Livin' it up with Uruguay's rich & famous
Trip Start Sep 19, 2009
87Trip End May 19, 2010
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We spent the rest of the day exploring the Uruguayan celebrity place-to-be, admiring the streets with their huge impressive hotels, their expensive shops and (at the very end of the point) their large and beautiful houses, with none higher than the height of the lighthouse bang in the middle of the suburb (as per city rules…)
We ended our walking tour at the famous beach, Playa Mansa, which had very calm waters. By now it was 7pm, but still very light and still very busy, so we decided to venture into the sea... boy, it was cold water - but we had read that cold was good for Ben's bad back, so we thought it was medicinal for him to stay in as long as we could. As the sun didn’t set until 9.30pm, we still had time to shower and change, before being seated at a lovely restaurant overlooking the bay, in perfect view for the magical sunset - a great way to end our day.
The next day we got up leisurely (it was still taking Ben the best part of half an hour to actually get out of bed, so "leisurely" was very much the only way…), and we were back at the bus station, this time to head to Punta del Diablo for a wee day trip. We were told the journey was 2 hours but it took closer to 3, meaning that upon arrival we only had around 3 hours to explore the place
So, back in Punta del Este before dark, we headed into town for our final dinner in the resort, to a cheap restaurant that looked more like a fast food outlet, but had been recommended by a guy working in the hotel. It turned out to be a great find, and by 10pm it was completely full. The chivitos (a local specialty, a thinly sliced steak sandwich loaded with cheese, ham, bacon, eggs, salad & anything else they either could or couldn’t fit in…) that we ordered were absolutely massive and delicious...Too full for anything else we headed back to the petrol fumed room for one more sleep.