Punta Ballena, the Scene of a Perfect Sunset
Punta Ballena has long been one of the most popular gathering spots in Uruguay and is home to one of the more whimsical hotels in the region. Visiting here briefly after leaving Punta del Este, it is easy to see why so many Uruguayans have affection for Punta Ballena. This thin strip of land on the Uruguayan coast that juts out into the Rio Plata is a favorite spot for both visitors and locals alike. Depending on timing, you may even see some whales in the distance, though ships hauling soy to China are a far more likely sight. Spending a little time here at sunset, and sitting along with Uruguayans who sipped on their mates as they watched the sky fade into glorious reds, purples and oranges, was a standout memory during my travel to this corner of the world.
Image credits: Leon Kaye