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Coastal Beaches and Vineyards, Uruguay





Horses



Type of horses:

Criollo and Criollo cross

Nature of horses:

Solid, strong, sure footed with good character - perfect working horses.

Height of horses:

14 - 15 hands

Weight limit:

95 kg / 15 stone

Tack type:

Local saddles are simple wooden structures with sheepskins over the top for comfort. They are perfect for long hours in the saddle. Bridles are simple and often made with rawhide. The horses are used to being neck-reined so you maintain a very light rein contact on their mouth.

 

Weather



 

Ride Description

The resort of Punta del Este lies about halfway along Uruguay's coastline and sits on a narrow peninsula, meaning that the coastline has two regions: Brava (Spanish for Fierce) and Mansa (Spanish for Tame). The Rio de la Plata marks the split between the two, as well as a sculpture called Mano de Punta del Este (the hand) which was designed to warn swimmers about the dangers of rough waves. Beaches on the Mansa side have thick, golden sand, whilst those on the Brava side have fine white sand.

These horseback rides explore the area around Punta del Este - the vibrant and fashionable La Barra, and the tranquil and relaxed Jose Ignacio. The beaches themselves invite you to canter, whilst tranquil lagoons offer opportunities to swim the horses and cool off hot riders. Inland there are vineyards aplenty and you can ride through the vines and olive groves. Large, private estancias have trails running across them which means you can ride for miles without hardly seeing a soul.

We have three itineraries to offer you: two are a week long and perfect for those who want to truly discover this beautiful area whilst one is a short break. Of the two longer rides, you can choose to stay in luxurious four and five star hotels or to stay in rural, comfortable B&B's - the choice is yours. All itineraries can be scheduled at any time of year (except winter) and can be tailored to suit you, with groups of between 2 and 8 riders.

Due to the private nature of these rides, all abilities can be accommodated and so they are ideal for families or groups of friends where some riders are less experienced than others. The wonderful Criollo horses are selected to each rider according to their experience and so competent riders can still canter along the beach whilst beginners enjoy the spectacular views at a more sedate pace.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

You will stay in a mixture of Estancia, local guesthouses and B&B's depending on which ride you have chosen. Please see individual itineraries for more details on these. All rooms have private bathrooms.

Meals reflect the local cuisine and include lots of fresh, local produce. As you are riding across Estancia famed for their beef production, red meat does feature highly in the diet, but fish is also popular. Vegetarians can be catered for with advance notice.

Breakfasts and lunches are always included, but some dinners are not included - this is so that you can choose from the many high quality restaurants in the area. See the individual itineraries for details of which nights have dinner included.

Mineral water is provided throughout but other soft drinks and alcoholic drinks can be purchased locally from the bars and restaurants that you visit.

 

Activities

There are plenty of other activities on offer in the local area, some of which will incur additional costs, such as surfing, biking or canoeing. There are also many opportunities to go hiking and bird watching if you wish, as well as local sight-seeing, particular on the nights when you stay in Jose Ignacio.

 

Further Details

Languages: English, Spanish

Health requirements: There are no specific health requirements but you should be fit and generally healthy.

Age limit: Children are only accepted as part of a private group and would have to be confident riding a horse of c. 14hh.

Tuition: No

Included: Accommodation as described in itinerary; riding; breakfasts and lunches; some dinners; mineral water; transfers from Punta del Este airport or bus station

Not included: Dinners on some nights; transfers from Montevideo airport; soft drinks and alcoholic drinks; personal expenses; tips; flights

 

Travel Information

There are currently no direct flights to either Punta del Este or Montevideo from the UK.

One-stop flights are possible with LATAM via Brazil, Iberia via Madrid or British Airways via Buenos Aires.

Two-stop options are possible with Air France via Paris and Buenos Aires or Santiago; LAN and Iberia via Madrid and Santiago; KLM via Amsterdam and Buenos Aires.

If you want to visit Argentina as well as Uruguay then you can also take a ferry across the estuary from Buenos Aires to Montevideo if you prefer not to fly.

Transfers from Punta del Este airport or bus station are included.

Transfers from Montevideo airport are possible for an additional cost of USD 80 per person each way (min 2 passengers).

Airport: Punta del Este

Alternative Airport: Montevideo

 

Programmes


Luxury Ride from La Barra to Garzon



Explore the vineyards and wineries of eastern Uruguay whilst riding from La Barra to the sleepy town of Garzon, including a ride along the beach and splash through the lagoon. Spend your nights in luxurious hotels and choose from a selection of fine restaurants for your evening dinners.

Day One:

On arrival you will be transferred to Aguaverde Vineyards where you start your horseback adventure. Ride through the vineyards and follow trails towards Finca Narona where you stop for lunch overlooking the vines of this vintage winery. Ride back to Aguaverde Wine Lodge for a typical Uruguayan Mate Tasting.

Dinner and overnight at Fasano Locanda Hotel.

Day Two:

After breakfast you are transferred to your horses and ride to the Atchugarry Foundation, which was founded by a renowned local artist - Pablo Atchugarry. Ride along private trails, bordering local estancias and stud farms until reaching the Sculpture Park and exhibition centre. Stop for a picnic lunch. Continue riding onto Chacra La Magdalena - a cosy local farm which is pleasantly situated within the countryside. Here you enjoy a typical asado (BBQ) hosted by your local gauchos.

Return to Fasano Locanda Hotel to overnight.

Day Three:

Today you ride along the Camino Medellin and onto the isolated beach of La Boyita. Here you can experience the freedom of cantering along the coast before arriving at the Jose Ignacio Lagoon where you stop for a picnic lunch. In the afternoon you continue riding to the town of Jose Ignacio. Dinner is not included so that you can sample some of the local restaurants - we can recommend La Huella which is a famous beach restaurant.

Overnight at either Playa VIK or Bahia.

Day Four:

After an early breakfast, set off riding along the beach towards La Lengueta, where the Garzon Lagoon reaches the ocean. Adventurous riders may wish to swim their horse in the lagoon before continuing to ride along the private trails of local estancias. Lunch is taken in the protected area of El Caracol before riding back to the horse barns.

A second night at either Playa VIK or Bahia and another chance to sample a local restaurant (dinner at own expense).

Day Five:

After re-joining the horses you ride along trails on private estancias which take you deep into the Uruguayan countryside. Stop for a typical asado lunch prepared by your gauchos and continue riding to Estancia Vik. Here you spend the night and can choose your own dinner from the restaurant menu (dinner to own account).

Day Six:

Ride towards the small and sleepy town of Garzon. There are many stories surrounding this town: initially settled around 1890 near to a stream where local travellers stopped en-route to Rocha, the town enjoyed four train services (two in each direction, towards Rocha and towards Montevideo) as well as a bus service to San Carlos plus various carriages. Unfortunately this vibrant town suffered during the economic crisis, the trains stopped arriving, the mill closed and many inhabitants moved to San Carlos or Rocha. Now only c. 200 people reside here, most employed in rural activities. A renowned Argentine chef, Francis Mallmann, together with an Argentine wine-maker, Manuel Mas, founded the Garzon restaurant and hotel which brought old-time charm and spirit back to the town.

Stop for a picnic lunch en-route to the town and visit the lovely old train station before transferring by road back to Estancia VIK for dinner and to overnight (dinner to own account).

Day Seven:

Today you are transferred by vehicle to Bodega Garzon where you visit the winery and taste the wines. You then ride across the hills of Garzon on private trails until reaching Garzon town, passing through olive plantations and vineyards which have earned the area the nickname "Tuscany of Uruguay". Lunch is taken in Garzon at the renoved El Garzon restaurant owned by Francis Mallmann.

You are then transferred back to Estancia VIK for a private dinner in the estancia's cellar (included) and to overnight.

Day Eight:

After breakfast you are transferred back to Montevideo or Punta del Este, whichever you prefer.



Accommodation: You stay in high quality hotels and estancias which are considered to be five star locally.

Two nights are spent at the Fasano Locanda Hotel in Punta del Este.

Two nights are spent at the Playa VIK or Bahia which are near the coast in Jose Ignacio.

Three nights are spent at the Estancia VIK, which is in the countryside of Jose Ignacio.
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description:
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: 8 days / 7 nights / 5.5 days riding
Departure dates: 2017/18:
Dates can be scheduled to suit from Spring - Autumn (Sept-May)
 
Pricing: 2017/18

£4020 per person sharing

£886 single supplement

Riders weighing more than 95kg will be charged £194 for an additional horse.

Includes: accommodation, riding, all breakfasts and lunches, some dinners, mineral water.

Excludes: dinner on four nights, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks, personal expenses, tips.



Eastern Coast and Vineyards



Explore the vineyards and wineries of eastern Uruguay including a ride along the beach and splash through the lagoon. This itinerary follows the same route as the Luxury La Barra to Garzon trail, but instead of staying in five star hotels, you stay in local guesthouses and B&B's.

Day One:

On arrival you will be transferred to Aguaverde Vineyards where you start your horseback adventure. Ride through the vineyards and follow trails towards Finca Narona where you stop for lunch overlooking the vines of this vintage winery. Ride back to Aguaverde Wine Lodge for a typical Uruguayan Mate Tasting.

Dinner and overnight at La Rosita, a typical B&B.

Day Two:

After breakfast you are transferred to your horses and ride to the Atchugarry Foundation, which was founded by a renowned local artist - Pablo Atchugarry. Ride along private trails, bordering local estancias and stud farms until reaching the Sculpture Park and exhibition centre. Stop for a picnic lunch. Continue riding onto Chacra La Magdalena - a cosy local farm which is pleasantly situated within the countryside. Here you enjoy a typical asado (BBQ) hosted by your local gauchos.

Overnight at Chacra La Magdalena.

Day Three:

Today you ride along the Camino Medellin and onto the isolated beach of La Boyita. Here you can experience the freedom of cantering along the coast before arriving at the Jose Ignacio Lagoon where you stop for a picnic lunch. In the afternoon you continue riding to the town of Jose Ignacio. Dinner is not included so that you can sample some of the local restaurants - we can recommend La Huella which is a famous beach restaurant.

Overnight at Posada La Viuda de Jose Ignacio.

Day Four:

After an early breakfast, set off riding along the beach towards La Lengueta, where the Garzon Lagoon reaches the ocean. Adventurous riders may wish to swim their horse in the lagoon before continuing to ride along the private trails of local estancias. Lunch is taken in the protected area of El Caracol before riding back to the horse barns.

A second night at Posada La Viuda de Jose Ignacio and another chance to sample a local restaurant (dinner at own expense).

Day Five:

After re-joining the horses you ride along trails on private estancias which take you deep into the Uruguayan countryside. Stop for a typical asado lunch prepared by your gauchos and continue riding to the Anastasio Lagoon.

Return for a third night to Posada La Viuda de Jose Ignacio. (Dinner to own account).

Day Six:

Ride towards the small and sleepy town of Garzon. There are many stories surrounding this town: initially settled around 1890 near to a stream where local travellers stopped en-route to Rocha, the town enjoyed four train services (two in each direction, towards Rocha and towards Montevideo) as well as a bus service to San Carlos plus various carriages. Unfortunately this vibrant town suffered during the economic crisis, the trains stopped arriving, the mill closed and many inhabitants moved to San Carlos or Rocha. Now only c. 200 people reside here, most employed in rural activities. A renowned Argentine chef, Francis Mallmann, together with an Argentine wine-maker, Manuel Mas, founded the Garzon restaurant and hotel which brought old-time charm and spirit back to the town.

Stop for a picnic lunch en-route to the town and visit the lovely old train station before transferring by road to your hotel.

Dinner and overnight at Posada Mosaico.

Day Seven:

Today you are transferred by vehicle to Bodega Garzon where you visit the winery and taste the wines. You then ride across the hills of Garzon on private trails until reaching Garzon town, passing through olive plantations and vineyards which have earned the area the nickname "Tuscany of Uruguay". A picnic lunch is taken at Garzon station before being transferred back to Posada Mosaico for a private dinner and to overnight.

Day Eight:

After breakfast you are transferred back to Montevideo or Punta del Este, whichever you prefer.



Accommodation: You stay in local guesthouses and B&B's which are clean and comfortable.

Night 1: La Rosita, Punte del Este
Night 2: Chacra La Magdalena
Nights 3, 4 and 5: Posada La Viuda de Jose Ignacio
Nights 6 and 7: Posada Mosaico
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: All abilities can be accommodated but there is no instruction so some basic knowledge would be beneficial. Those with more experience will get the chance for faster riding.
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: 8 days / 7 nights / 5.5 days riding
Departure dates: 2017/18

Dates can be scheduled to suit during Spring - Autumn (Sept - May)
 
Pricing: 2017/18:

£2482 per person sharing

£524 single supplement

Riders weighing more than 95kgs pay £194 for an additional horse.

Includes: accommodation, all breakfasts and lunches, some dinners, mineral water, riding

Excludes: dinners on three nights, soft and alcoholic drinks, personal expenses and tips.



Jose Ignacio on horseback



Day One:

On arrival you will be transferred to Aguaverde Vineyards where you start your horseback adventure. Ride through the vineyards and follow trails towards Finca Narona where you stop for lunch overlooking the vines of this vintage winery. Ride back to Aguaverde Wine Lodge for a typical Uruguayan Mate Tasting.

Dinner and overnight at La Rosita, a typical B&B.

Day Two:

After breakfast you are transferred to your horses and ride to the Atchugarry Foundation, which was founded by a renowned local artist - Pablo Atchugarry. Ride along private trails, bordering local estancias and stud farms until reaching the Sculpture Park and exhibition centre. Stop for a picnic lunch. Continue riding onto Chacra La Magdalena - a cosy local farm which is pleasantly situated within the countryside. Here you enjoy a typical asado (BBQ) hosted by your local gauchos.

Overnight at Chacra La Magdalena.

Day Three:

Today you ride along the Camino Medellin and onto the isolated beach of La Boyita. Here you can experience the freedom of cantering along the coast before arriving at the Jose Ignacio Lagoon where you stop for a picnic lunch. In the afternoon you continue riding to the town of Jose Ignacio. Dinner is not included so that you can sample some of the local restaurants - we can recommend La Huella which is a famous beach restaurant.

Overnight at Posada La Viuda de Jose Ignacio.

Day Four:

After an early breakfast, set off riding along the beach towards La Lengueta, where the Garzon Lagoon reaches the ocean. Adventurous riders may wish to swim their horse in the lagoon before continuing to ride along the private trails of local estancias. Lunch is taken in the protected area of El Caracol before riding back to the horse barns.

A second night at Posada La Viuda de Jose Ignacio and another chance to sample a local restaurant (dinner at own expense).

Day Five:

After breakfast you are transferred to the airport for your flight home or onward travel.



Accommodation: You stay in local guesthouses and B&B's which are clean and comfortable.

Night 1: La Rosita, Punte del Este
Night 2: Chacra La Magdalena
Nights 3 and 4: Posada La Viuda de Jose Ignacio
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: All abilities can be accommodated. As there is no instruction, some basic knowledge would be beneficial. Riders with prior experience will be offered faster riding.
Type of ride: Mini trail
Total riding time: 5 days / 4 nights / 4 riding days
Departure dates: 2017/18:

Dates can be scheduled to suit from Spring to Autumn (Sept-May).
 
Pricing: 2017/18

£1317 per person sharing

£294 single supplement

Riders over 95kg pay £78 for an additional horse.

Includes: Accommodation, breakfasts and lunches, some dinners, riding

Excludes: dinners on two nights, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks, personal expenses, tips