For a relatively small country, Uruguay offers some of South America’s most diverse and picturesque riding holidays where you can combine your love for riding with the chance to spot local wildlife, relax on (and gallop along!) gorgeous deserted beaches and experience the traditional rural ranch life that makes Uruguay so special – a country made for riding!
A riding holiday along Uruguay’s beautiful Emerald Coast is perfect for experienced riders. The scenery varies every day as does the pace with plenty of opportunity to gallop along gorgeous beaches and over grassy plains. Spend a week riding through sand dunes, through cool pine forests and alongside freshwater lagoons that are havens for a variety of birdlife from hummingbirds, rheas, flamingos and kingfishers to name but a few. Ride along the coast, stopping in idyllic settings for a gourmet lunch followed by a refreshing dip in the ocean. Look out for dolphins, whales, turtles and sealions as you explore along the quieter northern stretches of Uruguay’s coastline.
Like its neighbour Argentina, Uruguay has a very traditional way of life on its working ranches, linked to the fierce national pride in the gaucho culture, as seen at various gaucho festivals around the country, notably at La Patria Gaucha Festival held in Tacuarembo in March. Experience for yourself these old traditions as you meet your local hosts and enjoy sumptuous dinners paired with surprising local wines. Arrive each evening either at a delightful little beachside hotel or at a working estancia, where you can head out with the gauchos to do cattle work if you still have the energy! Then after your week’s riding, take some time out to relax at hip little beach towns north of the busier resort of Punta del Este or discover some of the interesting wine varieties being produced at wineries here.
Less visited than its neighbours to north and south, Uruguay makes for a very special and memorable holiday and taking to horseback allows you to explore some of its truly charming hidden gems and corners.
‘Greetings. this has turned out to be a paradise in so many ways....so a big thank you from us.
Wonderful support from your company over here....we were met at the airport (with flowers!!!!!) and introduced to our personal guide who is fabulous. Can't get over the attention to detail ....cool flannels, chilled water, fresh juice on arrival, bag full of thoughtful goodies for our trip, wonderful rooms with bathrooms bigger than our bedroom at home(!) and we were upgraded to a suite and as I write we are listening to tropical birdsong as we look out over the lagoon from our balcony. Wow!!!!!
I could go on but I'll spare you.
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Judy and Mike’
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