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Aline V
Rio de Janeiro, RJ9 contributions
I'm not that into arts, but I have always dreamed of visiting the construction because it's beautiful and I thought we would have access to the whole property, but it's limited to the museum. The view is amazing, tho. I was expecting much more from it.
Written 26 March 2022
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AlpinerHut
Chantilly, VA1,226 contributions
Club Hotel Casapueblo / Museo-Taller Casapueblo was the highlight of our cruise ship stop in Punta del Este.

This fascinating structure today is part hotel (73 "apartments" spread over 13 floors) and part museum (with a video about and artwork by Uruguayan artist Carlos Paez Vilaro.) Vilaro started what became Casapueblo on desolate Punta Ballena in 1958 with a summer house and workshop in mind, then kept expanding -- without architectural plans! (He sometimes added a room with a particular houseguest in mind.) He viewed his project as a 36-year work of art ("livable sculpture"), not home construction! Reminiscent of houses in Mykonos or Santorini, Greece, the structure of whitewashed cement and stucco resembles nests of the hornero, an Uruguayan bird.

Vilaro died in 2014.

TIPS:

* This place is massive, and it's impossible to get a true sense of it when you're inside. If you stay here, though, you can get down to the beach and look back at the towering building, which covers a hillside.

* If you can arrange to be here shortly before sunset, you can enjoy the daily "Ceremony of the Sun." As the sun sets, the artist's recorded voice recites a poem to bid it farewell. 

 * Some of Vilaro's descendants still live here. A guide, waitress or bartender would probably point the private section out if you ask; in this labyrinthine building, it's difficult to describe the location.
Written 10 April 2020
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GoGo2SlowGo
Denton, TX1,527 contributions
It is an art museum with the exterior almost as intriguing as the collections inside. The artist is Carlos Paez Vilaro. It looks like Santorini on steroids. He was somewhat inspired by Gaudi on the exterior and Picasso on his interior art. He wasn’t an architect, but he definitely did not want to see a lot of straight lines or corners. His inspiration was supposedly brick bread ovens. The museum is all curves and spires.
His art is for sale and we purchased something to remember the beauty of the place.
This place will be crowded and tour buses will be everywhere. It's still worth it.
Written 22 February 2020
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Orange Jenni
United States15 contributions
This was my favorite part of our visit to Punta del Este. We were there in early January, and of course it was crowded because that's the busy season. It took awhile to find a parking spot, and then we had to wait in line for tickets. But oh, it was so worth it!!!

Unless you plan to dine, get the tickets for the gallery. This line is a little quicker, and it's all you need if you're there to take photos at sunset. If you go at sunset, be prepared for it to be crowded. It took some ingenuity to get photos of my 19 year old daughter, but we finally did. We went downstairs to see the actual sunset. About 10 minutes before sunset, a recording of a poem is broadcast in the voice of the gentleman who built the resort. In my 50 years, I've never gotten emotional because of a sunset, but I did here. So beautiful!

One word of advice to consider. When we booked our hotel, we decided not to stay at Casapueblo because the reviews were pretty inconsistent. All of us agreed that we wish we had actually stayed there. It really would've been nice to explore more of the property during times when it wasn't crowded.

The only negative was the departure. Everyone was leaving at the same time & traffic was packed. There were some aggressive drivers, shouting, etc. It took about 30 minutes for us to get back to the main road. In retrospect, we probably should've had a drink or two at the bar to allow traffic to clear out.
Written 5 February 2020
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pekingduck69
Canada710 contributions
Couples
Beautiful hotel, museum and restaurant close to Punta del Eate. Very iconic building that is a must see for the views and art.
Written 16 January 2020
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lessaloha
Breckenridge, CO118 contributions
Solo
This looks like a sandcastle! Something from Gaudi! Watch the film reel and get the feel for this amazing artist. Friend of Picasso and so much more. Wish I could have stayed there!
Written 11 January 2020
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robertoseibel
Punta Ballena, Uruguay8 contributions
Friends
Outstanding hotel! Amazing sunset view! Hotel service is very good, not so close to downtown but the sea view compensate everything.
Written 10 June 2019
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Alejandro D
Montevideo Department, Uruguay124 contributions
Friends
Terrific view from Casapueblo terraces, enjoining sunset while paragliding show completes a relaxing and peaceful scenery.
Written 25 May 2019
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Adventure Diva
Manchester, CT1,693 contributions
Friends
Located in Punta Ballena (less than two hours from Montevideo and a short ride to Punta del Este), this was the home of Uruguyan artist Carlos Paez Vilaro. This eye-catching structure is now a modern art museum filled with the late artist work. (Died in 2014). Supposedly Vilaro built this structure in shapes reminiscent of seashells along the beach. This place was truly stunning.
Written 2 May 2019
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MsColorado
Colorado625 contributions
Couples
Loved learning about the artist, his wonderful travels, his artwork and his vision. Besides the visual feast, the movie introduced us to a truly exceptional artist who lived his passion.
Written 27 April 2019
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