Punta del Este is a popular vacation spot on the southern tip of the Uruguay, southeast of the town of Maldonado, the capital of Maldonado department. In colonial times it was named San Fernando de Maldonado.The Department of Maldonado in Uruguay is located east of the Uruguayan Capitol, Montevideo. It is separated by the Department of Canelones. Maldonado is known for its beautiful coastal cities, such as Piriapolis and Punta del Este. The beautiful beaches in these cities attracts tourist from all around the world, but mainly from Argentina and Brazil.