most emblematic (and the highest) of the hills of Piriápolis. It has a height of 423 m, and at the top there is a cross of 35 m, dreamed up by poet Juan Zorrilla de San Martín and built by Izzola and De Armas.
El Cerro Pan de Azúcar es el más emblemático (y el más alto) de los cerros cercanos a Piriápolis. Tiene una altura de 423 m, y en su cima hay una cruz de 35 m de altura, ideada por el poeta Juan Zorrilla de San Martín y construída por Izzola y De Armas.
To climb Cerro Pan de Azúcar is a good exercise (a little hard if you are not in your better days) but the landscape from the top is awesome.
Subir el Cerro Pan de Azúcar es un buen ejercicio ( un poco arduo si no estás en tus mejores días) pero el paisaje desde la cima es espectacular.
The Estación de Cría de Fauna Autóctona is situated at one hillside of Cerro Pan de Azúcar; several species of native animals can be seen here, in a natural environment. Ñandúes (american ostriches), chajás, vultures, penguins, carpinchos, stags... and many more.
The picture shows a ñacurutú (Bubo virginianus), a kind of owl (50 cm high, that lives on the top of the trees during the day light, and chases during the night).
La Estación de Cría de Fauna Autóctona está situada en una ladera del Cerro Pan de Azúcar; numerosas especies de animales autóctonos pueden ser observados allí, en un ambiente natural. Ñandúes, chajás, buitres, pingüinos, carpinchos, venados... y muchos más.
La foto muestra un ñacurutú (Bubo virginianus), un búho (50 cm de altura, que vive en los árboles altos durante el día, y caza durante la noche).
There are different kind of stags in Uruguay; the "country stag" (Ozotocerus bezoarticus) is a threatened species; another stag is "guazú-birá" (Mazama gouazoubira), a cute little animal that lives in the woods and has crepuscular customs.
Hay diversas especies de venados en Uruguay; el "venado de campo" (Ozotocerus bezoarticus) es una especie amenazada; otro venado es el "guazú-birá" (Mazama gouazoubira), un animalito precioso que vive en la espesura de los montes y es de hábitos crepusculares.
The Native Fauna Reserve has not only animals... the whole park is beautiful, and it is the gateway to climb Cerro Pan de Azúcar. It also has a restaurant and entertainings for kids.
The picture shows another native animal: that is me among the plants.
La Reserva de Fauna Autóctona no sólo tiene animales... el parque todo es hermoso, y es la puerta de acceso a escalar el Cerro Pan de Azúcar. También tiene un restaurante y juegos para los niños.
La foto muestra otro animal autóctono: esa soy yo, entre las plantas.
Castillo de Piria was where Francisco Piria had his private residence. It was designed by architect Monzani in 1897. The castle was constructed in red brick, like Italian villas of that era.
Flanking both sides of the entrance to the castle, are statues of Great Dane dogs. This breed was a favorite of Piria.
Upon entering you are escorted up a flight of stairs to the second floor. There you will see the parlour with balcony, dining room, library, reading room, and two bedrooms. The rooms are filled with beautiful furniture from Italy and floor coverings from Turkey.
The basement has a kitchen, items taken from the Argentinio Hotel, and many photos.
The grounds of the Castle are very pretty .
The Castle is open every day except Mondays and admission is free of charge.
While going around the 25 km coast of Piriapolis you will see one beach after the other. All are different but all beautiful. The beach of the Rambla is probably the most visited because it is in the center of the city. It is a wide light sand beach with calm water and not very deep.
At the east of Piriapolis is Beach San Francisco, it has white sand and is a favorite of surfers.
My favorite was probably Punta Colorado which is the next beach after San Francisco.
It was named for the red colored rocks that are in the water there. The rocks attract many seabirds and fishermen.
Drive up to the top of San Antonio hill, the highest in Piriapolis. You can also go up on a lift from the marina, if you prefer.
On the way up to the summit, you will see a statue of the Fisherman's Virgin, looking out to sea.
At the top you will see some excellent views of the city. You will also find a restaurant and two souvenir shops.
Stay and watch the sunset.
Visit the Argentino Hotel and Casino that Francisco Piria had built back in 1930. At that time it was the largest and plushest hotel in South America. It is still considered large and is in excellent condition. The hallways have pictures taken in the 30's on the walls.
You can eat in the restaurant, the food is very good. You can still stay in the hotel which has a spa.. The casino is open at 3pm.
You can drive up the north side of the second highest hill in Piriapolis. There you will see a park like setting.
Walk up some steps and you will see the life-size bronze statue of a bull spouting water from its mouth. The bull was shipped to Piriapolis from Paris and it weighs 3000km.
Up several more steps there is an area with several trees and bushes plus a large jungle cat.
Pan de Azucar hill is the third highest hill near Piriapolis. This hill you have to climb because there is no road just a foot path. At the top there is a large cement cross. You can climb the spiral stairwell inside the cross for a better view from the top.
It takes about 2 hours each way to climb the hill.
This hill is a landmark because it can be seen from miles away.