Cabo Polonio & Valizas – Uruguay
Visiting Cabo Polonio & Barra de Valizas stands for beautiful sandy beaches, spectacular dunes and breathtaking ocean views. Valizas is a rustic little village, with a wonderful atmosphere. Cabo Polonio is its neighbour located in the cape’s national park with no electricity (only generators) and limited running water; a remote place to escape reality. Valizas has a bus connection; Cabo Polonio however can only be reached walking the 7km of dunes or by 4×4 trucks from the bus terminal just off the main highway.
A magical experience is walking or horseback riding the 8km from Valizas to Cabo Polonio or vice versa with its enormous dunes reaching over 30m high, which are thrilling to sandboard down. On foot a reasonable level of fitness is required and you should try to avoid the hottest time of the day.
Don’t miss taking the boat ride from the main highway (between both villages) to visit the Monte de Ombúes, with its peculiar and huge century-old trees.
For a 360º view of the area, go up the 56m high cerro Buena Vista with fantastic views of the beaches, Cabo Polonio and the Laguna de Castillos. Due to the ocean’s rocky labyrinth in front of Valizas and the cape, several shipwrecks can be admired while scuba diving. The Cabo Polonio’s lighthouse was built in 1881 to avoid further accidents and from the top you can enjoy a wonderful view of the ocean and 3 small rocky islands just in front of the cape, the Islas de Torres, crowded with a colony of sea lions.
The Valizas and Cabo Polonio coastal area is the perfect place to laze on the beach, to be dazzled by the marvelous sunrises and sunsets and to do some top star-gazing. Surf lovers can even have a go on the choppy waves!
CABALGATAS VALICERAS – Horse Back Riding Tours
The full day horseback tour we did with Cabalgatas Valiceras from Valizas to Cabo Polonio was without any exaggeration a mind blowing and unforgettable experience and we’re still bragging about it!
Imagine yourself riding through a UNESCO nature reserve with stunning endless beaches, magic creeks and gigantic dunes. We promise you it will be one of the highlights of your world trip!
As a novice the soft sand makes it safe to try your first gallop, and the pros can fire their horse up to full speed. Mauro, the owner, picks out the perfect horse matching your level. He is so professional and the horses are so well trained, no wonder that many riders also hire him and his team for extra courses to optimize their skills. Trips (half, full & multi day) are organized all year round. In low season, try to contact him in advance.