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.

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A great spot along the Rio Plata

 

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Aloe, succulents and native grasses make for sharp shadows against the colorful sunsets

 

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Punta Ballena is a short drive from Punta del Este

 

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Punta Ballena is a great spot for token selfies

 

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Punta Ballena sunset, as posted on Instagram

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.