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Visitor Information provided by Quantum Gravity in the Southern Cone IV


Punta del Este is one of the premier resort cities in South America. It offers cultural attractions, sophistication, excellent restaurants, natural beauty, and fabulous beaches (the workshop takes place at the end of winter). It is about 1.5 hours of scenic drive from the capital Montevideo, or a 30 min flight from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Punta del Este

Aerial view of Punta del Este

For more information regarding Punta del Este and Uruguayan tourism in general please visit the official government site at and proceed through sections: "The sun and the beach", then "Punta del Este".

Independent reviews on Punta del Este can be found at:

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Travel from Montevideo to Punta del Este

The bus service in Uruguay is of a fairly good quality. Two bus companies, named COT and COPSA operate between Montevideo and Punta del Este. Buses depart from Terminal Tres Cruces at Montevideo, having a stop at the Carrasco Airport to pick up arriving passengers. Both companies have commercial offices at Tres Cruces Terminal but only COT has a commercial office at the Carrasco Airport. The distance from Montevideo to Punta del Este is approximately 140 Km, which takes the bus 2 h 15' from Montevideo and 1h 45' from Carrasco Airport.

Airport Bus Stop: The Bus Stop is located in front of the Airport Exit, beware that buses with destinations other than Punta del Este also stop at the Airport Stop, therefore please make sure to check that the sign stating the destination at the upper front of the bus you are are going to board reads: "Punta del Este".

Bus Schedule: Buses to Punta del Este pass by the airport approximately every 30 minutes. If you want detailed information, go to the web site of Terminal Tres Cruces. In Spanish 'schedule' is 'horario', and 'destination' is 'destino', select "MONTEVIDEO" and "PUNTA DEL ESTE" on your right. You can also find this information in the web pages of the bus companies: COT schedule, COPSA schedule.
For those buses bounded for Punta del Este that go by the Airport, the time it takes to go from Tres Cruces to the Airport is about 30', so in these cases the time of arrival to the Airport is the time of departure from Terminal Tres Cruces plus 30'.

Tickets: You can buy the ticket on the bus after boarding, or in case of choosing COT at the counter on their commercial office in the Airport Hall. It is convenient to buy the ticket before boarding the bus, in order to secure a seat. The Bus fare from Carrasco Airport to Punta del Este is 121$ (Uruguayan pesos), which is about 5 U$S. Buses boarded at Tres cruces or the Punta del Este Terminal have a boarding tax fare in addition to the regular fare, which for Tres Cruces is 16$ (0.8 U$S). Money exchange are 24 hours open in the Airport Hall, you will find also Automatic Teller Machines there.

Arriving at Punta del Este: The passengers get off at the Terminal de Buses de Punta del Este, at Avenida Gorlero (Gorlero Avenue) and Calle 32 (32 Street), in downtown Punta del Este. The Bus Terminal has a cafeteria, public phones and a Taxi Stop. Beware that some buses also stop at a previous Bus Terminal (Terminal de buses de Maldonado) for a short time and then continue to Punta del Este.
You may ask the bus driver to leave you at a bus stop in Punta del Este called "Parada 7 (siete)" which is at a shorter distance from the Conference Hotel than the Bus Terminal, see the map.

About Uruguay

Surface on land:176,215 km2
Jurisdictional waters:137,567 km2
Coastline:660 km
Total Surface:313,782 km2
Population:3.241.003 (data 04/2005)
Population Density:18.4 inhabitants per km2
Life Expectancy at Birth:75.2 years
Political regime:Republican Democracy
National Holiday:August 25th, Declaration of Independence
Member of:U.N.O., O.A.S., ALADI, MERCOSUR
Constitution in force:November 28th, 1996
Cultural Profile:Literacy: 97.7%, Students per teacher: 21
Official Educational System:Lay, free and compulsory
Religion:Catholic 56.2% - Non religious 38.3% - Protestant 2% Jewish: 1.7%
GDP per capita:3609
Population with access to drinking water:98%
Electrification rate:98%
Cars (per 100 people):19
Internet TLD (top-level domain):.UY
Calling Code:+ 598
Local voltage:220VAC 50Hz


The territory of Uruguay features gently sloping hills and elevations of modest altitude, separated by rivers which flow down to the sea or into other and larger rivers. There are no high mountains or vast plains, no impenetrable forests or desert regions. Earthquakes are unknown. The highest point is the Cerro Catedral, altitude 513 meters.

The coastal plain boasts many beaches along the Atlantic coast and on the shores of the Rio de la Plata.


As a Spanish-speaking country of Latin America, most Uruguayans share a Spanish cultural background, even though about one-quarter of the population is of Italian origin.

Uruguay is distinguished by its high literacy rate, large urban middle class, and relatively even income distribution.


Uruguay's economy is characterized by an export-oriented agricultural sector, a well-educated workforce, and high levels of social spending, as well as a developed industrial sector.

In recent years Uruguay has shifted most of its energy into developing the commercial use of IT technologies and has become the leading exporter of software in Latin America.


The climate is temperate throughout the country; there are no regional variations.

Average temperatures are 17 degrees C in spring, 25 degrees C in summer, 18 degrees C in autumn, and 12 degrees C in winter. Maximum temperatures may exceptionally attain 40 degrees C in summer, and minimum temperatures -2 degrees C or -3 degrees C in winter. Snowstorms and hurricanes are unknown.

For information about the weather in Punta del Este, visit this page.

Local Time

Standard Uruguayan time corresponds to the UTC/GTM -3:00 zone.

For information about Uruguayan local time, visit this page.


The Uruguayan Peso ($U) is the official currency in Uruguay.

US dollars are occasionally accepted. The airport's taxi cabs accept US dollars and the Hotel check-out requires US dollars. However, you will need Uruguayan Pesos for small expenses.

Currency Exchange

Currency exchange facilities are available at banks and Money Exchange Houses located in commercial areas, as well as shopping malls and airports. Banks and Money Exchange Houses offer similar exchange rates.

For information about currency exchange, visit this page.

Credit Card

Credit cards are widely accepted in shops and restaurants. The most commonly used credit cards are: Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express.

Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs)

They are easy to find in commercial and banking areas.


There is no fixed rule on tipping in Uruguay. However, it is usual to tip between 5% and 10% of the bill at restaurants. Don't tip taxi drivers with more than 10$U. In hotels, USD1 per suitcase would be a fine tip.


Not every mobile would work in Uruguay. Please check with your network operator if it has a roaming agreement.

Electrical network

AC current is 220V at 50Hz. Power plugs used are "Schuco" and "three in a row" (3 en linea). A universal adapter is recommended as foreign connectors such as the american plug are not compatible with these connectors.

Visa Information

Citizens of certain countries are entitled to visit Uruguay as tourists for up to three months without a visa.

Please check if you need a visa for traveling to Uruguay at the National Direction of Migration Web Site. For further and updated information contact you nearest Uruguayan Embassy or Consulate. You can find information about Uruguayan missions in different countries at the Uruguayan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Web Site.

Visa applications can take quite a long time. We recommend you to apply for a visa well in advance of your journey.

If you need an invitation letter to attend the Workshop or in order to obtain your visa, you can request it after registration to the QGSC-2007 Secretary Office.