Tiny fishing village, miles of beaches

Trip Start Dec 06, 2005
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Trip End Jun 17, 2006


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Monday, February 13, 2006

Definitely the highlight of Uruguay was this town, Punta del Diablo (Point of the Devil). Having come from a big, high-rise, touristy beach town of Punta del Este, this was the perfect antidote - a small hippy fishing village with no hotels, just lots of little cabaņas for visitors to stay in. The one thing that felt wrong was the presence of a few internet cafes, doesn't suit the vibe at all.

I arrived at the "entry" to the town by bus, and found out that it was a good hour long walk to get into town. Not having any idea what to expect, I walked along a long straight road with my life on my back towards the coast. Half an hour of walking, the sun was setting, I had nowhere to stay and no idea where I was. Luckily an amazingly friendly surfer called Fabian picked me up and offered me a lift into town, and after trying a few different places for cheap accomodation for the night, offered me a mattress up the top of a pub he owns. Brilliant. Met a bunch of his mates at the pub, checked out the town and this Saturday night was pumping! Street parades with flag wavers and around 20-30 somewhat-in-time drummers, interesting artisan markets and free open museums, great little restaurants with live music (albeit sometimes karaoke), fresh sea breezes and not too many people to feel constricted, but enough for a great vibe. Every second person is wearing a Bob Marley tshirt

Walking around town I bumped into Jim again, which wasn't totally unexpected. After a great night on the town, I went back to my "mattress" which wasn't actually a mattress, just some wooden planks next to occupied mattresses. Uh-oh. Didn't feel like ruining my back so I found Jim again and stayed in his very cheap and average 3-bed cabaņa. Next morning we were kicked out at 9am feeling very seedy. Went to the beach, with our full backpacks in tow, and kicked back - sunbaking, swimming, and watching beautiful bodies walk by! Unbelievably, I was still thinking about leaving today at this point. Anyway this was a great beach, improved upon my tan (but my nose is a tiny bit pink), and decided to stay - found a cabaņa and crashed for an afternoon siesta. 4pm woke up, went to check out the rest of Punta del Diablo - big sand dunes, walked around lots of rocky points and long sandy beaches, appreciating the great coastal scenery and fresh country air of the place. The water was almost the perfect temperature for swimming. Had a late lunch at a sea-side cafe, and felt 100% satisfied with my decision to stay an extra day here. Felt even better when Jim said this was the best place he's been (out of Buenos Aires, Colonia, Montevideo, Punta del Esta, and here), I felt like I had somewhat contributed to that - we've had a great time together.

So after a good night's sleep and brief morning swim, we said farewell to Uruguay and headed to the Brazilian border. And that's where I am now - still on the border. With 5 1/2 hours to kill in a hot, boring, non-coastal border town called Chuy before a 15 hour bus trip, what else am I supposed to do but update my travel blog?! Hope you're enjoying it!
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