Remote town with no water or power

Trip Start Aug 17, 2013
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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

So in the last few days we had done quite a bit of damage to our little rental car so i started the day off by trying to bang out the huge dents in the rims. No dice after 30 minutes so i gave up and tried to gather the gang. We drove for about 40 minutes till we got to cabo polonio. They charge 170 pesos to park in the car park but I figured it was a way better idea than leaving our already damaged rental on the side of the road with all our stuff in it. We waited about 30 minutes for this huge 4x4 to take down the road about 7km into town. Cabo polonio is this colourful little hippy town full of hostels and colourful buildings and flags, the la boca of Uruguay but way cooler. The town situated on the southern coast a Uruguay on the tip of a peninsula with great surf and absolutely no electricity or cars, meaning the only way to get in is to walk or take the 4x4.

As we got off the 4x4 we were greeted by a pretty epic cock fight where they were clawing the shit out of each other... no not two guys, two chickens. After that excitement strait away on the search for penguins. As we started walking down the beach we noticed heaps of dead sand sharks washed up on shore really cool but, real gross too. Around the corner we could see islands in the distance with hundreds of fur seals so we knew we must be pretty close to a pile of our own a little closer to us. As we kept walking we came across a big patch of them chilling on the rocks right by the shore, with another group about 3 times the size swimming in he was a little bit offshore

After lunch we continued on our search for penguins all the way around to the other side of the peninsula. This side had a stunning beach so we decided to chill out a bit there and just relax. Laid out in the sun and played a game of giant hang man, essentially regular hang man just drawn out in the sand large scale.

We decided to go back and catch the truck and waited till the sun went down and I froze my balls off. It was well worth the trip, I'd even suggest spending the night here at one of the hostels but make sure to bring candles. After the sweet 4x4 sunset drive back to the car we headed back to Punta del Este. We were meant to have the car back this afternoon in Colonia, another 6 hour drive away, but that was never going to happen so we hostelled it.
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