Cabo Polonio

Trip Start Sep 02, 2007
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Trip End May 13, 2009


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Monday, March 10, 2008

Cabo Polonio must be one of the best beach places around at the moment!

We had little hastle in getting here, bus 5 hours instead of 4 and then hopped onto a 4x4 thingy to take us to the beach village.

Cabo Polonio has no roads, no cars, no electric, no building equipment is allowed in - it is seriously small and SERIOUSLY COOL!

We tried to camp but the weather is unbelievably hot! There are sand dunes which meat the sea and we trecked off into them in search ofsome shade which we could see some trees way infront of us. We walked, and walked and walked and never got close so we walked and walked and walked back to the village. The whole place is increadibly expensive for beds - the cheapest we saw was $17 each for a dorm bed in a shitty shack! Thats why we tried to camp!

on our way back we tried the door of this little cool looking place (check out the pics) with a Uruaguayan flag and a Canadian one. The owner let us stay for $10 each - it was a kind of tiny annex on the side of his house with 2 camp beds, a gas hob for cooking, plenty of pots and pans and even a little tiny bathroom. To flush the toilet you gather water from the well and to wash you use rain water from the roof.

He was a nice guy who came from Montevideo originally but had lived in Canada most his life, he showed us around the place  - not that there is much to it and we spent the 2 days here sun bathing in the most amazing weather and loving this most amazing beach. There was a shop which wasnt too overpriced so we ate well and on the 1st night we had one of the most amazing nights of our travels - we went night fishing!!!

Well, we went out with a head tourch each, a big net and a bucket and caught at least 100 little fish, about 10 good sized ones and I caught one that wouldnt even fit in the net which resembled a sword fish rather than a standard one - the pics are cool of this one :-)

It was so easy to catch the little ones - you go after the bigger ones and even if you miss you come out with about 10 little buggers. The big ones are hard, they swim away when the light is on them and you have to go a little deaper up to the waist in the water, they jump and squirm but it is possible if you are quick - the big one - it was SO big I dont know how I caught it!

We then ripped their heads off and their guts out, descalled the bigger ones (I let the really big one go as there was little meat on him)and then we kept them in the Canadian guys big propane run fridge overnight.

Day 2

We got some oil, flour and cooked the fish - they were really good with a beer on the beach in the scorching tempreatures, we ate so much we felt ill and them spent the rest of the day sunning ourselves - thats all today - not a bad day!

Day3

The day we leave :-( We got up early to get the 44 which apparently only comes when thebus does, we waited and waited and it showed up 10 mins before our bus was due to come (the journey is at least 20 mins) - we had been waiting for 2 hours. We then found the clocks had changed DoH!and we got up way to early!! AND the bus wasnt going to leave for another 30 mins!!!  Then we finally left and the truck broke down twice and we missed the bus!!!!! REALLY anoyig as we had been waiting for 3 hours now and it was only 7km ride - we could have walked it in 1.5 hours!

We waited on the sied of the road and got a lift in a small van for free to the next town. We met an American guy who gave us some books to read - nice guy called Coby and then we got on the bus which would take us close to Punta Del Diablo - only 5km away - this is all a lot of hastle but we want to get there today and we dont want to wait till 8pm - the next bus!
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