Diving into a crystal clear saltwater lagoon and enjoying various water attractions for the family are some of the new proposals that Punta del Este has to offer to visitors this summer 2017. Located in the Solanas complex, at kilometer 118.500 of the Interbalnearia Route, more precisely, in the beach resort of Portezuelo, the first crystal lagoon in Uruguay opened in early January this year. The innovative initiative called Solanas Cristal Beach, emerged within the framework of the 40th Anniversary of Solanas Holiday Club and required an investment of 14 million dollars. This aquatic paradise offers the ideal conditions for recreation, swimming and water sports and it is the perfect place for relaxation surrounded by nature. It has an area of 5 hectares, includes 3 white sand beaches with loungers and services, two bars, a pedestrian path, and a children's pool with a pirate ship and slides. The place offers several activities to kids and adults such as hydro gym classes, rhythm gym, yoga, pilates, water sports school and games, children's shows, musical shows, a live DJ, water games, stand paddel, family and individual pedal boats, Catamaran trips, kayaks, and the big ball, among other proposals. Solanas Crystal Beach stands out for being sustainable and friendly with the environment, as it allows the rational use of scarce resources such as energy and water. For example, its innovative technology uses 100 times fewer products than conventional swimming pools and consumes only 2% of the energy required by traditional filter systems. This complies with the most demanding international standards of water quality. For now, the new artificial lagoon is only available to members of the holiday club but next season it is projected to be open to the public. For more information go to www.solanasvacation.com.ar
Boats leave from the port of Piriapolis every weekend to embark on whale watching. The boat rides are one hour long and cost approximately $400 and $200 for children under the age of ten. Although whales are not always visible, visitors often find penguins, turtles, albatrosses and petrels apart from the ever present sea wolves and sea gulls.
Another alternative for this boat rides is to embark at the port of Punta del Este. The Company registered at the Ministry of Tourism for these rides is Nautical Events, which also organizes special tours for groups upon previous arrangement.
There are those who say that fall is the best season in which to visit Punta del Este. Everything is quiet and the sound of the ocean envelops the city. The temperature is perfect to go on hikes and tours, such as a visit to the Parque de Esculturas (Sculpture Park) of the Pablo Atchugarry Art Foundation. Home to 25-hectares of natural scenery, visitors can see the artwork interact with the equally beautiful landscape. At the end of the day, the sun setting behind the sculptures is a view to remember.
Another autumn classic is the Lussich Arboretum, an artificial forest reserve with the highest diversity of imported species globally. The park measures around 192 hectares and is home to more than 400 exotic species from around the world and about 60 indigenous Uruguayan tree species. The arboretum was founded towards the end of the 19th century by the owner of a sea rescue company who started to plant seeds and roots from all the continents he had visited.
Breathe in the ocean breeze filtered through lush greenery and hear the birds singing. This is certainly a must-do for visitors coming to Punta Ballena.
This course is designed after American courses, which in uncommon in South America, with long fairways and ample and wide greens. This allows for different flag positions that can substantially modify each hole's difficulty. Near the golf course, on the shore of the Sauce Pond, there is a five-star hotel with 75 rooms.
|Adress:||Ruta 93 (Interbalnearia) - Km. 116,5 - Portezuelo|
|Telephone:||(59842) 578 423/24 - 579 147 - Fax: (59842) 579 148.|
|Construction:||6 of january of 1983|
|Holes :18||Ida 3695 - Vuelta 3370 - Total 7065.|
The burriqueta is known in Montevideo as the “spring queen.” It is the only species found on the Uruguayan maritime shore that lacks an air bladder, so it is all meat after it is cut along the underside to remove the viscera. The burriqueta is a sought after species with high culinary value and combative attitude. During its high season, an average of 100 pieces can be caught by groups of two or three fishermen, without ever having to leave the fishing clubs in the capital, Montevideo.
Burriqueta can be found all across Uruguay's maritime coast. In Maldonado and Rocha, to a varying degree depending on the season, they are available all year long. It is in Montevideo, however, where the burriqueta boom during September through November. During this time, the so-called“Burriqueta mattress”, as it is known locally, appears in Montevideo, boasting large shoals.
There are three species of groupers in Uruguay, similar in anatomy but differentiated by their colors and their dorsal fin. The different groupers are: the schemia, which is brightly colored with yellow and orange, the garopa, with brown and horizontal stripes, and the common grouper (Mero), of a brownish color. The scale color of fish changes depending on the waters the fish inhabits, a phenomenon that occurs in every species, fresh and ocean water alike, but is especially common in groupers.
The Mero can be always be found in José Ignacio near Punta del Este during the fall and winter months. Especially large specimens need strong equipment and skill to be reeled in. The Mero family inhabits the oceanic coast of Uruguay (Maldonado and Rocha shores). Meros are exclusive to bedrock waters, so fishing for them is done by boat, ideally from José Ignacio, La Paloma, or Cabo Polonio.
The Mero usually tries to take refuge in rock cavities immediately after it takes the bait, which results in many broken fishing lines. In order to catch a Mero, therefore, stronger gear is needed.
Fishing for mero can be done in the same places as other species, such as sargos or white croaker are found. We advise 30 pound lines instead of 25 pound lines for white croaker fishing and hooks with monofilaments of up to 40 pounds.
Flounder fishing is surely the most sophisticated on a technical level, not only because of the methodology and style that the species requires, but also because of the size of the animal. This, added to the fact that the species resides practically on the shore, requires fishermen to casts distances of between 20 and 40 meters.
Season and Places
This species is present all year, however the season of highest activity is between November and February or March. The first fish start to bite in November on the coast of the Solís Grande River, with some in the surrounding rivers and ponds that flow into the coast of Canelones, Maldonado, and Rocha.
Later, in December, January, and February, the best flounder fishing is in the Ensenada del Potrero, an area that goes from the Potrero River’s sandbank to Punta Negra, where small, coastal fishing boats are used.
Once the season is almost over, heavier rains force open the sandbanks of the Rocha, Garzón, and José Ignacio lagoons and the El Potrero River, giving fishermen a last and important opportunity to catch large founders.
Fishing and Equipment
The flounder’s bite can be noticed by a soft tap in the reel, which indicates the fish has caught the bait. The fisherman must wait patiently for about 4 seconds while the fish swallows the bait, and then hold on tightly.
This is the only fish on the maritime coast that must be caught using the spinning technique with natural bait, which is why flounder fishing is appreciated from a sports/technical point of view. The flounder's flat shape presents a harsh battle on the shore, where water depth is only a few centimeters and the incoming waves make it difficult for the fisherman to keep the fish hooked.
Nature provided the flounder with a large mouth, so it must be caught with large, natural baits, such as pieces of silverside fish or several shrimp, averaging 15 centimeters in length. It is the only species that must not be caught using a “waiting” technique; on the contrary, the fisherman must look for the fish by casting and recasting their reel constantly, given that the flounder does not hunt by swimming after its pray, but by lurking and camouflaging itself in the sand. Hence, the bait must “swim” by the place where it is waiting.
Medium-action rods, of 2.8 to 3 meters, that hold up to 25 pounds, with rotating reels that can hold up to 100 meters of monofilament line of 0.40 mm are best. These are precautions to lighten the equipment, because flounder fishing forces the fisherman to always hold the rod in their hands.
Discover the biggest collection of living Latin-American artists, stroll under the trees in a 46-hectare park with more than 300 exotic species, and let your imagination fly, courtesy of the mystic Piria Castle. Visit Maldonado and discover a diverse range of museums.