Cabo Polonio

Trip Start Sep 22, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Premier jour d'un nouveau mois, permier jour d'un nouveau moi...

Cabo Polonio was my first real step in this travel. At first, I planned to stay 2 or 3 days... finally I stayed 10 days. This 60 inhabitants village is located in a national park, on the seashore. To enter this craft and fisher community you have to take a 4x4 truck and pass through 7 km of sand dunes. I finally understand why Uruguayans beaches are so famous, the 10 Km seafront at each side of the village are composed of endless and gorgeous sand dunes, small forests and oasis, which make this place sometimes look like a desert. It's also a major place for sea lion and whale observation. It's no accident that this place became an hippie paradise !  

I stayed in a small wooden Hostel 10 m from the sea, managed by Pancho, an original full of energy and relaxed character, and temporarily helped by Marco, a lost french-speaking Swiss who decided to play overtime in the quiet but soon animated place (5000 persons in summer...) At the time we were less than a 100 in the area, and I had the chance to have the entire beach for myself during almost all the weekdays. Time to walk, read, relax and think...

Since people voted not to have public light (electricity is provided by wind machines and generators) the night sky was incredible, it's the best sky I've seen in my life so far. The water was quite cold but swim-able. I was lucky to have sunny and warm days almost all my stay, even if the nights were cooler.

This place is a trap...If my finance had allowed me to stay more I would have done so (no ATM on the beach). Kristian, the German guy who were at the hostel the first weekend was about to loose his flight to stay more, Marco will probably stay until the end of summer... and that the same story for many locals who decided to stay for the rest of their life !

I finally managed to escape (not without feeling a twinge of sadness) with the group of exchange students from Montevideo who stayed the second weekend, and who I joined in Montevideo for a few days.

Definitely a place to see and experiment...
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