Éden's Luxury Escape

Uruguay Uruguay: (IT-URG02)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/Uruguay_Éden_Luxury_Escape.aspx

Introduction
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Hidden in southern Uruguay surrounded by hills and amazing landscape, the Éden's Luxury Escape 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 in your hair. 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 trip: 1st night in a hotel in Montevideo and remaining 6 nights at the ranch.
7day/ 6night trip: All nights spent at the ranch.

Description
The Ranch is a 30 acre horse farm property featuring a natural architecture embracing the Uruguayan beautiful countryside. 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 the main house is equipped with 4 beds.
The cabins offer approximately 35 sqm / 115 square feet of spacious accommodations. Each room has either a king-size bed or two single beds appointed with fine cotton linen and quilted duvets. All have well-equipped bathrooms and hardwoods. All rooms come with balcony and all have open views overlooking the Uruguayan typical countryside. Also included at the cabins : air conditioning / heating , hair dryer , WIFI and minibar.
We also offer 1 extra large cabin with 65 sqm / 213 square feet . This cabin has one bedroom with king size bed, private bathroom, one bar/ kitchen, one living room/dining room with fireplace, cable TV, and a huge terrace with a magnificent view.



Hotel in Montevideo
The hotel features a beautiful Art Deco façade (the hotel was built in 1938) and is strategically positioned in the heart of the Old City. The 21 bedrooms are all modern and feature free Wi-Fi access, a TV, A/C as well as a private bathroom with toileteries. 

Room Occupancy
Single supplement is mandatory for single travelers.



Meals
All meals are included from breakfast on Day 2 (Day 1 for the 7-day trip) to breakfast on your last day. Meals are not included on Day 1 of the 8-dy trip.

We put a strong emphasis on fresh home-cooked meals.
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).

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 (8-day program)- subject to changes

The 7-day program follows the same itinerary expect for the overnight in Montevideo. The 7-day program starts on Friday and has guests transferred directly from Montevideo to the ranch (no overnight in Montevideo).

Day 1: Thursday
Arrival at Carrasco International Airport (MVD) in Montevideo and transfer to Don Boutique Hotel in Old Town. Old Town is the main touristic neighbourhood and financial center of Montevideo, strategically placed within walking distance of the best restaurants, art galleries, theaters, typical cafes, and museums. No meals are included on this day.

Day 2: Friday
After breakfast at the hotel you will be transferred at 10:00am to our ranch and luxury lodge (approximately 2-hour drive). You'll be greeted upon arrival and acquainted with the area and horses. Enjoy your first lunch on the ranch. We will go on a introductory ride around the area. Dinner and lodging for the next 6 nights will be in our private cabins with private bath and amenities.
Riding: 2-3 hours

Note: The 7day/6night tour starts today with a pick-up from the airport in the morning.

Day 3: Saturday
Enjoy breakfast at the ranch between 8:30am and 9:00am. Today we'll be riding through pine forests, streams, and magnificent views. We'll stop for a picnic in open country. Dinner and lodging at the ranch.
Riding: 4-5 hours

Day 4: Sunday
After breakfast we will ride in the direction of Viña Eden Winery with a lunch stop at Posta de Vaimaca, serving traditional delicious Uruguayan food. After lunch we continue our ride to the winery where we're given a guided tour of their installations and a tasting of their wines offered. We head back to the ranch by private transfer. Dinner and lodging at the ranch.
Riding: 4-5 hours

Day 5: Monday
Breakfast at the ranch and private transfer to pick up the horses. We'll ride towards the olive plantation and oil extraction plant of Lote 8 with a stop in open country for lunch. We'll receive a guided tour of Lote 8's installations and are offered a tasting of wines and samples of their products. You can decide to ride back to the ranch or take a private transfer. Dinner and lodging at the ranch.
Riding: 4-5 hours

Day 6: Tuesday
Breakfast at the ranch before we head off for a ride in open country. We return to the ranch for lunch. At 3:00pm, transfer to Minas. Dinner and lodging at the ranch.
Riding: 3 hours

Day 7: Wednesday
After breakfast we will ride to the waterfall where, weather permitting, we will make a stop for one hour to allow the riders to swim and rest. We'll enjoy a picnic at the site and ride back to the ranch.Dinner and lodging at the ranch.
Riding: 4-5 hours

Day 8: Thursday
After breakfast you'll be transferred to Carrasco International Airport (MVD) in Montevideo. Please be sure to pick flight leaving after noon!

Non-Riders
Non-riders are accepted but it is recommended that they have a rental car to explore the area. The non-riders can sometimes travel with the support vehicle to the lunch spot and can also be transported to the other accommodations if required (during trek).

Weather Conditions
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.

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Extension 1 – Cabo Polonio

Day 8: Thursday
After breakfast, you will be transferred around 9:00 am to Cabo Polonio National Park (approx. 2.5-3 hours by car). For today’s ride, we will change horses. You will have the whole day to explore the beautiful park on horseback (lunch will be taken on the trail). At the end of the day, you will be transferred back to the ranch for our farewell dinner.
Riding 4-5 hours

Day 9: Friday
After breakfast you'll be transferred to Carrasco International Airport (MVD) in Montevideo. Please be sure to pick flight leaving after noon!

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Extension 2 – Cabo Polonio & Ombu Forest

Day 8: Thursday
After breakfast, you will be transferred around 9:00 am to Cabo Polonio National Park (approx. 2.5-3 hours by car). For today’s ride, we will change horses. You will have the whole day to explore the beautiful park on horseback (lunch will be taken on the trail). At the end of the day, you will be transferred to Estancia Guardia Del Monte. Dinner and lodging at Estancia Guardia Del Monte.
Riding 4-5 hours

Day 9: Friday
We will ride around the estancia, crossing a beautiful Ombu Forest. If we are lucky, we will see some animals and maybe some parrots. We go back to the estancia for lunch and after, we are transferred back to the ranch for our farewell dinner.
Riding 3 hours

Day 10: Saturday
After breakfast you'll be transferred to Carrasco International Airport (MVD) in Montevideo. Please be sure to pick flight leaving after noon!


Rates and Dates for Éden's Luxury Escape

Rates include:

Accommodations: 1 night in hotel in Montevideo + 6 nights at luxury lodge, all meals starting Day 2 + wine with dinner, wine & food tasting at Lote 8 & Vina Eden, 6 riding days, transfers from/ to the airport (MVD)

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20208 day trip, AP$2800
    • Single supplement (mandatory)$1400
  • B
    20207 day trip, AP$2700
    • Single supplement (mandatory)$1350

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2020 Transfers from Carrasco International Airport (MVD) included $0
2020 Small group supplement (2 pax), pp $300
2020 Group discount (4 pax), pp $-300
2020 Group discount (5 pax), pp $-430
2020 Group discount (6 pax), pp $-550
2020 1 night extension in Cabo Polonio, pp $550
2020 2 nights extension in Cabo Polonio and Ombu Forest, pp $850

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2020 01/16 - 01/23 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 3 /8 Reserve
B 2020 01/17 - 01/23 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 3 /8 Reserve
A 2020 02/13 - 02/20 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 3 /8 Reserve
B 2020 02/14 - 02/20 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 3 /8 Reserve
A 2020 03/05 - 03/12 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 3 /8 Reserve
B 2020 03/06 - 03/12 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 3 /8 Reserve
A 2020 04/02 - 04/09 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 3 /8 Reserve
B 2020 04/03 - 04/09 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 3 /8 Reserve
A 2020 05/14 - 05/21 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 3 /8 Reserve
B 2020 05/15 - 05/21 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 3 /8 Reserve
A 2020 08/27 - 09/03 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 3 /8 Reserve
B 2020 08/28 - 09/03 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 3 /8 Reserve
A 2020 09/17 - 09/24 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 3 /8 Reserve
B 2020 09/18 - 09/24 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 3 /8 Reserve
A 2020 10/22 - 10/29 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 3 /8 Reserve
B 2020 10/23 - 10/29 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 3 /8 Reserve
A 2020 11/19 - 11/26 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 3 /8 Reserve
B 2020 11/20 - 11/26 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 3 /8 Reserve
A 2020 12/10 - 12/17 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 3 /8 Reserve
B 2020 12/11 - 12/17 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 3 /8 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Gratuities, meals on Day 1

Other Info
Meeting: Montevideo
Airport: Carrasco International Airport (MVD)
Transfer: Carrasco International Airport (MVD) or hotel in Montevideo

Climate:
                                            José Ignacio area


Month

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Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

78

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75

71

65

59

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66

70

76

Average Low Temperature (°F)

66

67

64

60

55

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48

49

51

55

59

64

Average High Temperature (°C)

25

26

24

21

18

15

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19

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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)
- Helmet (mandatory. We can lend one if needed- let us know)
- Riding gloves
- Lightweight rain/ wind jacket that fits into the provided saddlebags
- Long-sleeved shirt
- Warm slippers for winter evenings
- Sunscreen, sunglasses
- Camera