Stickers on the cars
After seeing so many cars' windows covered with stickers and advertisements, I started asking if people here like decorating their cars. The answer I was told was no, but they were not put on by choice.
When parking in public places, particularly the main shopping streets and beaches, people are employed to walk up and down, placing these advertising stickers on the windows of all cars.
Personally, if it was me, I would be quite angry to come out and have all these plastered my car. The time and effort to clean and remove all the adhesive alone is too much.
If you drive yourself, or if you rent a car, be cautious where you park and look for other cars with similar stickers.
- Road Trip
Completely deserted outside of very specific time
There is an insufficiency of information regarding when to go to Punta. In my research I found that the high season is 'end of December through most of January'. On this forum, when I asked what is better: December 19 or January 16, I was told the latter. I wasn't told that December 19 would be disastrously bad. Unfortunately, being dependent upon when I would be in Buenos Aires, I went in December. I had assumed that it would be close enough to the highest peak season to still be interesting.
However, it is apparently a tradition in Argentina and Brazil never to go there before Christmas at any cost. The place was absolutely deserted. I stayed in La Barra, which I thought was the nightlife center of the area. Nightlife consisted of 4 people sitting in Novecento, and about a dozen people eating elsewhere. The ocean water was so cold it was hard to keep one's feet in for a minute. The wind was so strong it was cold to stand at the beach clothed, even though it was sunny and 24 degrees. Some beaches (Jose Ignacio, Bikini, Montoya) had zero people, but some had a few sitting around.
The mosquito netting hanging near the bed is not just for decoration. There are mosquitos here and they are large and hungry. We found that out the hard way. There was a screen in the door but we noticed the next morning that it had a small hole in it. That is all they needed.
Do not forget you Sun Screen!
Do not forget to wear sunscreen (30+) during the day. The sun is extremely strong and while the ocean breezes will make the daytime temperatures feel very comfortable, you will find yourself with a nasty sunburn at the end of the day.
What? You Have Got To Be Kidding!
Don't know if this is more properly a 'warning' or a 'tourist trap' sort of thing. After being duly impressed with the tall modern buildings, the beautiful houses and the great beaches, I got a more personal look at PDE.
We stopped at a restaurant on the beach for lunch. The prices on the menu were not listed. The food was great, taken on a terrace overlooking the beach and some old ladies in bikinis. The salad was over $10USD! What!?!?
26 pesos for less than 1/2 hour on the internet! Gimme a break.
A shoeshine 'boy' accosts me at a cafe and won't take "NO" for an answer. "What the hell, its only a dollar." After completing the job, the price is now $2! Do I have "Sucker" written on my back or what?
The price of a beer at that same cafe? Almost twice what it was at restaurants in MVD.
Did I mention the gypsy women that were grabbing tourists on the street and demanding money? And they don't take "NO" for an answer. You cannot get rid of them. I have never run into such persistent beggers anywhere.