Our own shack
Trip Start Jan 17, 2008
186Trip End Jun 30, 2009
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Punta Del Diablo is a very small fishing village not far from the Brazil-Uruguay border, it is a very rustic and simple place, nevertheless when we arrived (around Xmas time) it was jampacked with tourists, lots of Brazilian accents can be heard around the town, there are lots of restaurants, cafes and other services catering for tourists, but it still has kept its rustic charm. Its major attraction is the beach, it stretches for miles and miles, nearly as far as the eye can see right up to a headland on the horizon where there is a lighthouse. The waves here, like in Punta Del Este, are very strong, not so good for swimming, great for surfing, but it was fun to get in among all the waves. The current and long shore drift ( i think this is what the effect is - its been a long time since school Geography lessons), mean that you always get pushed about 30 metres up the beach when you hit the shore again after swimming out into the waves
On the first evening, we did not cook (our kitchen was very basic and the utensils themselves - well, daniella point blank refused to use them! a few feet away from our des res was a restaurant called, el viejo y el mar, named after the Hemingway novel, specialising in fish and seafood (well....this is a fishing village after all), the restaurant was very quaint, traditional and atmospheric, Daniella had the squid, whereas I had it the fish, it was a bit of splurge, even though the village is quaint, the prices are unfortunately high, especially during the peak season, which is xmas and new years eve, however she prounounced the squid to be the best she has ever tasted, so it was defintely worth it, and the fish was very good to, after we ate their was a band playing, which added to the nice atmosphere.
We started mulling over what would be our next move, whether we would continue with our original plan and return to Buenos Aires for new years, or carry on up the coast staying by the beach, after much thought we opted for the former, as we still wanted to visit Paraguay, so 2 days later we were heading back to Colonia, crossing the whole country of Uruguay in one day, its not that big, but it still took 6 hours.