Cabo Polonio: A Scene from Nature
Daily life tends to become complicated but this travel souvenir from Uruguay succeeds in giving a relaxing image of almost paradise. The lighthouse of Cabo Polonio is located in a national park and it is one of the preferred resting sites of sea wolves. They love lying on its base where the traveler can even photograph these enormous animals. The park includes a seaside resort where families can swim in the sea and the kids build sand castles on the beach. One nice excursion is to visit Rasa, El Islote and Encantada Islands that lay by the shore. The lighthouse was built in the late Nineteenth century and has served to guide navigators for decades.
The Stories Around Cabo Polonio's Name
There are several stories that seek to explain the name of this cape. Some say that it comes from a shipwreck that happened in the first half of the Eighteenth century. The name of the ship was Polonio. However, there is another version that says that the name comes from wreckage; in this case Joseph Polloni commanded the ship. There is a small village by the cape where fishermen, artisans and the people in charge of the lighthouse live. This is a great place to admire the sky at night as the streets don't bear electric lighting. If you are driving from Montevideo, your best way to get here is via route 10. You'll get to the entrance of the village and from there you will need to walk in the dunes to Cabo Polonio. All in all, this is a great travel souvenir to take back home.