It´s been some years since I visited Valizas, in Uruguay, but I still remember how stunning and beautiful it was. This bohemian town is a sand dune paradise and the perfect spot for relaxing.
The local fishermen have learnt how to coexist with the hippies, who found in Valiza a paradise. When the sun sets you will hear the waves on the beach, the owls and the hippie parties. They are the only ones who will sell you some beer, join them and enjoy the cool vibe of this simplistic village.
It is not a lot to do in Valizas besides spending the day on the beach, checking all the local handicraft and enjoying the amazing nature. If you feel like an adventure, prepare yourself for an eight-kilometer walk to Cabo Polonio.
Take its lighthouse as a reference and start the journey through the sand dunes. You will need to cross a canal, depending on the season you will be able to cross it by walk, but it will be months that taking a boat is a requirement.
Don´t forget your sunscreen and water, climbing the dunes can be thirsty but the village panoramic from the top is priceless. Valizas reminds me of a magic and mysterious town, full of legends. The area is well protected, and the sand board is not allowed, be aware of the fauna and the landscape beauty. Valizas will steal your heart!
How to get there:
You can catch several buses from the bus Terminal ¨Tres Cruces¨ in Montevideo. The 5 hours journey is easy and simple. The bus will drop you on the road, walk around 15 minutes to reach the beautiful village of Rocha.