MALDONADO is the "Department" (County, Province) in Uruguay where Punta del Este is situated.
It stands along the shores of "EL Rio de la Plata" and the Atlantic Ocean, between 34 and 35
degrees south latitude. It covers an area of 4793 square kilometers in the southeast of Uruguay
and has a 100 kilometers coastline. Its gentle topography presents rolling slopes and hills that
cross Maldonado from north to south, separated by rivers and streams.
Here you can appreciate the highest points in the country, which are "Cerro Catedral"
(Cathedral Hill), 513 meters above sea level and "Cerro de las Animas" (Souls Hill) with 501 meters.
Three things make this place different: the sea, the hills, and the forest.