Rio de la Plata meets the Atlantic Ocean

Trip Start Mar 01, 2006
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Trip End Dec 01, 2007


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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Beautiful morning in Punta del Este. The hostel was a block from the beach, and breakfast under the veranda was perfect, as the air was quite cold!

Punta del Este is THE summer spot in the region. Tons of Argentinians go there during the summer, the beachs get full, there are loads of big buildings with apartments, hotels, etc...
On the west side, tranquile beaches on the Rio de la Plata. On the east side, the beaches are hit by the Ocean swell, making for several top quality surfing spots. I did not go in the water though: too damn cold! (And ridiculously small waves, but I am not sure that with my surfing proficiency I can use that as an excuse).
The thing is, Punta del Este gest empty off season... and it is very nice!

Maite and Uvaldo had to get back to Montevideo, and I was to continue east with Piedad, to some villages and beaches that seemed a bit lost. So we went to the tourist office, to see the options for getting to Punta del Diablo and Cabo Polonio.
The plan became to visit Punta del Este, and then head to Punta del Diablo for the night.
So we went for a stroll in Punta del Este, which turned out to take much longer then expected.

The harbour was full of yachts, but serves also as a fishing harbour. The fishermen were back, unloading the fish, cutting off the filets and throwing overboard the rest, to the greatest joy of the resident lobos, some of which were huuuuge. The fishermen gave us their fish trash, so that we could feed the lobos (which is very bad and should not be done with wild animals, but these ones were used to this way of getting food anyway...). I have seen countless lobos in the past four months, but I just can't get tired of it, I could spend all my time just watching or contemplating amazing Nature.

There were lots of seagulls too, who had to be really quick if they wanted to catch the food before the lobos, taking the risk of accidentally ending up with their head in the mouth of a lobo!

We walked along the coast, to the Ocean, and at some point walking on the rocks I ended up with both feet in the water, so I had to continue bare-feet.

We went for a chivito in a proper chiviteria, big and fat and all, just as it should be.

It was a lovely day, and with all that we ended up taking the bus at 5 in the afternoon. Night comes at around 6.

We arrived at the junction to Punta del Diablo at around 8, it was completely dark, and we had another 5km left to walk to the village. Piedad was a little afraid, and I was not too keen on walking in the cold and dark either, especially knowing that there are regular buses going there during the day.
So we stayed in the bus and got to Chuy, the border town with Brazil.
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