I finished up my travel in Uruguay with a visit to Punta del Diablo, a seaside village on the north eastern coast. It took me about 4 hours by bus from Piriapolis to travel the 200 kilometres up the coast to get to Punta del Diablo. I was edging my way ever closer to the Brazilian border; Punta is less than 50 kilometres from Brazil. I just had to stop in Punta though, I’d heard great reports about the sleepy fisherman village that turns in to a vibrant hub of activity during the summer months as increasing numbers of Argentinians, Brazilians, Uruguayans and western backpackers come to enjoy the beaches, waves and laid back vibe.
I stayed at El Diablo Tranquilo, one of the few accommodation options in town that’s open year round. I stayed during ‘shoulder season’ (as I heard it described) but I must say there was a really great atmosphere at the hostel, helped by the fact that Uruguayan carnaval was approaching and holiday makers and performers were all converging on Punta del Diablo to enjoy it. I was particularly impressed by the fact that the manager, Youri, and his wife lived and worked there with their baby daughter. They even had a cool kids play area set up out the back. As a parent this was very welcoming to see; it’s the type of town and establishment that I would feel very comfortable returning to with my own daughter one day.
As for Punta itself from a healthy travel perspective, there’s lots of nice beaches and sand dunes to walk and trek through, plenty of quality eateries and fruit on offer (I have to mention the empanadas on the artisan boardwalk that were sensational if not the healthiest), and then there's Santa Teresa National Park only a few kilometres away that can be explored on foot, by bike or on horseback. But enough of me writing about it. Why don’t you have a look at the vlog to get a better idea:
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