Places to visit in Punta Ballena

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Places to Visit in Punta Ballena

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  • Florencia G
    Buenos Aires, Argentina7 contributions
    We went to the museum and later had a cheese and cold meats board at the bar while enjoying sunset.
    Unique expierience!
    Written 14 January 2021
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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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  • SMG59
    Taunton, UK122 contributions
    This is a must stop off point for the scenery and fantastic sunsets. Would recommend taking chairs, sitting back and enjoying the view.
    Written 2 February 2022
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  • J. Man Herbal
    Montevideo, Uruguay16 contributions
    If you like when the Ocean don`t hit the shore giving the view a calm atmosphere, these is the place. With a great view of the Ballena Peninsula, super recomended for the family with little children to enjoy the water with safety.
    Written 1 December 2019
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  • garydenman6
    Surrey, Canada6 contributions
    Do not miss out on the food superb. Stay if you can get reservation (must book 6 months in advance) but eat here if you can't.
    Written 18 June 2018
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  • Colors68
    Germany104 contributions
    It was a great tour, we went to the winery to see the grapes growing this time of the year, while tasting different wines and home made bread and cheese. Then we went to this spectacular place Hacienda VIK in San Ignacio to learn more about wines, relax and enjoy the sunset. Very beautiful, interesting and romantic tour.
    Written 19 December 2016
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  • Pablo T
    3 contributions
    We had a great experience, the place is beautiful, visibility not so good but the guys are great!! Thanks
    Written 5 March 2018
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