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Southern Uruguay

July 4, 2013

Lighthouse stairs

After a few relaxing days in Santa Teresa we continued our journey South knowing that we had to be in Montevideo in a couple of weeks as we had organised shipping for the Beast back to Europe.

Lighthouse at La Paloma

Driving down the coastal road was a joy with a good road surface and almost no traffic. We stopped at a town called La Paloma.

Room with a view in Paloma

The town is really the first proper Uruguayan town that we had come across with a supermarket and thankfully the first ATM that we could get to work.  There’s also a big lighthouse in town which we couldn’t resist climbing with some lovely views along the coast.

Lighthouse View

Just outside town situated on a long deserted beach is a huge campsite which has capacity for well over 1000 people. We stayed here a few nights and had the place to ourselves with a lovely shaded site on grass.

Camping in Paloma

The weather in Uruguay was treating us really well with almost unbroken sunshine, unseasonably warm temperatures all coupled with beautiful long sandy deserted beaches.

Hand in the Sand

Our next stop after La Paloma was to move south to the famous resort of Punta del Este. This is an upscale resort which is frequented by the rich and famous of both Uruguay and Argentina.  However its only busy for a couple of months a year and the rest of year is off season. Walking around town it felt like we’d missed the zombie apocalypse as the streets were completely empty. We decided to move on straight away as it was too built up for our liking.

Punta del Este

Punta del Este is the South most point of the ocean coast but we continued to move towards Montevideo along the coast of the estuary of the Rio de la Plata. We stopped for the night in Piriapolis a coastal resort whose glory days are long behind it.

Piriapolis Beach

The centrepiece of the town is the Hotel Argentino which was a post-war gin palace frequented by the monied from Buenos Aires.  After a night in an empty campground – well empty apart from swarms of very hungry mosquitos we moved on the very beautiful old fortified town of Colonia.

Piriapolis Hotel

5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 4, 2013 12:25 pm

    Mark, sorry to hear that your journey is coming to an end. Have enjoyed your blogs which remind us of the time we spent in South America. There is a big overlander event in the midlands at the end of September. Are you likely to be there with your truck? Mike

    • July 24, 2013 8:07 am


      We are trying to sell our truck now but if we haven’t sold it by then we will definitely make an effort to get up to Stratford.


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    July 7, 2013 1:40 pm

    I just found out about your great trip i hope both of you find the best in this travel its like a dream of all good things about being a human. good luck and God bless you

  3. Anthony permalink
    July 12, 2013 10:22 am

    Hi Mark, I’ve read almost all of your blog with great interest, thanks very much for sharing.

    Just a quick question on the truck. You appear to have extra dead locks on the cab doors, installed on the body side, may I ask what brand/model these are and where you acquired them?


    • July 24, 2013 8:05 am

      Hi Anthony,

      We got this installed by a mobile lock installation company whose name I can’t recall. We are not in the truck at the moment but I’ll check the make when we next can and let you know.


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