Departure: Hotel, mornings
A ride along the beaches of Ipanema, Leblon, São Conrado, Barra da Tijuca and Recreio dos Bandeirantes takes us to:
MUSEU CASA DO PONTAL
The largest folk art museum in Brazil is located on a quiet estate in Recreio dos Bandeirantes, set between Prainha beach and the Serra do Mar coastal range. The gardens cover an area of 9,000m2 and were especially designed to perfectly integrate the vegetation, the Museum galleries and the ecological Reserve that surrounds the site.
Frenchman Jacques Van de Beuque built the most internally consistent and well organized collection of folk art produced in the second half of the twentieth century.
To house his collection he built the Museu Casa do Pontal recognized as one of the most important of its kind in the country. Spread over 1,500m2 of galleries the permanent collection of the Museum has on display more than 5,000 works representing the different rural and urban cultures of Brazil.
Legep — Mineração Ltda was founded in 1970. The LEGEP partners started by polishing and shaping just a few types of stones, specially amethyst and agate, which were extracted from their own mines, that were, at that time, located only in South of Brazil. As sales increased both in Brazil and abroad, LEGEP started marketing several other varieties of rough stones mined in many other Brazilian states.
Nowadays LEGEP maintains a large stock of different types and qualities of minerals, gems and carvings.
H.Stern — Founded in the mid 1940s by German immigrant Hans Stern, H.Stern is today an internationally renowned jewelry griffe and synonym of quality gems and design.
The H.Stern Museum and shop in Ipanema offers a mining history, gem polishing and jewelry creation process tour and a variety of products such as gems, jewelry and souvenirs for sale.