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Travel Blogs from Punta del Este
... detour, we figured let's go AGG (surfer lingo for get crazy) and head to Uruguay!
Here's the recap:
Due to inflation and recovery from a 2002 economic crisis, Uruguay is muy expensive. Everyone told us that ahead of time, but after living many years on both the east and left coasts, we assumed prices wouldn't shock us. A McDonald's value meal will run you about $20 U.S. and that's with only a MEDIUM Coke Zero. Crisis indeed.
Uruguay's coastline is a dramatically beautiful work of nature. Rio del Plata’s northern shores and its estuary are lines with inviting beaches. The enclaves of Piriapolis and Minas are nearer the capital, but the unchallenged queen of the Uruguayan resort area has long been Punta del Este.
The slender peninsula reaches out from the Maldonado Coast into the Southern Atlantic Ocean like a beckoning finger. Fringed with beaches, the resort community ...
... 8230; About 35 years ago!! And they hadn’t purchased a new bikini since they made the move! That’s right, the bums which ate the bikinis here, seemed to generally be those of the grandmothers who were there with their families. But hey, a bum’s a bum I guess and they all serve the same purpose.
After our lovely picnic at Gorriti, Tom dragged me to an artist’s mansion, which was situated on ...
... the street to buy a few necessities. If I wouldn't know any better I would have thought the "DISCO" supermarket was a nightclub:-) But I knew it couldn't be a nightclub because it was too early for that many people to be going in and out of the place!!
I thought I would load up on some fruit. Unfortunately when I got to the cashier she looked at me and started speaking really fast that I didn't get them weighed/tagged. You ...
... sure the prices were hiked up due to the cruise ship too. All in all worth a look. and the drive there is not too bad either you get some amazing views of the Punta del este coast line from this vantage point.
Then we headed to "la Pataia" ranch, nice country drive and they show you how Dule De Leche is made and once you walk around the traquil gardens and the kids do ...