trip days left: 23
straight distance left: 386,3 km
Highlights: I closed the loop with the first huge seal colony!
Lowlights: Sun in my eyes not to enjoy the seals fully
Loc: before Port La Paloma
Dist: 55,4 km
Start: 6:35 End: 17:10
I rounded the beautiful sandy cape, and despite there were two more inviting sheltered bays to land I picked the best one with the best highest dune view. I loved watching the tiny avalanches of sand going down a steep dune side!
Across Cabo Polonia, on Isla Rasa, I was delighted to hear first and see soon my very first huge seal colony after the end of Peru! For me it was like I rounded today the continent, being back to the wildlife I was missing so much. Not sure if I already missed on one of the other rocky islands or headlands some first seal, I have neither heard nor seen some,but there were some names already like “Punta Lobos” or such hinting to their presence. They are so cute to watch and to listen to!It really made me thinking of the beginning of my trip in Argentine, Chile and Peru where I had seen thousands of seals in hundreds of colonies. Not much wildlife besides turtles and fish in the northern area. But it may also be my last colony for this trip. Unfortunately the sun was just behind them in the early morning, and the sea was still quite bumpy. But I spend a few minutes to watch and listen as close as I could get.
Cabo Polonia had a beautiful light house! The following beach was not too friendly with a strange double dumper combination, as much I could see and judge from the water. But I had no need to land there until I came close to the port at La Paloma. I preferred the shallow beach with low rolling surf over going into the port shelter which was not only a deep dead end but also looked too busy to find an inviting camp. Going further into the natural port, also a deep dead end, I felt it was too late for today. The beach is quite empty, and the street far away enough to probably have a quiet night.