Wednesday, 12 March 2008

I'm in Uruguay ( Where are you?)

Map: The road much travelled (click to enlarge)

After the Carnival washout we headed east to Uruguay for a weeks exploration of the beaches. The border crossing is a bit of a roll of the dice these days, as the local Argentines are blocking several bridges at different times, in protest at potential pollution from two paper mills that have been built just over the border in Uruguay. It's causing a major rift between the countries and there is no end in sight to the protests. Since the bridge at Gualeguaychu was blocked, our route took us first north to Colón then across the border to Paysandú, then south to Montevideo and finally north east as far as the small isolated beach town of Punta Diablo before backtracking to Cabo Polonio, Punta del Este, Montevideo and finally ferry back to Buenos Aires.

For those in colder climes and busier times, I'm not trying to rub it in...but...ah shite!..I am trying to rub it in, tough titties! We spent 2 majestic days in a private cabin by the beach (see photos) in Punta del Diablo, just sitting on the porch and listening to the waves crashing against the shore and catching some great sunsets/sunrises. It cost the small fortune of US$50 dollars a night for our paradise on the beach. This small town is described as the anti-Punta del Este as it's very basic and non pretentious. The only downside were the mozzies who were feasting on me like they'd never tasted an Irishman before. By the end of the 2 days, I looked like I had a serious case of the measles.

Photo: Our Abode

Photo: Beach Bum

Photo: Sunrise from the porch (Yes surprisingly, I was up at that hour!)


Shaunj March 12, 2008 7:01 am  

Nice pics, jaysus it could be Ireland..

Baino March 12, 2008 3:56 pm  

Interesting beach house! $50US? Does sound a bit exe but the beach looks good. Of course, you know where the BEST beaches are (discounting Bondi of course!) And you forgot your Aerogard? Silly snossage.

Quickroute March 12, 2008 4:14 pm  

Shaunj: Some of the coast there did remind me of west coast of Ireland especially when it was raining!

Baino: Yes - no argument - you win hands down on the beach front. No I did have my 'OFF'spray and was burning coils and was wearing long sleeves and pants - that just seems to make them more determined to bite me!

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