Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 19 Oct, 2006
When my Canadian friend Yanick Martin came to visit me at Mar del Plata, we decided to take the bus to the crossroads and walk through the woods down to the beach. It is a two-mile walk but really enjoyable. In the first part you…Read More
When my Canadian friend Yanick Martin came to visit me at Mar del Plata, we decided to take the bus to the crossroads and walk through the woods down to the beach. It is a two-mile walk but really enjoyable. In the first part you walk through the pine tree reserve, that is the part that has not been developed yet. You hear the birds singing in the trees and nothing else. After having walked about half a mile you start seeing luxury residences with beautiful gardens, carefully taken care of. Being a real residential area and trying to preserve the natural look of nature, the construction of fences is prohibited. You know how far your land goes, but cannot construct a dividing wall, nor even a fence. That gives a complete amplitude to the scenery and avoids visual contamination.
For the same reason, all electrical installations are underground and there is no public lighting on the corners. That could become a problem in the future when population increases, but so far it is a safe place. The streets are not straight, they have some winds, so to avoid people getting lost in one direction they have the names of birds and the transversal streets have the names of trees. Of course, you would have to know Spanish to detect the difference...
Although Carilo has only one thousand inhabitants, it has two beautiful golf courses with their club houses, and around them there are beautiful residences. The downtown commercial center has two blocks, and there there are some tea-rooms (rather expensive for my taste) with delicious cakes. A cup of coffee with nothing else costs some two dollars, more than double the price of Mar del Plata. After you have passed the commercial center, you still have to walk about half a mile to get to the beach. The woods are beautiful, there are lovely houses, and finally when you get near to the sea you have to cross the sand dunes. There is no coastal avenue, in order to assure the replenishment of sand on the beaches. The beach is very, very quiet. You will find far more people at the commercial center than on the beach. The forest is so beautiful that people spend a good part of their time walking in the woods or even playing golf.
All hotels are four and five star hotels; most of them also have indoor swimming pools, and some have tennis courts. There are luxurious homes for rent at extremely high prices, with similar values to those of Punta del Este (Uruguay). There are no budget hotels in Carilo, but you will find a good number of apart-hotels, that are really apartment complexes with swimming pools and many other facilities. During the low season, up to mid-December, you may find some special deals at some of these, but you will find very few people in the village. If you need further information click on this link: www.carilo.com.ar
Sorry, it does not have an English version, but at least you can browse through the different sections and see the photos. How to get there: There are no direct buses from Buenos Aires. You have to change buses at Pinamar or Villa Gessel and take the local bus from there. At Villa Gessel the local bus departs from the bus station where the Buenos Aires buses arrive. In Pinamar you have to board it on the street. It is better to change buses at Villa Gesell, because the bus starts there and you will be able to get a seat. You just walk over to the opposite platform and take the Montemar bus. Buses leave once an hour during the Summer season, every two hours in the low season, and the trip takes half an hour.
Hotels are not so expensive in Gesell so you might prefer to stay there and spend the morning or afternoon at Carilo. Villa Gesell is also beautiful, and if you arrive before December 15, you may find budget rates. Prices increase very much at Gesell during the Summer season. If you want to get away from everything, Carilo is the right place where to go. Below are some photos I took that day. I am sure you will enjoy them.