Faro de Punta Carretas, Montevideo

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Scan the turbulent waters for passing ships at Faro de Punta Carretas, a lighthouse perched on the southernmost tip of Uruguay. Standing guard over the seas since 1836, the historic lighthouse has guided countless ships safely to shore, past "rocks like wagons," which before the beacon's construction had claimed many victims. Nowadays you can climb the still-functioning lighthouse for a great view over the coastline. Afterwards, take a relaxing walk along the shorefront. Arrange to visit Faro de Punta Carretas and other attractions in Montevideo using our Montevideo trip itinerary planner .
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  • It is a point of the spectacular city of Montevideo, where you can see the extension of the coast to the East, the Pocitos Beach and West Beach Ramirez
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  • It's a bit far from the rambla to anyone on foot. I was there and the place is quiet, and offers a beautiful landscape.
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  • the lighthouse itself is very nice, but the location around has many large and beautiful houses with manicured gardens and no bars or fences in the American style and the streets are super clean, I loved the place, you could move it
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  • Stunning point ocean view. *****
  • Great views, but terrible smell and poor cleanness
  • Beautiful place.
  • Located at the point more to the South of our country, the lighthouse of Punta Carretas is a great ride. Whether during the day or night, from here some excellent photos you can take. I had no idea that there were so many cats in the place! I leave you some pictures of them among the rocks!
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