Piriápolis seems like the Costa del Sol in Spain 75 years ago: a quaint village on rocky slopes mingling with white sands, the waves lapping at your feet as you walk on the beach. The boardwalk (Rambla in Uruguay) is lined with sidewalk cafes and grand old hotels from the early 1900s. A mint condition Model-A Ford with a rumble seat putters down the avenue. It is truly picturesque.
Piriápolis was founded in 1890 by an eccentric visionary and alchemist named Francisco Piria. Piria chose the site because of the earth’s special energies and magnetic poles.
Today Piriápolis and the surrounding area, including Sugar Loaf, are famous for their positive energy points, drawing people from around the world to engage in new age activities: meditation, yoga, and mystical tours. Even non-believers can appreciate that a little positive energy cannot hurt.
Sugar Loaf and Piriápolis are located in the heart of the countries key attractions, and have spectacular access to Uruguay’s two cosmopolitan cities, Montevideo and Punta del Este, as well as, both international airports. Piriápolis is five minutes from Sugar Loaf.
Piriápolis offers a wide array of fantastic beaches, activities, historical sites, and museums:
- Beaches (See Beach Section)
- Argentino Hotel, inaugurated in 1930, for many years was the largest hotel in South America, and is a great place to have an espresso, dinner, or overnight stay.
- Pavilion of the Roses: Next to the Argentino Hotel with its beautiful rose garden is worth a look.
- Railroad Museum (Museo Ferroviario)
- Hotel Colón: Built by Francisco Piria in 1910.
- Marine Life Rescue Hospital S.O.S. (Rescate De Fauna Marina S.O.S.) is where wounded seals, marine turtles, and penguins are cared for until they can be released into the wild again.
- Cerro del Toro: Offers fantastic views of the city and ocean, and a beautiful sculpture of a bronze bull brought from Paris that weighs 7,000 pounds.
- Fountain of Venus (Fuente de Venus): is an exact replica of a temple in Villa Paravicini in Milan Italy.
- Chair Lift up the Cerro San Antonio where the entire coast between Piriápolis and Punta del Este can be seen.
- Cerro Pan de Azúcar (Sugar Loaf Mountain): Sugar Loaf is the name of our development, the most recognizable land mark in the country, and the mountain and national park that borders the development on the north side. Pan de Azúcar is one of the highest points in Uruguay, and has a 115 foot cross on the summit. The park also has a zoo with local fauna.
- Waterfall Park (Parque de la Casada)
- Piria’s Castle (Castillo de Piria): Built in 1897, this was the home of the founder of the city, Francisco Piria. Today it is a museum.
- Archaeological Site: Between Sugar Loaf and the Cerro de los Burros on the road to Las Flores, there is a 12,000 year old archaeological site.
- Caiman Farm (Criadero de Yacaré): From Las Flores towards Cerro Azul on route 9 is the caiman farm.
- Indigenous Museum: Located near the caiman farm.
- Castillo Pitamiglio is located near Las Flores.