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Jose Ignacioat the Uruguayis an old fishing village that is located about 40 km from Punta del Este. Being so close to Punta, it is worth spending at least a day there enjoying the view and its hippie-chic style.


Although they are just a short distance from each other, Jose Ignacio and Punta del Este they are very different places. While in Punta, there is a veritable parade of big cars and designer stores, in José Ignacio the atmosphere is different. Foot in the sand and rustic, that vibe reminiscent of some beach villages in the Northeast. In José Ignacio, time seems to be in no hurry.

Although it has this rustic style, José Ignacio also has luxury, comfort, great hotels (find yours at a discount) and good restaurants around its downtown area.besides, of course, from the beach and the famous lighthouse.


José Ignacio has two beaches: Mansa and Brava. From the names, you can already imagine what each of them is like, right? Mansa is great to enjoy and Brava, they say, has good waves for those who like to surf.

Among the beaches is the José Ignacio Lighthousefrom 1877. When we were there, it was not open to go up, but, depending on the time of day, it is possible to see 360º of the beach.

José Ignacio, Uruguay (Photo: Esse Mundo é Nosso)


In José Ignacio, in addition to enjoying the beach, it is worth wandering around to discover every corner of the village, such as the shops, art galleries and restaurants. Among the main ones are Parador La Huella and La Susana.

For those who like horseback riding, the Godiva Stables it’s a good tip. The place mixes elements of the countryside and the beach and makes the tourist even closer to nature.

José Ignacio, Uruguay (Photo: Esse Mundo é Nosso)

For wine lovers (Uruguay wines are great), a good tour in José Ignacio is The Wine Experiencewhich is a class about wines with tasting of some labels, food and an incredible sunset in the infinity pool of Playa Vik.

José Ignacio, Uruguay (Photo: Esse Mundo é Nosso)

Be sure to enjoy the sunset on the beach or choose a restaurant with a view. The end of the day in Uruguay is one of the most beautiful in the world, even in Montevideo.


José Ignacio is a great choice for those who like a quieter place, but full of attractions. La Viuda, Bahia Vik, Playa Vik, Estancia Vik, Hotel Posada Paradiso, Posada Arenas.

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José Ignacio, Uruguay (Photo: Esse Mundo é Nosso)

For those who don’t want to sleep, it’s still worth leaving Punta in the morning and spending at least one day in José Ignacio during the summer. The best way is to rent a car in Puntasince José Ignacio is about 40 km from there.

we use the RentCarswhich compares prices from different rental companies and you can pay in reais, in addition to paying in installments (make your quote). We picked up the vehicle while still in Montevideo and traveled along the coast of Uruguay by car. We made the return at the airport before boarding.

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Like almost everything on the coast of Uruguay, many establishments are only open during the summer. Ahh, and even in summer it is often very windy. So, it doesn’t hurt to carry a light jacket in your suitcase.

José Ignacio, Uruguay (Photo: Esse Mundo é Nosso)

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Adolfo Nomelini

Journalist graduated from PUC-SP and post-graduated in Communication in Digital Media, he is passionate about music, coxinha, television, his glasses and the internet. He has been working with online content for more than 13 years and spends much of his time “throwing his body out into the world, walking around and, by the natural law of encounters, leaving and receiving a little”.

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