Punta del Este, Uruguay
Trip Start Jun 07, 2009
13Trip End Aug 23, 2009
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The popularity of Punta del Este stems from it being the eastern point of the Mar de Plata, and the closest town to Montevideo and Buenos Aires with direct exposure to the Atlantic Ocean and its clearer water. Over the past this drew the Argentinians, which then built up the tourist infrastructure, including fancy night clubs, restaurants, shops and yacht clubs, which subsequently drew other wealthy South Americans
Luckily for us, the vibe in Punta is very low key in the off season and the place was almost a ghost town during our stay. We pulled into the bus station at 9 pm, found our hostel and grabbed some food. The hostel, Hostel 1949, was the nicest one we've visited on this trip so far and at $25 per night for a private room with private bath it was a steal relative to the hotels and pousadas in town. It was located at the begining of the peninsula that comprises the older, main section of Punta del Este, which has some highrises but most of the buildings in this area are only a few stories tall. On one side of the 1 km wide peninsula is the Bahia(bay) de Maldonado, which was visible from the hostel lounge, and the other is the Atlantic Ocean.
We had to log a 12 mile run for our marathon training, and this was a perfect place to do it. We´ve found that running is a great way to see a city, even if it means dodging charging stray dogs
After one night, we decided to catch a bus farther up the coast to a small seaside town, La Pedrera.