In almost all Latin American countries, the week before Easter is Holy Week, which means time off from school. This year, Jess and I headed to Uruguay and the beach! I don't know about Jess, but I have definitely been missing the beach after the easy access we had last year, so it was an easy decision for me to head to Uruguay with some friends, Chris and Trish.
The first place we went to in Uruguay is called Cabo Polonia. This place was both Jess' and my favorite place we went to. Cabo is interesting in a few different ways. One, there really isn't a road to get there. Anyone going there has to take the 20+ minute tractor ride on sand to get there.
Once there, we had to find our "hotel". Cabo isn't a huge beach destination and where we were staying was actually a lady's house who rents out two rooms. The coolest part for me about Cabo was the house that we stayed in.
Cabo doesn't get electricity from the country's powergrid- any electricity that houses have are from solar panels on the roofs of houses. Our posada (rented house) had some, so there was some electricity for a few lights and a radio. There also isn't water piped in, we used rain water collected in blue barrels on the roof to wash dishes and shower.
The entire community was created in a kind of haphazard construction in an environmentally friendly way.
We were also only a two minute walk to the beach, which was almost completely deserted and absolutely beautiful!
The entire atmosphere of the place was just incredible, with ecologically minded people who have created this self-sustainable area. We also walked over to the lighthouse which was very pictoresque and reminded us of classic lighthouses.
During the summer months, the rocks along the coast of Cabo are filled with sea lions and seals. Since it is now fall, the rocks weren't filled, but we did get to see a few sunning themselves.