Punta del Diablo - Day 32-37

Trip Start Jan 31, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Punta del Diablo Hostel & Cabanas

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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Day 32 - 07/02/09

I was the only person in the dorm with a mosquito net and I was the only person to be bitten. Ironic hey! Was bitten on the lip of all places which has now blown up like a balloon, looks like I've been having collagen injections to give me a Hollywood pout. The bites are really starting to piss me off now! My blood must be a fine delicacy to the mosquito. Need to get out of Montevideo before my body is completely covered in bites, so I caught a cab to the long distance bus station with no idea where I was going to go, all I know is that I need to head north towards the Brazilian border. I looked at departures board and decided to catch the bus to Punta del Diablo, a laid back beach town around 40km from the border. A few guys I met in Buenos Aires said it was a really cool place with beautiful beaches and coastal scenery, a complete contrast to Punta del Este which is suppose to be the St Tropez of Uruguay which was my other option.

The bus journey took 4 hours to Punta del Diablo and I slept most of the way, occasionally waking up to peer out of the window to see flat agricultural land scattered with coconut palms. As the bus approached town, little "Cabanas" (Wooden huts) were dotted across the landscape by the coastline, looks like really nice town to spend a couple of days. The bus dropped me off in the centre of town and then the mission to find accommodation commenced. It's the weekend and the high season, so my expectation of finding a little Cabanas by the beach for 15 US dollars a night was soon dashed, cheapest I could find was 50!!! After walking around aimlessly for an hour I found hostel which was fully booked, shit!! The lady at the hostel directed me to another hostel a couple of kilometres away which thankfully did have a bed and was only 10 bucks a night. It's a   20 minute walk to the the centre town but I could do with the exercise.

Day 33 - 08/02/09

A chilled out beach day today, a nice change of scenery compared with the numerous cities I've been in over the last couple of weeks. I had a wander along the curved yellow-sand beach of Punta del Diablo and found a nice spot on some rocks away from the Argentinean tourists who pour into town for the weekend. A very pretty coastline with some big surf crashing onto the beaches and rocks. Might hang around in town for a while, nice spot.

Yesterday I was told about a Full moon party which was happening tonight in a forest close to town. So a few us from the hostel went for a late midnight dinner at a local restaurant and walked to the party. We walked along the main road which leads out of town and saw the red hues and flickering of fire in the forest. Then we heard the faint sound of music in the distance, we'd found the party. It was like entering a scene from the 60's when we reached the little clearing in the forest. A big pit was dug into the ground which contained a huge fire, Led Zeppelin being played in the background and around 30 people sat around drinking and talking. We hung around until the early hours before heading back to the hostel, another late night in Latin America.

Day 34 - 09/02/09

A couple of girls from the hostel found an amazing Cabanas in the centre of town right near the beach, which can sleep 8 people, so we all moved out of the hostel into our new upmarket digs. We're paying the same each night for the Cabanas as we were in the rather scummy dorm. Good work girls!!
In the late afternoon went down to the beach for a stroll and a bit of an explore. It's nice to be in a central location and not have the long walk into town which I had from the hostel.
We decided to have a big barbecue tonight at the Cabanas. Bought some big steaks and Chorizo and had a good old feed. One of the guys staying in the Cabanas is Australian, so we gave him the honour of cooking the meat on the barby. We stayed at the Cabanas for most of the evening before going to a bar by the beach at around 4am for a night-cap.
Day 35 - 10/02/09

A storm is heading our way by the look of things, heavy rain and strong winds tonight. Can't complain though the weather has been great since I've been in Uruguay, the sun has been shining most days with pleasant cool evenings, it's been perfect until this moment.

We were confined to the Cabanas tonight due to the weather, so just relaxed in the lounge this evening watching and listening to the rain fall in the comfort of little home.

Day 36 - 11/02/09

After coming off the mountain I've been so lazy, haven't done anything of any cultural interest. After carnival I'll change these lazy nocturnal habits, or maybe this what south America does to you. Another relaxed day in Punta del Diablo today and another late night, obviously!

Day 37 - 12/02/09
Hung around the Cabanas for most of the day, once again. Went for a walk in the late afternoon, sat on the dunes overlooking the beach and had a bit of think about how I'll spend the next couple of months in south America. It was a useful little think, I now have a rough idea where I'm going to be and what I'm going to do. We had another barbecue tonight, shrimp was on the menu with salad, vegetables, and some Vino Tinto of course. Been eating very well over the last few days.
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