Feet in the sand at Punta del Diablo
Uruguay! What started as a horror story ended with a happy end. Uruguay is known for it’s relaxed people. Things are a bit more slow paced in a good way. People seem to enkoy life just a bit more. Sounds like our spot.
We flew from Salta to Punta del Este in Uruguay with Buenos Aires as connection hub. When we arrived in Uruguay we wanted to avoid the St. Tropez like Punta del Este after seeing five plastic faces within one minute after arrival.
So we took our chances and got a taxi to a bus terminal 30 km. from the airport. Lucky for us there was a bus going Punta del Diablo. The bad part, we should be arriving there at 01.30 AM.
That night, the bus dropped us off 3km. from the center and we didn’t had an idea where this place was that we called earlier that day in Buenos Aires. We walked and walked in the rain and our humor got worse by the minute. We eventually found a place somewhere in the center at a place with partying teenagers. They had 2 bunk beds available in a dorm packed with teenaged girls. The room was filthy and the beds were terrible. But hey, at least we weren’t standing outside in the rain anymore so we took it.
After waking up in this awful place we continued our search for a place we booked in advanced called El Diablo Tranquilo. The place was easy to recognize by it’s red exterior. It had a relaxed atmosphere and a very nice staff. Yes, the nicer things still exist in Punta del Diablo.
After getting a quick shower we walked to the beach. Sunny day, nice sand and even some waves. We loved it. Later in the evening we got surprised by a very thick and strange forming pack of clouds which resulted in a pretty heavy storm. We quickly found shelter beneath a bar on the beach and waited for the sky to clear up.
Waking up for the second time in Punta del Diablo was quite a big contrast to the primary one. We went out for some breakfast and to arrange some bus tickets for the day after to go to Montevideo. The rest of that day was more or less filled with walking around the place, take a long stroll on the beach and taking photos.
With the night kicking in and the sky clearing up we wanted to head out one more time in search of a place we’ve spotted somehow called Pueblo Arriba Hostel. While there we were surprised by a performing couple Jesusa Delbardo playing some really good tunes. The duo sounded more or less like a combination between Portishead and Jose Gonzales, pretty dope. Definitely the cherry on the Punta del Diablo cake.
Next stop. Montevideo and back to Buenos Aires to catch a plane to El Calafate, Patagonia Argentina!