Uruguay
Cabo Polonio

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  • Day91

    Cabo Polonia

    April 4 in Uruguay

    I started the day with a beach walk in La Paloma, what an perfect start to the day! I took some time to sit down and watch the surfers doing their magic. Suddenly I saw a fin in the water with the surfers and almost had an heart attack, until I saw more of them and understood it was dolphins that wanted to have some fun in the waves as well - amazing!

    At 14 I took the bus to Cabo Polonia visitor centre. From there you need to take a 4WD vehicle to get to town. Cabo Polonia is a national park, and regulare cars is prohibited. Already at this ride I understood that I am going somewhere very special. It was a bumpy ride on dirt road, heading towards beautiful sand dunes and beaches as long as the eye can see, and in the middle of this you find the charming small town called Cabo Polonia. I was super impressed by the scenery during the drive to the village.

    I went to my hostel (Lobo bar) and checked in. The staff was super friendly and welcoming. When I entered the door one of the guy told the other one "es la chica de noruego". I guess they don't get many of them here, and my pale skin made it quite obvious for them. The hostel is simple, but that is what you should expect here. The whole town is without electricity and running water. They use sole cell panels, and get water from a well. It is around 100 habitants here. A lot of the houses looks empty now that the summer is over.

    The town is super charming and hippie. I loved it from the moment I saw it! The nature is beautiful, with sand dunes and amazing beaches. I went for a walk with a German girl that I met in the hostel. We saw most of the city, the lighthouse where you have Uruguay's second largest sea lion colony, and then went to watch the sunset at the beach while enjoying the "Marley" alfajores. That's a chocolate/dulce de leche thing that I was told is made for people craving sweets when smoking marijuana (which is legal in Uruguay, I stick to the chocolate tho). The sunset was beautiful. A dog came and cuddled up with us at the beach. What an beautiful day!

    After the sunset we went back to the hostel to take a shower, and I was happy I brought a head torch. The hostel has some light, mostly candles but some running on the power from the sol cells. They do also have showers with water from the well / the earth. Very simple, but enough to get away most of the sand.

    I went out in the garden and laid down on a bench to watch the stars. The town is almost completely dark except for the lighthouse, so the sky is super clear. It was the perfect day for star watching. No clouds, amazing view!

    The hostel offered dinner for the guests, fish and potatos. I really like the staff and the vibe here. Such a good atmosphere.

    Today was a perfect day! I will stay here until Friday, but no more because of the bus schedules. I could probably stay here for a week, just soaking up sun and the amazing atmosphere in town. This is the definition for chilled out. All of Uruguay is a super chilled country, but this must be the most chilled out place there is. My tips will definitely be to skip Punta Del Este, that for me was soulless, and go and spend time at one of the beautiful small beach towns a long the coast.
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  • Day92

    Good morning life!

    April 5 in Uruguay

    I woke up at 06.45 and went down to the beach to see the rest of the sunrise. It was mesmerising. After a while I got back to the hostel and got some breakfast, and then started my morning beach trip. I went to the lighthouse to watch the sea lions first. They all looked like they were dancing or something in the first sunlight of the day. I find them so fun to watch!

    I went a long the beach and walked to the sand dunes. I had a nice walk for about 2,5 hours. I love to start my day like this. When I got back I went to the beach to relax. After about 1,5 hour my skin had enough sun, and I got quite red of course. I went back to the hostel and chilled out in the hammock in the shade instead.

    I feel this place is just what I needed right now. I have been having some bad spirit lately and felt very tired. Already in La Paloma I could feel it get better, and this place is definitely like conditioner for my soul. I feel ready to continue my adventure in south America, and I am feeling excited about it.

    Traveling can sometimes be very exhausting. You are moving from place to place, need to constantly find new information about the places and where to stay and how to get there and so on, and you need to meet new people all the time when traveling alone. It is a lot of fun, but still exhausting sometimes. I really needed some time to chill out and do nothing more than walking around at pretty beaches.

    In Cabo Polonio I have not been asking anywhere for WiFi. I know they have it some places, but I just don't want to be connected. I use my phone for writing here, and to listen to music. Except for that I need to be disconnected. One of the things I was going to be better at after this travel is not being so addicted to social medias. I need to think more about this, as I have been so well connected my whole trip. When traveling alone it is very easy to use your phone and social medias as companies - but it is kind of a little bit of cheating. I will try to focus more on this from now, maybe put in some restrictions in how much I can use the WiFi. I will have to put off more time to do some reflecting here, as the time flies by really fast and there is always something new happening. I still have a lot of things to reflect upon when it comes to my life back home, and how I want to spend my time and where when I get back home.

    In the night I had dinner and drinks in the hostel with the other guests. Me and two others went to the beach to watch the sunset again. Later on we went to the beach to watch the moonrise and the stars. It is my first time watching a moonrise. I like the hostel, it is very simple but the staff is so nice and it has a Buena onda. Tomorrow I'll have to take the vehicle out of here at 06 to catch the bus to Punta Del Diablo. That is my last stop in Uruguay, and I will stay there for the weekend at an hostel at the beach.
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  • Day101

    Sad To Leave

    March 8, 2016 in Uruguay

    I wake early in the morning even though I spent two hours shivering with cold when I went to bed (or maybe it was the adrenalin ) so in total have had only 2 hours sleep. I am keen to make the most of this idyllic place . Its strange because I have split thoughts about leaving today. I would love to stay for longer because of what I witnessed earlier this morning but it's like chasing the dragon , some people have been here numerous times and never witnessed what I saw , so there's no guarantee I will see it again, and would it be as good second time around. We make coffee and juice and head down to the beautiful beach to relax for a couple of hours before getting on the bone shaker to catch our bus. The sand is the softest I've seen and I lay down my blanket while Mark goes off looking for crabs. The weather is deceiving as the wind is cool and strong but the sun is scorching. At midday we take the 3 minute walk back to the hostel to eat the pasta left over from last night. We board the 4x4 and enjoy the 20 minutes bumper ride back to the bus pick up point. The ride takes us out of the village and along the north beach which at a guess is about 20km long, over the sand dunes and to the information station where we will be picked up. I bought the tickets for our return journey yesterday as we've been caught out before. The bus arrives on time but we are told that we have to get on the other bus it's no issue as they are both going to the same place. The 4 hour return journey seems endless, but we have a bonus of witnessing the most amazing sunset . We arrive at the bus station at 8 oclock and are in no mood for the 30 min walk to the hotel (only cos it's the same price as a hostel) so we grab a cab and arrive shortly later. We are both starving and desperate for a shower. The shower here is one of the best I've had, hot water and complimentary toiletries, I'd forgotten how the other half holiday. There is a supermarket just down the street so after we pick up a few nibbles we get back to our room eat our picnic and sleep.Read more

  • Day13

    Cabo Polonio: Das kleine Paradies

    November 19, 2017 in Uruguay

    Zu den traumhaftesten Erfahrungen unseres Lebens gehören sicher die drei Tage in Cabo Polonio, einem kleinen Dorf an der Küste Uruguays. Im 100-Seelen-Dorf kann man hervorragend abschalten, denn die Zeit steht hier still. So gibt's es beispielsweise keine Wasser- oder Stromleitungen, die Einwohner helfen sich aber mit Wassertanks, Solarpaneelen und Windstromgeneratoren. Sogar Wi-Fi hatten wir in unserem Hostel zwischen 21 und 22 Uhr – für den modernen Hippie sozusagen. 😊
    Zwei kleine Läden bieten die wichtigsten Produkte zum Leben an. Der Bäcker des Dorfes macht jeden Morgen seine Tour mit frischem Brot, Kuchen und abgespaceten Brownies.

    Neben den Einwohnern und Touris, die alle entsprechend easy drauf waren, ist die Natur atemberaubend. In Gehweite gibt's einen wunderschönen Strand, riesige Sanddünen, einen malerischen Leuchtturm, Felsen mit hunderten Robben und nachts den perfekten Sternenhimmel. Und Wind... Viel Wind...
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  • Day92

    Zelten in den Dünen

    May 1 in Uruguay

    Wer wie wir Uruguay bisher nur aus Funny van Dannens Lied kannte, dem sei gesagt, ein Besuch lohnt sich! Nicht nur, weil es eines der liberalsten Länder Südamerikas ist, sondern auch, weil es touristisch nicht allzu überlaufen ist. Dabei ist das Klima mild, die Menschen entspannt, das Essen und der Wein gut UND fast die gesamte Küste des Landes entlang erstreckt sich Strand. Herrlicher, naturbelassener, zum Teil sehr einsamer Strand. Und wir waren drei Nächte mittendrin in den einsamen Dünen hinter dem verschlafenen Örtchen Cabo Polonio. In der Hauptsaison soll es hier ganz schön überlaufen sein, davon war nichts mehr zu spüren. Wir haben direkt nach Ankunft außerhalb des Ortes in den Dünen unser Zelt aufgeschlagen und drei Tage gefaulenzt, gelesen und Karten gespielt. Der Himmel hat uns mit herrlichen Schauspielen und das Wetter mit großer Milde verwöhnt. Es war traumhaft! Die Ostsee kann einpacken, diese Einsamkeit findet man dort nicht in Zeiten, wo man im T-Shirt am Strand sitzen kann.
    Philipp hat sich zwischendurch den Ort angeschaut während ich meinen Fuß artig geschont habe. Es war eine herrlich erholsame Zeit, bis auf den Sturm, der uns in der letzten Nacht wach hielt. Ohne diesen hätte ich aber wahrscheinlich ewig bleiben wollen, während Philipp sich nach den Bergen sehnte. Also auf Richtung Brasilien.
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  • Day10

    Cabo Polonio

    February 8, 2017 in Uruguay

    Es war vor langer langer Zeit ein saagenumwobener Ort an dem sich Hippies eine Siedlung in einem Nationalpark erbauten - Cabo Polonio. Bis heute gibt es kaum Strom, fließend Wasser und unter vorgehaltener Hand bekommt man neuerdings für kurze Zeit einen Hotspot-Zugang. Der Transfer von der Bushaltestelle zur Siedlung dauerte ca. 15 Minuten, mit ziemlich coolen Lastern, durch Wiesen, "Wüste" und am Strand entlang. Einige der Farhzeuge, alle durch die bankweg Umweltverpesster, seht Ihr auf den Bildern.
    Nach und nach (wir sind Zeitzeugen) erreichen Stromleitungen den kleinen Ort. Aber wie es die Natur des Ortes mit sich bringt, alles in einem sehr gemächlichen Tempo. Musik und entspannte Leute gibt es rund um die Uhr ;)
    Der Platz in unserem Hostelzimmer war rar und das Bad eher unkonventionell (siehe Bild). Vitali hatte etwas Angst sich im Doppel-Stock-Bett nicht drehen zu können. Über 90 % der Lichtquellen waren tatsächlich Kerzen. Zum ersten Mal kam unsere Stirnlampe zum Einsatz. Gruß an Heiner und Heiner ;)
    Zusätzliches Highlight ist eine Seehhund-Kolonie hinter dem Leuchtturm.
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  • Day6

    Cabo Polonio

    February 21 in Uruguay

    Plage
    Phare
    Loups marins

    Pour arrivé à Cabo Polonio, il faut d'abord traverser la réserve naturel dans un "bus". Route de sable, au milieu de la végétation abondante, passage par les plages entourées de cabanons plus ou moins évolués.
    Une fois là-bas, pas d'eau courante ni d'électricité. Enfin, en théorie. En réalité, certaines maisons et auberges de jeunesses sont équipées de petites éoliennes pour l'électricité et pomper de l'eau. Ambiance détendue... Balade sur la plage, à la rencontre des loups marins, arpenter les quelques rues que compte le village pour découvrir des habitations toutes plus extravagantes les unes des autres, foot sur la plage, barbecue, monter en haut du phare pour le couché de soleil... Un petit paradis pour l'esprit.Read more

  • Day15

    Cabo Polonio

    December 15, 2015 in Uruguay

    No power line, no streets. You only get there with a four wheel drive truck. Only solar power and sand paths in this nature reserve. You can watch sunrise and sunset at the same spot!
    We stayed four days instead of two because we liked it so much...

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