Punta del Diablo Travel Blog› entry 23 of 34 › view all entries
Punta del Diablo was just about everything that we hoped that it would be. It felt a million miles away from the Cities and anywhere else we had been. A simple village on the Western Uruguayan coast with two big sandy beaches, some simple but excellent fish resturants and no buildings above two stories.
After getting a lift on the back of a pick-up truck sown the dusty road from where we were dropped-off (most buses don´t venture into the town, although stop at every one-horse-town on the way!), we managed to find our Hostel, (El Diablo Tranquilo) which had only opened 3 weeks ago. We managed to find a space on the 1km long beach and sat in the glorious sun - fortunately only another 10 people or so where there to share the whole stretch of sand! We had a good wander round, it was rustic in a nice way and although there was a bit of a shabby Porthcawl / Dawlish Warren feel (delete as appropriate depending on where you are reading this blog from!), it was just so peaceful and understated.
Every night we visited a fish resturant and given that the fish was landed only a maximum 50 metres away from the places we went, it was every bit as good as we had hoped. Every night we went to sleep to the sound of the waves pounding the shore (unlike Punta del Este, Montevideo and Buenos Aires which all had a very humid feel at night, there was a bit of a nippy wind) and every morning we woke to the sound of the birds. There is hardly any traffic about on the dirt roads at all - although as with everywhere in Uruguay (and parts of Argentina), there were a fair few working horses and carts steaming around!
We were sad to leave Punta del Diablo, it was our real highlight of Uruguay and one of the greatest places we have visited on our trip so far. Writing this from a down-town internet centre in Buenos Aires, I can´t believe it was only a few hours on the bus and a ferry trip away from this sprawling metropolis! A place we would hugely recommend to anyone visiting Uruguay and we would love to go back there one day.