Piriápolis Travel Guide

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Piriápolis Things to Do

  • Piriapolis Beach

    Piriapolis is one of the most attractive of the seaside towns along the southern Uruguayan coast and in the summer season it attracts plenty of visitors. We visited Piriapolis out of season in September, which meant the weather was fairly cold and visitors were few. However, the beach was still very attractive, though it wasn't quite warm enough...

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  • Reserva de Fauna Autoctona

    Below Cerro Pan de Azucar is Reserva de Fauna Autoctona, a small zoo/animal reserve, where you can see a small selection of native species such as Nandu and Capybara. Also on display is a collection of snakes, many of which have been found on the slopes of the mountain. One or two of these species are venemous so I was glad I left seeing these...

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  • Cerro Pan de Azucar

    Uruguay's third highest mountain, Cerro Pan de Azucar, overlooks the town of Piriapolis and climbing it was the main purpose of our visit to the town. It looks much closer to the town than it actually is and you'll need to catch a bus to the start of the trail, which is in the Reserva, 5km north of Piriapolis and about halfway between it and the...

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  • Cerro San Antonio

    Cerro San Antonio overlooks the beach and it´s a fairly easy climb to the top. If you´re not feeling energetic you can drive up or take the chairlift (though this wasn't going during our trip so it´s probably for summer only). We tried to find a shortcut up alongside the chairlift but ran into a cul de sac. Another likely path ended in a dead end...

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  • Historical Hotel & Casino

    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...

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  • Castle by the sea

    Located in the center of Piriapolis, is Piria's first castle. It was built in 1910 with views of the beach and sea. I was fasinated by its beauty but it was closed when we were there. Posssibly it is only open during the high season.

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  • Tourist Office

    On the street next to the Argentino Hotel, you will see the tourist office. The ladies there are very helpful with information and maps of the area.

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  • Walk on the rambla

    Many people take their morning walks on the rambla. It goes all the way around the coast of Piriapolis.

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  • Beaches of Piriapolis

    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...

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  • Pan de Azucar hill

    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...

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  • Piria's Castle

    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...

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  • Replica of famous fountain

    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...

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Piriápolis Restaurants

  • good food

    Service was very good , uncomplicated,accurate,and fast.and more the dish was good size and tasted good.. the Uruguayan classic "chivito" la milena with fries on a plate.It is almost like hamburger:bread,meat,lettuce,tomatoes,boiled egg

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  • Excellent Food

    There are several dining rooms in the Argentinio Hotel. We ate in the informal dining room that had windows, we had a view of the sea and Piriapolis. The waitress was quite pleasant and spoke a few words of english. It was a very special feeling just being there in the hotel having lunch like so many others had before us. I had a steamed filet of...

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  • On the beach

    This restaurant was road from our apartment. You enter on the rambla, walk down a few steps to the beach, and there it is. It is one of those restaurants that are only open on week-ends so we thought since it was Sunday we best eat there.It was quite busy at lunchtime but we were served fairly quickly although the waiter said it would be 30 minutes...

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  • View of the sea

    I had read about this restaurant online but really found it quite by accident, it was near our apartment. A lot of restaurants close after the summer season or just open on week-ends. The sign out in front told their special of the day and the open sign was on. The restaurant faces the water and rambla. There is inside and outside seating.The menu...

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  • Stay away from the buffets!

    I figured I would treat my cousins and we went to a buffet that served grilled meat and had an extensive salad bar (90 pesos per person)Stay away! haha.. I think the salad bar was the stuff left over from lunch. The meat was so-so... and the service was awful. I left no tip, per my cousin´s recommendation.

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  • Best seafood of Piriapolis

    The seafood is delicious, no matter, what you order. The waiters are competent and helpful and they have an English menu for people who don't get along with the Spanish one. With good weather you can sit outside comfortably, enjoying the view of the sea and the rather quiet Rambla (the coastal road). The dorada is very tender, melting on your...

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Piriápolis Transportation

  • Montevideo to Piriapolis

    Piriapolis lies about 80 km east of Montevideo and frequent buses, many of which go on to Punta del Este, connect the two. The bus station in Piriapolis is about 4 blocks from the beach and within easy walking distance of the youth hostel and most of the hotels. If you are trying to get from Piriapolis to anywhere not along the coast you'll most...

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  • Rental car

    From the airport near Montevideo, it is about an hours drive to Piriapolis. You follow the Interbalnearia to the Piriapolis exit. From the exit to the city it is another 10 miles. You will have to pay 2 tolls ( local currency) on this route.The car rental offices are at the airport as you leave the building.

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  • Hitch-hiking

    There are buses that leads you from one part to another; of course, you can drive your car or ride your bike, but hitch-hiking is a common way of "traveling" during summertime.Hay buses que te llevan de un lugar a otro; por supuesto, puedes conducir tu auto o montar tu bicicleta, pero "hacer dedo" es una forma común de viajar durante el verano.

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Piriápolis Shopping

  • Stamps for postcards

    I am adding this tip about the post office because we could not find anywhere to buy stamps or mail our postcards. The lady at the tourist office even gave us a map with the location marked. Finally after several attempts we were able to find it.

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  • Markets

    There are several small Super Mercados in Piriapolis and one extra large one similar to a super Wal-Mart. That is where we stocked up on water, soda, and wine. Grocery items are not much less expensive than you would expect to pay in the US. Of course, the dollar isn't worth much these days.

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Piriápolis Local Customs

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    by kyoub Written Apr 17, 2008

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    Do not expect to have dinner before 9pm, at the very earliest, if you are eating in a restaurant. Most places close at 3pm and do not open again until 9pm.

    I think that is why lunch is the main meal of the day. I know we would have a late lunch and then just a snack at the apartment later on in the evening. The Super Mercados are open for snack attachs.

    Market
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Piriápolis Off The Beaten Path

  • Water Falls

    A few miles to the east of Mines City there is a rough gravel road that leads to Salto de Penitente (the Penitent's Walerfalls).This fall is located over a rocky backdrop covered in wild vegetation.When we were there it had not rained for awhile so the falls were not as large as we had expected.There is a nice lookout platform, some little shops,...

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  • Pargue Salus

    Park Salus is located 10 KM west of Minas which is 60Km from Piriapolis. It is the home of Uruguay's popular bottled water plant and also a brewery.There is also a park with nature trails, you can picnic among giant trees, flowers, and birds.The pampas is very flat so what you will see on your way there and return is cows, horses, sheep, and now...

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  • Visit Atlantida

    Atlantida is a beach town between Piriapolis and Montevideo. It has pretty beaches and is very popular with Uruguayan vacationers.We didn't go here to see the town or the beach, we went here to see El Aguilla-THE EAGLE.In 1945, a millionaire named Natalio Michelizzel hired a contractor named Juan Torres to build him a place on the beach where he...

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Piriápolis Sports & Outdoors

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    by andal13 Written Aug 31, 2003

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    Piriápolis and its surrroundings invite to hike and climb... The picture shows me, climbing Cerro Pan de Azúcar, a century ago...

    Piriápolis y sus alrededores invitan a caminar y trepar... La foto me muestra subiendo el Pan de Azúcar, un siglo atrás...

    At Pan de Az��car

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Piriápolis Favorites

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    by kyoub Written Apr 26, 2008

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    Favorite thing: We could sit out on our balcony having our morning coffee and watch the birds.
    There were always many pretty Great Kiskadees flying about the yard.
    We saw a Glittering-bellied Emerald Hummingbird in our tree every day. One morning we saw two.
    The Rufous Hornero is quite common but we also spotted a nest in the tree. It looks like a ball of mud. It is made of mud, grass, and dung.
    We could also see many seabirds out on the water.

    Hummingbird Nest
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