There is much to love about Uruguay, from its passion for soccer to its lovely white beaches to bohemian Montevideo. One of the highlights in this small but vibrant country is Casapueblo, a mansion turned hotel that is 8 miles (13 kms) from Punta del Este.

Built by famed Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró, the construction of Casapueblo took almost four decades. The building includes the artist’s former living quarters, apartments and a gallery dedicated to Vilaró. Visitors can also buy items decorated with his abstract art forms and can enjoy a coffee or snack on a balcony that overlooks Punta Ballena. For those fortunately enough to stay on the premises, the 72 apartments are each uniquely shaped and offer access to the beach below and of course, its stunning pool.

The complex, built mostly out of concrete and stucco, is breathtaking for its lack of any straight lines and its terraced construction. Those who visit for the day will find it is easy to get lost, not that it is a bad thing. If you happen to visit on a day like I did, the stark white walls juxtaposed against the coastal blue sky make for a terrific visit. It was well worth the bicycle ride from Punta del Este, and offered one of the best days during my travel to Uruguay.

Image credits: Leon Kaye

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Architecture and sculpture happily collide

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Views of this whimsical castle are sublime

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Note the lack of straight edges and corners everywhere

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Be sure to walk on the grounds below Casapueblo

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Plenty of selfie opps are on offer at Casapueblo

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Casapueblo is an easy drive or bicycle ride from Punta del Este

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Unfortunately only guests can use the pool

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It is easy to get lost in this maze of curves

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.