Central/South America

Punta Del Este, Uruguay

A Guide to the Best Places to Run in Punta Del Este

Located on the Atlantic coast in southern Uruguay, Punta del Este is known as one of the more upscale resorts in South America. Tourists flock here, especially in summer. The Mansa coastline to the east of Punta del Este is gentler, while the Brava coast to the west is rougher. The coastal location, beaches, and waterfront make for some wonderful running in Punta del Este.

The best place to run in Punta del Este is along the 7 km loop of the peninsula, following the Rambla General Jose Artigas, wrapping around beaches and port, with great water views. Playa Brava offers several km of good running on fairly firm sand. The Barra neighborhood also offers some nice running. A great destination run is to take the quick ferry to the pedestrian-only Gorriti Island. Further west of Punta del Este, Lussich Arboretum has some lovely running trails. And it’s worth the 1/2 hour drive to Piriápolis to enjoy some fantastic coastal running and see the belle époque–style buildings.

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Punta del Este has pleasant weather nearly year-round. Summers aren’t as hot as in Montevideo, with average high temperatures a pleasant 25C (77F) and mild but not overly warm nights (might even need a layer!). Winters are not beach-y but are mild and pleasant for running, with average high temperatures in the 14-15C (55-60F) range, with nights dipping to 6-7C (mid 40s). Precipitation is fairly uniform year-round, although winters feature many more cloudy days.