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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. Using our world travel planner, Montevideo attractions like Faro de Punta Carretas can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • It is also an interesting attraction, because it lies in the path of the Rambla on the way to the beach of Pocitos, just walk a few meters and ready you will have a very good there of vima for only 25 pesos lighthouse
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  • Was alla by the years 1875 that by a law the Government Uruguayan has the construction of a lighthouse in the famous Punta Brava or also called tip of carts. And why that name was given to that area or location? This is because that sailors from the coast either saw a tip that called Brava due to rocks there existed and that caused several shipwrecks or too that far from those rocks seemed carts and from there its name. At the time called for bids for its construction and exploitation and should be a single company that will take care of its construction, operation of the fuel supply, etc, etc, Debian build a tower of material that today is the own lighthouse and a room of two plants that also had a well given that the lighthouse was outside the context of the city in those years of 1875. This award was for the term of 30 years, to last them the lighthouse remained in the possession of the Uruguayan State. In the year 1876 the lighthouse already was in operation, next to the headlights of the island of flowers, and of the of the fortress of the Hill. Arrived the year 1907 the lighthouse of Punta Carretas passes to hands of the State. In principle, this lighthouse was powered to Kerosene. Is can appreciate in the caracol of his staircase vents of bronze that were for the ventilation of the smoke produced by the combustion of the Kerosene. Already in 1948, it leaves the Kerosene and modifies its lighting to electricity. Its particularity is that emits flashes white alternate of flashes red every 10 seconds. Has an intensity of light of 14,400 candelas and its scope is of 15 miles. It is 21 meters 10 centimeters in height above sea level, and for its rise boasts 76 few steps then up we'll see a spectacular view of our beautiful city of Montevideo is can visit from 10 in the morning until the sunset. The ticket to enter its beautiful Tower is $25.00 - visit must
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  • Incredible views from the top of the lighthouse and a breeze of rio in the unforgettable face each adult costs $25 Uy, we enjoyed the views of the city
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  • Beautiful place with a great view
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  • Interesting coastal point
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  • Highlight of the city. It is worth to know him. At dusk you can get good pictures.
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  • The city at your feet...! An exceptional view of Montevideo that has no point of comparison. To enjoy the view of the lighthouse both as the view from the floor because is a place unique!
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