Our guide, Marcella, and our driver, Jonathan, took us on a scenic drive to Punta del Este, which was very much worth the four-hour round trip.
Small-group tours are the next best thing to a private tour. I bought this tour because they cap the group size at 15 people. For this particular tour, we were only 7 so it was so much better. We got picked up by a van, which was spacious and clean. Marcella was so knowledgeable, helpful, and fluent in English and Portuguese. She even made great recommendations on where and what to eat.
We stopped at Punta Ballena, Museo Casa Pueblo, Punta de la Salina, La Mano (sculpture) and the Enjoy Casino (our Brazilian companions wanted to see the casino) with plenty of time in each spot to explore and take photos. We stopped at the port at noon to walk around and have a leisurely lunch. Before heading home, we also stopped in the center of town to have some ice cream and do some souvenir shopping.
Highly recommend taking this tour!