Playa de las Achiras

Punta del Diablo

Arriving in Punta del Diablo

Came from Brazil through the border of Chuy. From here you can find a bus going almost anywhere along the east coast and all the way to Montevideo. The bus terminal in Punta del Diablo is a bit outside the city, around 2km. There’s a shuttle service which would take you into town for a silly amount. This day I decided to walk. It was easy to find, just following the main road brought you into town. I cheated by using the GPS on my phone as safety. Used the bus Wifi to load the route before jumping off.

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One of the roads in Punta del Diablo
I fell in love with these kind of houses, especially the roof
I fell in love with these kind of houses, especially the roof. Cable trying to ruin my pic….
Abandoned car in Punta del Diablo
Abandoned car in Punta del Diablo

Fondo del Mar hostel

Stayed at the Fondo del Mar hostel. Booked three nights but got stuck here for six. I totally loved Punta del Diablo. The place was so tranquil. Perfect place to get some old school work done while zipping out of the huge 1l beers. Apart from a few lonely and expensive Coronas in ordinary size at the store, the big beers were the only ones around. Yeeeeeey! Recommend this place, very calm, cheap beer, cheap and good dinner every evening, cool people working here and nice guests.

Fondo del Mar hostel
Studying (but obviously did something else during this pic…) with the 1 litre beer ready!

Nacional Parque de Santa Teresa

Visited the National Park nearby Punta del Diablo. A Brazilian guy asked me if I wanted to join him, and without any real plans for the day, I was in. Visited the Fortaleza and some of the beaches. There was some other places we drove past that I wanted to see but we got lost trying to find them on the way back. People from the hostel went there by walking north along the beaches. It’s a good hike that’ll keep you occupied for some hours. There’s also big camping opportunities for anyone interested in this.

National park Santa Teresa
Parque nacional Santa Teresa
National park Santa Teresa
Lots of palm trees
National park Santa Teresa
More palm trees in the Santa Teresa park
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Following a car, trying to exit the park

Fortaleza de Santa Teresa

To be honest, I judged the fort too quickly, thinking it was nothing special at all. I’ve seen a lot more impressive things though but didn’t really catch the feeling of this one at first. But now, afterwards when looking at the pictures, I think my first impression was too harsh.

Santa Teresa
Getting in to the Fortaleza. 1 Brazilian, 1 French, 2 Germans  and me.
Santa Teresa
Chapel inside the Fortaleza
Fortaleza Santa Teresa
Fortaleza Santa Teresa
Outside the fort
Outside the fort

Surfing for the first time

So many years of waiting has finally come to an end. After all the beaches I’ve seen and spent time on, I never even tried this. How did it go? Considering the circumstances, totally okay, could’ve gone better if I was in a better shape and didn’t carry a nasty flu that still don’t want to leave my body. I know, stupid to exhaust myself but it’s slowly leaving my body now… I’ll definately do this again. Actually, this is one of the few things that has not been documented. It was difficult enough trying to do this without the GoPro.

Beaches around Punta del Diablo

There are beaches in and around the area that are easy to access. Use your legs and walk as far as you want. Going north, you can access the National park of Santa Teresa. Beaches were pretty empty around here when I was in town. But this was just in between high and low season.

Football goal on the empty beach
Football goal on the empty beach
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Empty beach, a few people walked by
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Rocks in Punta del Diablo
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Birds hanging out
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Cool water effects, Punta del Diablo

Came from: Brazil through Chuy

Next stop: Punta del Este

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