Punta del Este (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpunta ðel ˈeste] ) is a city and seaside resort on the Atlantic Coast in the Maldonado Department of southeastern Uruguay. Starting as a small town, Punta del Este later became internationally known as a resort for the Latin and North American jet set and tourists.
The city has been referred to as “the Monaco of the South”, “The Pearl of the Atlantic”, “the Hamptons of South America”, and “the St. Tropez of South America”.
What made this destination so unique (aside from the absolute picture perfect, pristine weather) was the unique architectural fabric of the town. Uruguan architecture students are mandated to travel abroad from 6-8 months to study global architecture and take inspiration back to Punta Del Este. The result is an amalgam of different styles that form a dream-like patchwork of color in this South American seaside town.
Biking, beaching, tennis and dining were the prime activities. The serene, slow nature of the trip contributed to a super sense of well-being. After a week, we ventured to Beunos Aires, Argentina where things moved at triple speed. Buenos Aries was 4x the size of New York City and had countless cultural insprations from the tango to the mango.