Uruguay

Trip Start Oct 01, 2006
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Trip End Jan 26, 2007


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Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Heading north into Uruguay for many coming from Argentina is like visiting a different province of Argentina - although the Uruguaians DETEST this sentiment. We had researched our journey north and booked onto the "Buqabus" ferry and bus to get us to Montevideo tha capital. Having spoken to many Uruguaians and other travellers were told there would be no reason to book a bus further form here as there would be many bus companies running to Punta del Diablo - our ultimate destination. Ha ha ha - it seemed every bus in the country was on the road - most ferrying people to the trendy apparently "overpriced and pretencious" Punta del Eeste. Having to wait from 11h00 till 1 am for the next available bus wasnīt a bad thing as it gave us the opportunity to explore Montivedeo!.
We eventually arrived in Punta del Diablo at 05h00 to find EXACTLY what we were looking for in a remote chilled beach resort.


Our arrival "downtown" at the "bus terminal" was brilliant. We were dropped off on a sand crossroad near the police station and a couple of basic shops, resturants and a bakery. This was the bus terminal! The rich untainted sound of the sea pounding the shore lured us to the white sandy bay of the "fishermans beach" with wooden fishing vessels moored on it. From here we were greeted by some gentle music coming out of a still-open pub and the amazing firey breaking of dawn over the ocean - well worth staying up to witness.
We had struggled to book a cabana here as it is the bussiest time of year at Punta del Diablo. The cabana we eventually found was clean with very friendly staff, but rather basic. Regardless of this we loved having our own space and facilities to prepare meals and snacks in - aaahhh home cooking again at last! What a novelty it was also to relax in the mornings and not have to worry about getting to breakfast in time or vacate the room to catch our next form of transport to our next destination!
Even though January and February are reported to be the bussiest time of year, this was hardly a "busy" place by any stretch of the imagination!. We didnīt have to queue or wait for anything or have to fend off the masses from encroaching on us at the beach. Both Sarah and I loved the relaxed and un-pretenciousness of Punta del Diablo and the people here. The Uruguains, many of whom we spoke to or befriended are also amazingly friendly and willing people with an awareness of the rest of the world and an interest in what was going on elsewhere. Their obsession with mate tea is EVEN greater than the Argentinians, but this is not necissarily a bad thing except when it comes to drinking and riding bikes!


I would strongly reccommedn Punta del Diablo to anyone who can make the time to venture north of Argentina or South of Brazil. Punta del Diablo gives a whole new meaning to the term relax and unwind!
Sadly with our travel time ticking away, and time and tide waiting for nobody we dragged our feet onto our departure bus to make the journey westwards to the quaint old town of Colonia del Sacramento a short fast ferry ride across the river Plata from Buenos Aires. Our overnigt stay in Colonia was wonderful.
The intereting and turbulent history of this little town dates back to about the 17th centuary when it was a Portuguese owned tax evasion haven to BA. In itīs history is has been ruled and owned by the Spanish, Portuguese, English and Argentinians. This diversity reflected in itīs architecture and the pivotal events occuring here in days gone by give the town a charm and reputation among all Uruguains.
From the delightful quiant old world escape of Coloia del Sacrimento we headed across to BA for our flight to Iguazu falls and a close up inspection of .....the "Devils Throat"! 
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