Punta del Diablo @ El Diablo Tranquilo

Trip Start Oct 15, 2012
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Trip End May 17, 2013


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Flag of Uruguay  , Montevideo Department,
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Overview:
Punta Del Diablo is a small town that over summer more than 30,000 people descend on. Lucky for us it is not summer and while it was too cold to go swimming, well for us, we found it a more than pleasant place to relax.

Our stay:
I can not say we really got up to all that much, we had hoped it might be slightly warmer so we could lie on the beach and maybe even go for a swim but it just was not that warm. Instead we just relaxed most of the day with Gabriella using the time to sort herself out for her journey home and get in contact with people. We did at least try to get out for a walk along the beach and as far as the grocery store each day, otherwise we just hung around the hostel which we both found quite night.

The first night we stayed in a dorm which was ok. Was actually a funny night with some drunk guy hassling Gabriella all evening and then ended up sleeping in the bed next to her. He did seem well meaning though so not terrible - well I found it funny anyway.

The second and third day we decided to move to a double which was really lovely and we got to spend some time on our own and just relax something we have not been able to do for a while well at least for a couple of days in a tow.


The Nitty Gritty:
Accommodation: El Diablo Tranquilo:
what can I say, its a beach hostel which is quite pleasant when it is not packed (which I imagine over the summer it is). The dorms are average but the living areas are nice but probably too small for when the hostel gets full. The double rooms are really good value for what you get in my opinion and more like a nice bed and breakfast than a hostel
Cost: $14 USD pp for a 10 bed dorm or you can get a double with private bathroom for $50 or $60 dollars (depending on the room) and thing they had some doubles with shared bathrooms for $40

Getting there and away:
There are only a couple of buses that do this route and we took Cot (the other main one is Rutas Del Sol) and found them good. Takes about 5 hours and they drop you in the middle of town rather than at the bus terminal that is on the outskirts of town. You can also catch buses out from this location.
Cost: 420 pesos pp
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