Cabo Polonio trail ride
A whole day in Cabo Polonio. Beaches, sand dunes, woods and stream.
Barra de Valizas (Km. 271 of Route 10)
Part one: getting to know the horse
The meeting point is next to the mouth of Valizas stream, from where we set off early in the morning.
The adventure starts; we cross the stream in the typical barger from Valizas… and the horses swim across!
Once in the protected area of Cabo Polonio (National System of Protected Areas), declared a biosphere reserve by Unesco, we go up the stream in our horses, along the edge of the coast, until we reach the woods.
While we go through the woods, we can distinguish a variety of flora and fauna, characterized by birds of different species and, if we are lucky, capybaras, hares and deers, among many other animals.We go down the coast of the heavenly Playa Sur (south beach), where we can gallop towards Cabo Polonio, accompanied by the waves breaking a few meters away.
A stop in Cabo Polonio
Cabo Polonio is a little fishing village without electricity, where the stars shine in a unique way, caressed by the beam of the lighthouse and rocked by the melody of howling seals. With peculiar architecture and hippie touches, Cabo Polonio is definitely an excellent place to visit!
We go round the village on foot; we visit its beaches and its special center. We go up the lighthouse, from where you can enjoy the lovely view and listen to the howls of the seals, which are part of the biggest colony in South America. Depending on the time of the year, we can also watch whales very near the shore.
After a delicious lunch (optional) facing the ocean, we have time to enjoy the beautiful ocean beaches on both sides of the cape, especially the most famous: Playa Sur, one of the most beautiful in the country.
The way back
In the afternoon, galloping through Playa de las Calaveras, we cover paths which were used by natives, colonizers and pirates, with the Buena Vista hill at the back of our landscape. Deserted wild beaches reveal the secrets of the true “Punta del Diablo” and its mysterious shipwrecks.
We climb up the Buena Vista Hill and stop to watch: sand dunes, ocean, sky, rocks and distant fishing villages.We continue with our horses, getting deeper into the sand dunes and the ocean, to finally arrive in Barra de Valizas.