The beach gets its unique name from the enormous sculpture of five cement fingers that appear to be rising from under the sand, most commonly called La Mano or The Hand. However, because the piece of art resembles a sleeping giant awakening from a long underground slumber, the official title of the piece is actually Hombre Emergiendo a la Vida, or Man Emerging to Life. The piece was meant as a signal for help from a drowning swimmer, as well as a reminder to be careful in the rough sea, giving the piece of art another name, El Monumento al Ahogado, or Monument to the Drowned. Whichever name you choose to call it, the sculpture is an important icon of Punta del Este.
Review by Anonymous, August 2012
Doing what: Punta del Este City Sightseeing Tour
Despite some issues at the start, the bus arrived late, we barely managed to sit together .. the tour was great, excelent guide and information, we had some nice time off at punta del este which we really enjoyed. Make sure to have some cash to be able to enter into the gallery art