Pueblo Éden Adventure

Uruguay Uruguay: (IT-URG01)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/Uruguay_Pueblo_Eden_Adventure.aspx

Introduction
Uruguay Uruguay
Hidden in southern Uruguay surrounded by hills and amazing landscape, the Pueblo Éden Adventure offers an exciting combination of horses, fine wines and food, and adventure! Each day brings new and exciting experiences.

You'll have the opportunity to glide along the countryside on beautifully bred purebred Arabian horses. They are raised and trained with care and special attention. Set for intermediate and advanced riders, this trip takes you at all paces, allowing you to really feel the wind blow past. On our beach extension, you'll finally get to cross beach riding off your bucket list. Groups are kept small so more freedom and attention can be given to each rider- it really is a personalized experience.

All nights are spent in beautifully built and unique accommodations. Meals emphasize local and organic quality foods that you'll want to savor. This area in Uruguay is quite known for it's wines. By the end of the trip you'll feel like a true connoisseur after visiting wineries and enjoying wine for dinners. Wines will also be paired with olive oils and cheese to really get your palette dancing. Dinners incorporate both International and Uruguayan dishes, sure to please every eater!

Accomodation

Accommodations
8day/7night itinerary: This is a progressive ride, so you will be staying in different locations during the trip. You will be staying in 3 different locations total.
7day/6night itinerary: This is a progressive ride, so you will be staying in different locations during the trip. You will be staying in 2 different locations total.

Description
There are no laundry facilities offered for horse riding guests.

8day/7night Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1: Pueblo Mio
Night 2, 3, 4, 6, & 7: Ranch
Night 5: Villa Eden

7day/6night Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6: Ranch
Night 4: Villa Eden

Pueblo Mio
Located on 160 hectares of stunning land and lagoons and only 4 minutes from exclusive beaches, these accommodations are sure to impress! The cabins we stay in are situated right on the water. We will also have access to the pool and Jacuzzi.
-Private bath

Lodge at the Ranch
The Ranch is a 30 acre horse farm property. The main residence has a large communal dining / living room and wide veranda, which overlook the horses grazing in the field, the pool, and garden with native plants and trees. The Lodge has 4 separate studio-style Cabins for single / double / twin occupancy and 1 room inside main house with 4 beds. 
-Private bath with shower and toilet
-Hairdryers
-Air conditioning and heating
-Minibar
-WIFI

Villa Eden
Has 5 spacious double bedrooms with bathroom. Bed linen, towels, pool towels (in summer), hand and shower wash are provided in the rooms. 
-Private bath
-Hairdryers

Room Occupancy
All single riders must pay the mandatory single supplement fee.
  



Meals

All meals are included in this trip as well as a complimentary bottle of Uruguayan red tannat wine per person per day at dinnertime.

We put a strong emphasis is on fresh home-cooked meals and light salad lunches.

Breakfast is buffet-style with toast, condiments, cereals, yogurt, fruit.
Lunch during our rides is often a light picnic.
Dinners incorporate International and Uruguayan specialties such as beef, pasta, chicken, roast dinner, and barbecue. 

Wine is paired with dinner to enhance your dining experience.
Soft drinks (coke and diet coke), water, tea and coffee are freely available on a self-serve basis. Beer and spirits are not included.


Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to vegetarian diets with prior notice.

This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Riding Experience
This trip has been designed for good intermediate to advanced riders only. We ask all riders to have a firm and balanced seat, had formal riding lessons to master the basic horse riding aids and skills, be confident and capable to control a fit and forward going horse at all paces (including long stretches of posting trot and gallops) in open, varied, sometimes challenging country and to be able to mount and dismount unassisted. For safety reasons we reserve the right to prevent a client from riding if we feel they do not fulfill any of the above competence levels.
Guests can offer to help with the horses and get their horse ready in the morning, saddle / unsaddle and wash & clean up the horse and tack, if they want (always supervised), but this is by no means compulsory or expected.

Pace
Except for the first riding day (2-3 hours), all day rides are 3 to 5 hours long. This is broken up by lunch (minimum 1 hour) and sometimes an extra refreshment stop. Horses are unsaddled for lunch. After each stop, riders lead the horses for a few minutes to loosen the horses' (and the riders') muscles before mounting. Ride pace is varied and moderate and allows fast canters and galloping.
On the hottest summer days, we start the rides very early in the morning and return early afternoon to spend the afternoons relaxing near the swimming pool. Ride pace is adjusted to weather and terrain conditions (slower pace in hot, humid and / or wet weather, slippery trails).

Horses
We have 9 thoroughbred Arabians. Their ages vary between 6 and 18 years old. They live outside in the herd year-round and are occasionally stabled in bad weather. The horses are schooled and well trained for long distance trail riding. They are forward going, spirited, responsive and in excellent condition. Some of the horses are suitable for intermediate riders and some are only for advanced riders. Every effort is made to match horse and rider.

Tack
Tack is of a very high standard and kept in good condition. All our saddles are American Western leather style. Small saddlebag to carry water bottle (supplied), personal items for the day, lunch on some days.

Weight Limit
Maximum weight is 85 kilos. Advanced riders up to 90 kilos will be considered depending on their height.
For the horses sake, it is important that you give us your accurate weight (even if you are not close to the weight limit) because of the size and light frame of our Arabian horses, the pace of our rides, the hot weather in summer and the partly steep terrain. We plan our groups carefully according to the rider abilities and weight so that is it suitable for the horses and more enjoyable for you!

Safety
Rides go into remote and isolated areas, with limited mobile phone reception and assistance from third parties not immediately available. The guide carries a special mobile phone for regional areas.
Riding helmets must be worn at all time while riding.
In case of severe weather warnings (severe rain or storms) and local bush fire danger we may be unable to go out riding due to safety concerns. We will try to arrange an alternative program for you whenever possible (Wine Tasting Tour, Jose Ignacio tour).

Insurance
International guests must have adequate medical and travel insurance.

Non-riders
Non-riders are accepted but it is recommended that they have a rental car to explore the area. They can sometimes travel with the support vehicle to the lunch spot.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary: 7-day program - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival 
You'll be picked up from Montevideo and transferred to the ranch (approximate 1 hour 40 minute transfer). After settling into your private cabin,  we then go through selecting horses for each rider and having an introductory ride around the area. We later enjoy a welcome cocktail. At dinner we will meet the guide and go over the trail's itinerary.
Riding: ~2-3 hours
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at the Ranch


Day 2: Introductory Ride 
We start our day with a delicious breakfast at the ranch. Today is dedicated to riding around the area and getting a first real glimpse of Uruguay's beautiful land! We will have the opportunity to pick up the speed and ride at fast paces. We may have a chance to also visit a stunning waterfall to relax and enjoy. Dinner and overnight will be spent at the ranch.
Riding: ~5 hours 
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Ranch


Day 3: Ride to Lote 8 
Breakfast at the ranch. Our destination, Lote 8, which is an ultra-chic olive oil producer perched on a hilltop with a 360° view of some of the most beautiful countryside in Uruguay, called the Eden Valley. Once arrived, we will be offered wine, cold cuts, and olive oil degustation. If you wish, you can have a guided visit for all the installations. The horses will stay at Lote 8 while we return to the ranch for dinner and overnight. The transfer is around 20 minutes.
Riding: ~5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Ranch


Day 4: Lote 8 to Villa Eden 
Enjoy a full breakfast at 9:00am. Before leaving for the ride you will need to prepare an overnight bag with a change of clothes and your bathrooms needs since you will be spending the night in another location. The bags will be transported by a vehicle. We head back to Lote 8 to pick up our horses. Today will be a slower day on horseback. After tacking up, we ride towards Pueblo Eden, crossing through streams and beautiful tree galleries along the way. For lunch, we stop for a picnic. After, we ride to the Vina Eden Winery where we will be offered a sampling of their excellent wines paired with cheese. If you wish, you can also have a guided visit to their wine producing installations. Our ride then continues to the cabins of Villa Eden, where we will be served a typical Uruguayan barbecue and then spend the night in the cabins.
Riding: ~5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Villa Eden


Day 5: Ride back to the Ranch
We will have breakfast at Villa Eden and then head off back towards Pueblo Eden. After two hours in the saddle we will have lunch at a famous pasta restaurant called Posta De Vaimaca. After lunch, we ride back towards the ranch through open country. The landscaping is ideal for a good run, so we pick up the pace and enjoy the feeling of the wind in our hair!
Riding: ~5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Ranch


Day 6: Last Ride 
Breakfast at the ranch. In today's ride we will stop at a scenic picnic spot for lunch where, depending on the weather conditions, you may enjoy a swim in a beautiful waterfall while the horses rest. Farewell dinner.
Riding: ~4-5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Ranch


Day 7: Departure 
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Montevideo.
Meals included: Breakfast

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Sample Itinerary: 8-day program - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
You'll be picked up from Montevideo and transferred to Publemio (approximate 2-hour transfer). Here you start off your adventure getting to know the group over a delicious lunch. We then go through selecting horses for each rider and having an introductory ride around the area. We will stop at the Pablo Atchugarry Foundation, which hosts many sculptures that have been created with the theme of the diversity of expressive language. We will have dinner and spend the night in Pueblomio.
Riding: ~2-3 hours
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at the Pueblo Mio


Day 2: Ride to Jose Ignacio
After breakfast, we will ride to Jose Ignacio, which is about 24 km away. We will break up the hours in the saddle with a lovely picnic on the beach. Once arrived to La Huella Restaurant, we are welcomed with a seafood tasting and a glass of wine (or two). We are then transferred to the farm by car (around 1.5 hours drive). We settle into the cabins and meet the guides and learn about the trail itinerary over dinner.
Riding: ~5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Ranch


Day 3: Ride around the Ranch
We start our day with a delicious breakfast at the ranch. Today is dedicated to riding around the area and getting a first real glimpse of Uruguay's beautiful land! We will have the opportunity to pick up the speed and ride at fast paces. Picnic lunch along the trial.
Riding: ~5 hours 
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Ranch


Day 4: Ride to Lote 8
Start off our morning with a full breakfast at the ranch. After breakfast, we mount up and ride through open country towards our destination for the day. If you are comfortable in the saddle, this is a perfect time to take advantage of a fast ride. On the way, we stop for lunch at a lovely picnic spot where your horse will rest. For lunch, a delicious picnic of sandwiches and cold cuts will be served. Our destination, Lote 8, which is an ultra-chic olive oil producer perched on a hilltop with a 360° view of some of the most beautiful countryside in Uruguay, called the Eden Valley. Once arrived, we will be offered wine and olive oil degustation. If you wish, you can have a guided visit for all the installations. The horses will stay at Lote 8 while we return to the ranch for dinner and overnight. The transfer is around 20 minutes.
Riding: ~5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Ranch

Day 5: Lote 8 to Villa Eden 
Enjoy a full breakfast at 9:00am. Before leaving for the ride you will need to prepare an overnight bag with a change of clothes and your bathrooms needs since you will be spending the night in another location. The bags will be transported by a vehicle. We head back to Lote 8 to pick up our horses. Today will be a slower day on horseback. After tacking up, we ride towards Pueblo Eden, crossing through streams and beautiful tree galleries along the way. For lunch, we stop for a picnic. After, we ride to the Vina Eden Winery where we will be offered a sampling of their excellent wines paired with cheese. If you wish, you can also have a guided visit to their wine producing installations. Our ride then continues to the cabins of Villa Eden, where we will be served a typical Uruguayan barbecue and then spend the night in the cabins.
Riding: ~5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Villa Eden


Day 6: Ride back to the Ranch
We will have breakfast at Villa Eden and then head off back towards Pueblo Eden. After two hours in the saddle we will have lunch at a famous pasta restaurant called Posta De Vaimaca. After lunch, we ride back towards the ranch through open country. The landscaping is ideal for a good run, so we pick up the pace and enjoy the feeling of the wind in our hair!
Riding: ~5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Ranch


Day 7: Waterfall Ride
Breakfast at the ranch. In today's ride we will stop at a scenic picnic spot for lunch where, depending on the weather conditions, you may enjoy a swim in a beautiful waterfall while the horses rest. Farewell dinner.
Riding: ~4-5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Ranch


Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Montevideo.
Meals included: Breakfast

*Please note beach riding is not available in January and February.

**On the hottest summer days we start the rides very early in the morning and return early afternoon to spend the afternoons relaxing near the swimming pool. Ride pace is adjusted to weather and terrain conditions (slower pace in hot, humid and / or wet weather, slippery trails). In case of severe weather warnings (severe rain or storms) and local bush fire danger we may be unable to go out riding due to safety concerns. We will try to arrange an alternative program for you whenever possible (Wine Tasting Tour, Jose Ignacio tour).


Rates and Dates for Pueblo Éden Adventure

Rates include:

Accommodations, all meals, soft drinks, 5 riding days, activities described in the itinerary, transfers from/ to Montevideo airport (if 3 pax or more)

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20207-day tour$2700
  • B
    20208-day tour with beach extension$2800

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2020 Transfers from Carrasco International Airport (MVD) included (min 3 pax) $0
2020 Transfers from Montevideo or Punta Del Este (1-2 pax), per car, one way
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
$160
2020 Small group supplement (2 pax), pp $300
2020 Group discount (4+ pax), pp $-300

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
B 2020 01/16 - 01/23 8d / 7n 8-day tour with beach extens... 2 /8 Expired
A 2020 01/17 - 01/23 7d / 6n 7-day tour 2 /8 Expired
B 2020 02/13 - 02/20 8d / 7n 8-day tour with beach extens... 2 /8 Expired
A 2020 02/14 - 02/20 7d / 6n 7-day tour 2 /8 Expired
B 2020 03/05 - 03/12 8d / 7n 8-day tour with beach extens... 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 03/06 - 03/12 7d / 6n 7-day tour 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 04/02 - 04/09 8d / 7n 8-day tour with beach extens... 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 04/03 - 04/09 7d / 6n 7-day tour 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 05/14 - 05/21 8d / 7n 8-day tour with beach extens... 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 05/15 - 05/21 7d / 6n 7-day tour 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 08/27 - 09/03 8d / 7n 8-day tour with beach extens... 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 08/28 - 09/03 7d / 6n 7-day tour 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 09/17 - 09/24 8d / 7n 8-day tour with beach extens... 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 09/18 - 09/24 7d / 6n 7-day tour 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 10/22 - 10/29 8d / 7n 8-day tour with beach extens... 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 10/23 - 10/29 7d / 6n 7-day tour 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 11/19 - 11/26 8d / 7n 8-day tour with beach extens... 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 11/20 - 11/26 7d / 6n 7-day tour 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 12/10 - 12/17 8d / 7n 8-day tour with beach extens... 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 12/11 - 12/17 7d / 6n 7-day tour 2 /8 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Transfers from/ to Montevideo airport (if less than 3 pax), alcoholic beverages & gratuities

Other Info
Meeting: Pueblo Mio
Airport: Montevideo
Transfer: Montevideo or Pueblo Del Este

Climate:
                                            José Ignacio area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

78

78

75

71

65

59

58

60

61

66

70

76

Average Low Temperature (°F)

66

67

64

60

55

50

48

49

51

55

59

64

Average High Temperature (°C)

25

26

24

21

18

15

15

15

16

19

21

24

Average Low Temperature (°C)

19

20

18

16

13

10

9

10

10

13

15

18

Source: NOAA


Seasons
The weather in Uruguay is variable, but you can expect somewhat warm spring and autumn temperatures, although we can also get some cool days (especially early in the morning or at night) and some rainy days too. Except for the winters (July to September) the climate is usually mild with rainfalls scattered throughout the calendar.

The best time for this trip is spring and autumn.

What To Bring:
Saddle bags are provided to carry water bottles (supplied), personal items for the day, and lunch.

What to Bring
-Suitable riding boots or shoes (with a small heel)
-Helmets are compulsory: you can bring your own or helmets can be provided
-Riding gloves
-Lightweight rain/ wind jacket that fits into the provided saddlebags
-Long-sleeved shirt
-Warm slippers for winter evenings
-Sunscreen, sunglasses
-Camera