Better the devil you know

Trip Start Sep 02, 2008
Trip End Dec 14, 2008

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Up the coast of Uruguay, nearly at the Brazilian border, is a tiny remote fishing village surrounded by gorgeous empty sandy beaches called Punta del Diablo (Devil's Point).  We had heard much about it, and about the only hostel in town, El Diablo Tranquilo, so we decided that this would be the perfect place to chill out for a few days, top up the tan and relax before the end of our trip, and so it was.....

The hostel was a funky fabulous place full of friendly, happy people, hammocks and cute dogs.  The village had sandy streets, 1 grocery shop, 1 bar and a gorgeous long golden beach backed by sand dunes.  Heaven is indeed a place on earth!  We spent 4 days sunbathing, reading, sleeping, eating and drinking far too much cheap red wine - doh!  We really did mean to walk to Uruguay's only national park, 3km up the beach, and learn to surf, and go bike-riding, honest...we just didn't get round to it!

Eventually, once Nige had perfected his tan, we tore ourselves away for one night in Punta del Este on our way back to Buenos Aires.  This is the opposite of del Diablo - a high rise town full of expensive shops, posh hotels, swanky yachts and very rich people from all over the world, come to perfect their tan, and spend their money.  We didn't expect to like it, and it was a bit of a culture shock after Punta del Diablo, but it was still a lovely place, again built on a peninsula, so you couldn't walk more than a few blocks before coming to another beach.  It was ringed by a mosaic-ed promenade all the way round the peninsula, for people to stroll at sunset showing off their golden tans and Gucci sunglasses.

We splashed out on a hotel room for only $10 more than a hostel dorm, so felt like we were living the highlife too, if only for 1 night.
And then it was off on our very last bus journey, back to Buenos Aires for a night of reflection on our fabulous trip before flying home...
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