Thank you, Anthony Bourdain

Trip Start Oct 09, 2008
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Sunday, November 9, 2008

A magical place like Cabo Polonio reminds me exactly why I'm traveling. And I wouldn't even have ended up here if I hadn't seen a segment about it on Anthony Bourdain's travel show. It's a tiny, tiny fishing village along the coast of Uruguay. Developers have reportedly offered big money to buy land but the locals (mostly hippies and fishermen) have refused.

There are no roads leading into Cabo Polonio. Between the bus stop and the town are 7km of sand dunes. You can elect to walk or you can pay a small fee for a ride on an offroad 4x4 vehicle. Once you get into town there are only a few buildings, one hostel, a few shacks selling fresh seafood. There is no electricity (certain buildings have a generator that allows for only the most essential use of power) and no running water. If you want to shower you jump into the ocean or pull a bucket of water out of a well.

There are miles of untouched beaches, there are big sand dunes everywhere, and you can see lots of wildlife (including sea lions). A dead sea monster had drifted ashore near the town center. The locals were super friendly and the food was fantastic. By far the most special place I have seen on this trip. I can't say enough good things. I would have loved to stay longer but we had tracks to make. 
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