Punta Del Este, Ralli Museum And Casapueblo Experience

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Punta Del Este, Ralli Museum And Casapueblo Experience

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Overview



A day of play in a land of the privileged.

This port of call will be a surprised. Its sophistication is unexpected and there is something to see throughout the drive that you won't anticipate.

One nice thing about arriving into Punta del Este is that you come right into the area where it's 'happening'. The experience begins immediately as you drive through the most scenic and prosperous parts of the city, These fashionable neighborhoods might surprise you as you ride through the impressive areas of Cantegril, San Rafael, and Parque Golf. As you reach the area known as La Barra de Maldonado, you will see the unique hanging bridges, which you will cross in a short while.

Make a stop at Ralli Museum of Contemporary Art with its fine collection of paintings and sculptures by noted Latin American artists, as well as several pieces by Salvador Dali on permanent display. The attractive modern building is located in the Beverly Hills district and contains a portion of the art collection of Mr. Harry Recanati, who decided to make his private collection available to the public by creating the Ralli Museums. This location is one of three he created.

Continuing on, you will see some surprises. Soon, to your right, you will pass the beach area where La Mano, The Hand, is buried in the sand. It is a popular landmark now created by Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal and depicts five human fingers partially emerging from the sand. Irarrázabal's work can be found around the world and it is so special to come across it here, in an area that you might have thought would be so different than the sophisticated playground for the Uruguayans and others around South America.

Your drive will next take you past some of Punta’s natural wonders – its beaches. Stop at Punta Ballena for sweeping views up and down the coast, before ending your drive at Casapueblo, the home and atelier of internationally renowned artist, Carlos Paez Vilaró. Opened in 1960, the dazzling white complex, resembling Spanish-Moroccan architecture, sits on a rocky bluff overlooking the ocean. Vilaró built it in 1958 with his own hands, using only traditional tools. Narrow steps lead to a maze of rooms scattered on different levels and filled with the artist’s works. Your visit inside will be a real eye-opener as you think of the architect's influences and the many uses for this complicated complex of space.

Your return to the port will take you along the picturesque coastal road.

- Please dress comfortably and wear walking shoes.
- The Ralli Museum has a few steps to enter the building.
- Casapueblo is built on several levels and requires you to walk between levels on stairways.
- Food and beverages are not included in this tour.
- There are restrooms available at some of the sites.
- Admissions for the attractions mentioned are included.
- The order of the stops may be changed due to traffic, weather or the entry timing at a location.

- There is moderate walking and some steps during the tour.
- The Ralli Museum is closed on Mondays. An appropriate substitute will be used, if possible.

Days offered: 7 days a week

Departures:
  • 09:00 AM, duration: 3.5 hours
  • 01:00 PM, duration: 3.5 hours


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