Punta del Este
Punta del Este Travel Blog› entry 22 of 34 › view all entries
Wow - "you either love it or hate it here" they say, unless like us, who just thought that it was OK!
Punta del Este is recognised as the most glitzy part of the whole South American continent and THE place to be seen- but only in a Ferrari and a linen Gucci suit with a huge wad of notes (US dollars of course, no the national currancy!). In our back-packers garb and budget, it was still interesting to see "how the other half live" and it was a really interesting two days. We stayed in a lovely and friendly guesthouse of a really nice family and first South Americans that we have met that have visited London and travelled through Europe. We met a very nice couple from back home - (randomly enough from Paignton - the first Devonian we have met!) which has been a rarity in our near 3 month trip and it was a nice couple of days.
Punta del Este had the most amazing properties - it was like we imagine America to be in the nicest parts of the leafiest and most affluent of suburbs. Huge houses and opulent displays of exreme wealth - another example of the real disparities of standards of living between the rich and the poor of this hugely diverse continent.
What struck us was the over development of the area. Huge towerblocks downtown blotted the skyline and there seemed to be no let-up in the development of the area. Popular singer Shakira was supposed to be getting married in the area, which is a show that money can buy you a lot, but not taste!
We moved on after two nights to somewhere that couldn´t have been more different - Punta del Diablo. A couple of hundred Km´s up the coast, but a couple of light years away in ambiance..............