Mar Del Plata...Brighton of Argentina...sweet!

Trip Start Jul 22, 2008
Trip End Dec 10, 2008

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

After 10 fairly intense days in Buenos Aires, we were happy to arrive in Mar del Plata, a laid back beach town on the coast just 6 hours south of the capital.  We immediately realised that we were essentially in the Brighton of Argentina (but with sand instead of pebbles on the beach).  It is a summer-city based mostly around its proximity to the sea and has these English-looking brick buildings that line the boardwalk along miles of beach.  Since its still off season, its pretty quiet around here.  Apparently itīs only really busy in January and February when pretty much the entire population of Buenos Aires jostles for beach-space, but the weather is a bit hit-and-miss the rest of the year so its much quieter.  It was sunny and gorgeous when we arrived, then we had a couple slightly cloudy days, but since we arenīt in too much of a hurry, we just stuck around until it got sunny again. 

There is a big sea lion colony in the port that we walked about 3 hours to see, but we could only bear to watch them for about 5 minutes because they smelled so incredibly horrible.  Seriously, Iīve never smelled anything like it.  It was mostly males.  Some of them were gigantic and really grouchy and baring their huge teeth and barking at one another!  After our beautiful sea lion experiences in the galapagos with cute playing, cuddling sea lion mamas and babies, these brutes were foul!  But we then we found a few more of them hanging out at the fish market where we could watch them without such a stench and we couldnīt argue that they really are pretty impressive creatures.  Some of them actually have thick manes around their heads, which made the name "sea lion" make sense for the first time.

In any case, we just spent our days at the beach and our evenings eating paella, steaks, and roast pig for our dinners.  We found another branch of a local micro-brewery pub that we liked in Mendoza so we popped in there for a few drinks.  It was always pleasantly busy, which was nice since the rest of the town was a bit deserted!

Heading up the coast to Villa Gesell next!
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