El Diablo Tranquilo

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Punta del Diablo, Uruguay
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andrejav andrejav
684 reviews
El Diablo Tranquilo Dec 26, 2016
El Diablo Tranquilo is the beacon of cool and relaxed in the small town of Punta del Diablo. Punta used to be a very small fishing village, but as it usually happens, vacationers took over and built their summer cabanas all over the sand dunes. I came there during the autumn time when no more than 400 people (includes many die hard hippies), and many dogs call this place a home. During the summer you will be sharing this place with 30000 people.

Buses come to Punta couple times per day, but the bus station is not that close to the town. Luckily, bus drivers know that no one wants to stay at the bus station, so they drive to the town and drop you off above harbor beach. Hostel is few blocks away from that spot. Sand and dirt roads lead all around the town winding around the dunes.

Cool red building, a bit on the hill is your destination. Two floors with balconies and many places to sit or chill. When you climb the wooden path to the wooden house, you will enter grand hall, a spacious area covered with glass and the place to relax and check your internet. Reception I right there and they will help you with info that you need about the area. They can also wash your stuff if you been traveling long time without the washing machine.

We got a “private room” with ensuite bathroom and fantastic fire place (without fire this time). The whole wall was the glass sliding door looking at the bay and rolling waves. Few chairs and hammocks at the balcony fortified the tranquility that the hostels name promised… Center of the happening is definitely the kitchen and the tables around it. Most of the people staying here are cooking their own food because there was only one restaurant in the town that was open (which changes during the season). That evolves to the feasts for everyone, and potluck style dinners with lots of Uruguayan vine.

Room was fantastic, great bed, spacious, excellent bathroom with the hot water… Staff is very friendly, knowledgeable about the area and travel possibilities. Hostel is clean which is a bit surprising due to the amount of sand that surrounds us. Breakfast is included and it is basic continental stuff, but with fantastic bread. Every morning baker brings full truck of bread so it is super fresh and tasty. One of the offers in hostel is surfing, but I am more of the warm water surfer…

Punta is fairly far from larger cities and surrounded with the nature reserves and kilometers of sandy beaches. I am not sure if you are into swimming in the colder water, but sea lions don’t seem to mind. Sea life is abundant and fresh fish is always available. This town hosts hoards of dogs that are generally extremely friendly. They actually use you as a traveling companions… If the dog wants to go around the town, it has to pass through many “territories” that are protected by other dogs… So doggies developed the system of “my human” traveling partner. They befriend you, and then follow wherever you go.
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kgroden kgroden
5 reviews
Mar 17, 2010
Awesome. Great place to meet people. Cheap. Clean. Friendly helpful staff. I wanted to wash a few items of clothing and they hooked me up with a bucket and a hose so I could do them by hand and not pay for it. They gave great recomendations and they have a really high fun factor. Oh and they have an awesome playlist of music they were playing in the common areas. The kitchen was out on the deck which was really nice because the temprature was perfect but one night there was wind and the flame kept going out.
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juanpueblo says:
and it's not for 50 people! it's a very small kitchen!
Posted on: Apr 20, 2010
juanpueblo says:
jaja, you have to say that the kitchen it's outside!
it's a kitchen for summer! not for winter!
Posted on: Apr 20, 2010

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