Cabo Polonio is a backpackers heaven. A small town with minimal electricity and no roads that requires a full adventure in jeep to arrive, this tiny Uruguayan town in picture perfect. Houses covered in colorful murals. Horses and chickens strolling through a rocky hillside. An isolated island feel located on the Uruguayan coast. Tourists come to see the beauty in the simple isolation, and once they've found that magical tranquility, it will be hard to leave.
A fifteen minute walk along the Cabo Polonio beach though and you'll be transported into an entirely different isolated world, one filled with high and perfect sand dunes reminiscent of a desert in the far east. Take a walk out to those dunes and for a moment, you'll be transported into a world of sand and sky and the sea in the distance. Go ahead, pretend that you're lost and wandering the desert - the magic of the sand dunes will undoubtedly transform you into feeling like the first explorer in an unknown land.