Discovering Cabo Polonio in Uruguay
Cabo Polonio is one of the many beach destinations that you love, with the characteristic of being a remote place you can only reach by driving 270km from Montevideo. The long distance it takes to get there made us wonder what makes Cabo Polonio special enough to invite tourists from all around the world to go that far to visit northeast Uruguay, and this is what we discovered…
Cabo Polonio National Park
This town used to be a small fishing village, so it doesn’t have a big touristic infrastructure with hotels or restaurants. It could seem that this place doesn’t want us to visit it! However, its austere nature is what has earned it the title of National Park.
Cabo Polonio is the perfect destination to find inner peace. The apparent disadvantages it has by lacking certain services infuse it with magic and charm. That’s why it creates the feeling of finding yourself in a remote and forsaken coast. Its virgin beaches and gigantic sand dunes make it an ideal spot to enjoy solitude, introspection and relaxation.
Things to do in Cabo Polonio
The adventure in Cabo Polonio begins at the park’s entrance. In order to reach the town you’ll have to go over its huge sand dunes. Remember, you can only do so by choosing one of these three options: walking approximately 6km; riding a “camel” –that’s how they call their 4x4 buses. They’re safe and fast, and they give you the chance to enjoy the views of the woods, the sea and the beach–; or riding on horseback from either La Paloma or Aguas Dulces health resorts.
Once in situ DINKtravelers recommends visiting Cabo Polonio’s lighthouse, which was built in 1881. It offers excellent views of the different shades of green that paint the grass, the matte colors of the rocks and the various hues of brown that can be found in the sand dunes. This lighthouse is an important construction in Cabo, so in 1976 it was declared historic monument.
During the 1960s Cabo Polonio became a popular destination among hippies, so it’s probable that you’ll find houses with colorful designs that are painted mainly in green, yellow and orange.
At sunset, Cabo Polonio is a source of inspiration to create photographs from your trip. You’ll see light sparkles reflected on the deep waters of the Atlantic that savagely break against the rocks near the lighthouse. Best of all, you won’t be alone, because sea lions will keep you company while you witness the sky’s transformation into an orange mantle.
Now you know, if you want to travel to be in contact with nature and find your inner self, Cabo Polonio is your best option.