Day in Cabo Polonio

Trip Start Nov 27, 2009
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Trip End Feb 26, 2010


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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Today we drove further down the coast of Uruguay to a town called Cabo Polonio, i was thinking it would be just another small beach town but it was totally different from anything i was expecting!
We were told we couldn't drive to it.  Only locals are allowed to come back and forth, the town has only 80 permanent residents.  Tourists have to go there in these safari truck things that come and go once an hour.
We drove down this beach road that was pretty bumpy but fun on the trucks, the driver was tipping it from side to side. there were some school kids going there too so everyone was screaming.
The town is really something else, driving up to it from across the beach were scatted shacks, the town is full of all these tiny shacks, the people there just have a totally different way of life. There is no electricity on the whole island or anything.
compared to how many live there, there were heaps of places we could eat at and the food was really good! we had pizza at this little shack cafe where the whole family was working, then further around we had coffee at a (surprisingly) nice looking place right on the water it was like a metre from our table, pretty cool! The town must see lots of tourist in the summer i would think but it was kinda of šoff the beaten trackš as it wasn't in the lonely planet or anything which seems to have everything!
the town is tiny but has some cool attractions, there is a seal colony out on the rocks which was awesome, there are hundreds there all fat lying around on the rocks but man they stink!!
also there is am operating lighthouse which we climbed up, super hard workout! Wicked day though and so happy we decided to go. (the weather was pretty cold and windy to start off with but turned out nice in the end.
would def recommend!
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