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Unforgettable Uruguay Ride


Itinerary for Unforgettable Uruguay Ride



Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Montevideo – Tour of the capital city & Port Market
Today is set aside to relax and explore the coastal city of Montevideo. Transfer along the wonderful coastline called “Rambla” to the downtown hotel. Enjoy lunch at the lively Port Market and a short walking tour of the “Old City” of Montevideo.  Accommodation at Don Boutique Hotel. L.

Day 2: Ride to the Atchugarry Foundation
After breakfast, we will drive to our horses and ride to the Atchugarry Foundation founded by Pablo Atchugarry, renowned Uruguayan artist. We will ride along private trails, bordering local estancias and studs until we get to the “Sculpture Park” and exhibition Centre. Enjoy a picnic lunch and then continue riding onto the vineyards of Aguaverde. Late afternoon ride to Chacra La Magdalena. Dinner and Accommodation. B, L, D  

Day 3: Riding trek to Jose Ignacio
After breakfast, ride along the beach towards the isolated beach of “La Boyita”. Experience the freedom of cantering along the coast before arriving to the town on Jose Ignacio. Enjoy lunch in the town and continue riding along the beach to La Viuda de Jose Ignacio. Accommodation. B, L.

Day 4: Swimming with horses
After an early breakfast, drive to the area of Laguna Garzon where we will ride along the Garzon Lagoon and into the Protected area of “El Caracol” where we will enjoy a typical asado in the middle of the forest! We will then ride towards “La Lengueta”, where the Garzon Lagoon reaches the ocean! For the adventurous ones, we offer the possibility to swim with the horses at the lagoon before continuing to Posada La Viuda de Jose Ignacio. Accommodation at Posada La Viuda de Jose Ignacio. We will enjoy dinner at the town of Jose Ignacio. B, L, D.

Day 5: Barra de Chuy beach – Brazilian border & a ride along a pristine beach
After breakfast, we will be drive to ‘Chuy’, a very curious town straddling the border where guests can step into Brazil and hear the locals speak a strange language made of a mix of Spanish and Portuguese.  Continue onto our horses to start a nice 3-4 hours ride towards the coast! After a picnic lunch, riders may have a pleasant “siesta” discovering that gauchos’ saddles are so comfortable to ride as to sleep! In the afternoon, we will enjoy a fast-pace ride along the wonderful, isolated ocean beach of ‘Barra Chuy’. Visitors seldom reach this beach so we can enjoy a long, exhilarating canter with no signs of habitation as we ride across the pure white sands alongside the Atlantic Ocean. We arrive 22km (12 miles) further south to "La Coronilla" and stay at small beachside hotel. AB, L, D.

Day 6: Santa Teresa national park, dolphins & shipwrecks
Today we will ride south alternating beaches, sand dunes, pine forests and coastal hills where we might see dolphins feeding before getting to the immense Santa Teresa National Park. The center piece of the park is a fort started in 1762 by the Portuguese to defend the edge of their territories then completed by the Spaniards who took it by assault just a year later. This was just the start of a succession of conquering, losing and reconquering the fort; it was not until 1825 that the newly forming ‘Uruguay’ finally captured and held the fort.  The fort is surrounded by 3000 hectares of forest containing over 2 million trees, most from other parts of the world. After a picnic lunch we will enjoy riding along the forest trails and down to the beach and we will pass a shipwreck buried in the sand, one of many along this treacherous coast; indeed, Cabo Polonio (where we ride later) is named after a Spanish galleon that went down just off the point. Luckily ‘Beagle’ with Charles Darwin aboard did not succumb to this fate and Darwin spent quite some time in Uruguay collecting species and most likely starting to formulate his theories of evolution. After a traditional picnic close to the fortress or on the beach, depending on the weather, we will continue along the coast towards the lovely town of Punta del Diablo. Dinner and accommodation at Posada Terrazas de la Viuda. AB, L, D.

Day 7:  Cabo Polonio – shifting sands & sea lions
The day starts with a drive to the ocean coast where we will ride into the desert! This area has been declared a natural animal reserve and a Biosphere Natural Reserve by UNESCO. We will ride to Cabo Polonio, a charming fishing village which can only be reached by horse or SUV trucks. The fascinating part of the area is the huge area of shifting sand dunes, as we ride through it is possible to imagine that we are right in the middle of the Sahara. Lunch at La Perla Seaside restaurant and visit to the light house, the seals and sea lions that populate the small islands and make up one of the largest populations of seals in the world; very occasionally we spot a migrating whale. Riders can swim in one of the most beautiful beaches of the country. We will then begin our ride towards the small town of Valizas where we will enjoy dinner and spend the overnight at Posada Valizas. AB, L, D.

Day 8: Wetlands, Lagoon & Ombu Forest
After breakfast, we ride along the beach of Valizas and to the hidden Brioso Lagoon to continue onto the wetlands of Rocha across an amazing untouched landscape of Palm groves. We will enjoy a picnic lunch on the way before reaching the Castillos Lagoon and then continue onto the Ombu Forest and charming Estancia Guardia del Monte, a traditional working estancia. Accommodation and dinner at Guardia del Monte. B, L, D.

Day 9: The incredible wetlands of the Castillos Lagoon
The day starts with a lovely breakfast of homemade bread, jams and cakes, admiring the views of the countryside. We will start our ride towards the neighbour estancia Barra Grande. We will cross wetlands and a magic forest of Ceibos, Coronillas and native trees. We will enjoy lunch a tyipical ¨Uruguayan asado¨ before riding back to Guardia del Monte. Afternoon ride along the estancia´s fields. We will have the chance to work alongside the gauchos and their trusty dogs as they tend to the cattle and sheep on this working ranch. The work varies depending on the time of the year, but the gauchos always welcome a bit of help checking and moving the stock or putting animals in the corrals. Sometimes a lame animal has to be caught and tended to. The wonderful, friendly gauchos with their berets and their knives tucked into their colorful belts all seem to have been born on a horse and it is a delight to be riding with them. Aftrenoon transfer to the Province of Lavalleja where we will enjoy dinner and accommodation at Posada Balcon del Abra.  B, L, D.

Day 10: Balcon del Abra
After breakfast, we will meet our new horses and ride towards a nearby estancia where we will see local cattle and a stud. The landscape is very beautiful and we will go through one way and return through another one. We will enjoy lunch at Balcon del Abra. During the afternoon, we will ride to the “Mar de Piedra” where they will enjoy a long lovely ride along the hills. Dinner and accommodation at Balcon del Abra. B, L, D.

Day 11: Riding to local private cemetery  
The day starts with an early ride towards a local neighbor estancia where we will pass by an abandoned private cemetery and return along a different trail back to Balcon del Abra. Lunch and afternoon ride along the countryside enjoying the landscape of the hills. Dinner and accommodation at Balcon del Abra. B, L, D.

Day 12: Return
Transfer back to Montevideo airport.


Non-riders are more than welcome to attend! Non-riding activities: Sight-seeing; hiking; fishing; surfing; biking; trekking; canoeing; bird watching.

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Unforgettable Uruguay Ride
Tour Code: IT-URRT04
12 days / 11 nights ~$5,365.00
Dates : March, November

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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A 2019 11/16 - 11/27 12d / 11n 12 day trip, AP 4 /8 Reserve
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Tack: South American saddles w/ sheepskin (s...
Horses: Uruguayan Criollo and crosses of Urugu...
Pace: Lots of trots, canters and gallops (4 ...
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop,
Airport: Carrasco/General Cesáreo L. Berisso International Airport (MVD)
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