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Aug 6, 2014 - that time we turned the alarm clock off

Some might think that backpacking is suited for the laid-back, the structure-less, the "whatever"-ers, the hopeless wanderers among us. But sometimes, just sometimes, it takes precision, grace, and a little bit of luck. Take this for example: 5:45 pm - leave Puerto Iguazu, Arg. 7:00 am - arrive in Colonia, Arg. 7:02 am - buy tickets for a bus to Salto, Urg. 7:05 am - board bus to Uruguay 8:40 am - arrive in Salto, buy tickets and get shoved on a bus to Montevideo by one very impatient bus driver 2:45 pm - arrive in the ritzy Montevideo bus...

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Nov 7, 2012 - Week 6 - Punta del Diablo, Cabo Polonio, Colonia (Uruguay)

On our second day in Punta del Diablo we wandered through the sand dunes to the beach accompanied by two of the dogs from the hostel. The beach was a huge expanse of windswept white sand with no one else around for miles. Walking along the coast we passed through the centre of the village. It was a shame we were there in the shoulder months as the village was full of bars and restaurants in shacks lining the beach but everything was either shut or being painted and given a new lease of life ready for peak season in January/February - one of...

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Jun 22, 2012 - Cabo Polonio

Cabo Polonio est un petit village de pêcheurs à environ 7h de Montevideo. Il n'y a pas de route pour y arriver. Le bus nous laisse à l'entrée du parc national. De là, soit on peut marcher 7km dans des dunes de sables, soit on peut prendre un camion qui nous amène au village. Nous avons opté pour le camion. On a décidé de monter sur le toit pour admirer la vue et eu la mauvaise idée de sortir l’appareil photo. Dès que le camion a démarré, cela bougeait dans tous les sens (et oui, il roule dans le sable), on se serait cru dans un grand 8......

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Feb 9, 2012 - Estancia - Guardia del Monte

9th February After enduring the truck (in the rain) again to get back to the main road, we met our taxi which took us to Estancia Guardia del Monte, a working ranch with 400 sheep and 600 cattle. Here the atmosphere couldn't have been more different. The house was in the middle of a huge ranch on the edge of a lake, Laguna de Castillos, with a beautiful garden and central courtyard absolutely covered in ripe grapes. After we had a shower to wash away all traces of Cabo Polonio they served us lunch in the oldest part of the building. At that...

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Feb 8, 2012 - Cabo Polonio

8th February An early start today for our three and a half journey to Cabo Polonio in a nice air conditioned private car. However, we didn't realise that we would have to change vehicles and do a further half hour in an open back truck. Most of the others on the truck are day trippers with small back packs but we have all our luggage – a bit of a struggle to get it up onto the truck then hang on to it as we have a really rough ride over the dunes. The Cabo Polonio area is a national park and the agency claim that this is the only way we are...

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Feb 2, 2011 - Chuy

Having been unsuccessful the day before at ATM we return for US cash (in Venezuela they tell us to use the black market for exchg since the official rate from banks ie ATMs is only half of what you can get on the black market and costs would be prohibitive if we went with 4:1 rate)...this time we have success and should have enuf $$$ to get us thru Venezuela. Back to hostel and bus we say our good byes, really glad they came up and joined us in Uruguay!! Bus La Paloma lvs for Chuy at 3:45pm...leaving Jake and Beth here in hostel til they...

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Feb 1, 2011 - La Paloma

The truck ride to highway is like riding an elephant in Asia, up down, swaying side to side thru the dunes. Met a young couple (she an events organizer-can't tell you how many of these we've met, he a brick layer from London...good time to be away) on an around world trip from England, now in their 16th month and going til June. Once back in L.P. I ask about my cap and lo and behold they've got it! My cap (now number 7?) is back and all is well with the world! We kind of kick back, spend time on internet there and Jake and I play cribbage!...

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Jan 31, 2011 - Cabo Polonio

Short bus ride then a park service dbl decker truck thru sand dunes to Cabo...probably the most unique approach to a town we've ever experienced! Trucks run every half hour so there is a constant movement of people in/out of 'town'...mostly young folks, kind of a hippy thing going on here. This is a national park now so they say no more building or even additions to existing houses, establishments...explains the high prices! Left/lost my 5th cap at the Altena 5000 Hostel back in La Palonia and because there is no shade/in hot sun here. I...

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Jan 29, 2011 - La Paloma via Punta del Este

Stayed in Altena 5000 Hostel in Park across from bus terminal, easy walk, filled w/ many cabins which people rent (lots of tourists here - Uruguain/Argentinian/Brazilian). Also, a huge tent city down the road...Nice...talked to Nadia (when in P.del E. to make reservations) who is mgr and she was very nice, assured us no problem...we arr past midnight and she greeted us warmly, almost tucked us in, ha! Up early, washed clothes, then off to beach, too much sun for me! Has got to be the biggest beach I've ever seen and most people...major...

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Feb 2, 2010 - Mucho Calor

´Hace calor eh?´, ´Demasiado calor..´or simply ´Que calor!´ For most Argentines this is a staple of their everyday conversation. You would think that living with this heat on a daily basis would mean they just got on with it, but they do love a bit of a whinge. In Uruguay we met probably more Portenos (from BA) than we did actual Uruguyuans. All the Argentines escape the stifling BA heat and head to the Uruguayan coast, so much so that Punta del Este - the overpriced resort where the beautiful people reside- is often referred to as a...

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Jan 24, 2009 - Beach Backpackin'

While Dave is slaving away at his class from our little apartment in the boring, upperclass, commerical neighborhood of Belgrano, I decided to venture out. As it turns out Buenos Aires is not know for beaches unless you want to travel down to the sardine-like craziness of Mar del Plata just south of Buenos Aires. You have to go north to Uruguay to find decent beaches, so I hopped on a ferry to Colonia, Uruguay, took a bus to Montevideo, another bus to La Paloma, et voila, 7 hours later I was on a beach. It wasn't an original idea. Every...

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Feb 22, 2008 - Punta Del Diablo

Gisterenavond in Punta del Diablo aangekomen na een 3 uur durende busrit uit Punta del Este. Langs de weg uitgestrekte grasvlakten met zowel melk als vleeskoeien gezien en hier en daar een stadje. Punta del Diablo is een klein stadje dat ook volledig afgestemd is op het toerisme, maar hier zijn er geen hotels en geen hoogbouw. Hier zijn buiten de enkele hostels enkel cabañas te huur. Dit zijn kleine vakantiehuisjes of delen van een groter huis. Dit maakt het ook een veel gemoedelijker plaats en tevens goedkoper, al is dat betrekkelijk, het...

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