Beaches in Uruguay...

Trip Start Dec 03, 2010
Trip End Dec 02, 2011

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Flag of Uruguay  , Rocha,
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Following the hectic canoeing weekend I decided to have a few days chilling out (yes, you read that correctly) on the beautiful beaches in Uruguay.

First stop after a couple of grey and cool days in Montevideo (again!) was La Paloma which was around 3 1/2 hours east by bus. I got chatting with a girl from Israel and we decided to share a HUGE pizza and then go to the cinema - a bit like going back to the dark ages in that you could hear the film reel going round - the sound quality was pretty poor but nonetheless I enjoyed seeing Colin Firth in action in The King's Speech. This guy has to be one of the most versatile actors on the planet...

The next day (10th) I walked to the next resort called La Pedrera along the beach and back stopping for a cool off in the sea now and again, tough life eh... La Pedrera is much less commercial than La Paloma, very pretty in fact. Passed a few dead sealions along the way, believe me you don't want to be downwind of one let me tell you...

After a run along the beach the next morning I got on the bus again, this time heading for Barra la Valisas where I met Lucia from the Montevideo couchsurfing group. I stayed with her and her parents in their friends' beach home for 3 nights, nice! A very relaxing 3 days, beach in the morning, lunch and a siesta in the afternoon and back to the beach late afternoon followed by food and wine/beer of course. Although one of the days I decided I needed to do some exercise, and so walked from Valisas to Cabo Polonio which is a pretty tough walk across the dunes in the heat of the day (as I set off a bit late), but it took around 2 1/2 hours to walk 10km as I was motoring... CP is even smaller than Valisas and can't be reached by road. You have to leave your car at the main road car park and take a special jeep across the sands to the cape. I did that journey on the way back so to avoid the walk back across the dunes. There was a huge queue for the jeeps at around 6.30pm but there are many coming and going to cope with the demand.

On the Friday night in Valisas a couple of bands hit town (quite an event I believe) so we bought some beer (usually sold in litre bottles) and sat and watched under the stars. The main band was playing a strange mix of modern jazz and candombe which was a bit of an acquired taste.

On the Saturday night we watched an AMAZING sunset but sod's law I didn't have my camera with me at the time, so we have to make do with Sunday's sunset instead, not half as good...

On the 14th I took another bus to the resort of Punta del Diablo which is getting pretty close to the Brazilian border. Another long beach walk, this time returning from Santa Teresa national park and the Fortaleza. That was as far as I decided to go before turning back and heading to Montevideo once again...
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Robert on

Stunning, really it

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