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Horse Riding Holiday | Horseback Riding Vacations Uruguay

 

URUGUAY EMERALD COAST RIDE: LATE OCTOBER TO APRIL WINTER SUN RIDES!
Lots of wildlife including WHALE watching on horseback (November & December) miles of
pristine, deserted BEACHES, lunchtime swimming in the sea and much, much more!

  • Private tours of any length, all riding levels catered for
  • Set date departures, for experienced riders

URUGUAY- NEW:

  • stay on a working farm in an idyllic, tranquil location, one or more guests
  • stay at a small village by beautiful beaches, daily rides out, one or more guests

URUGUAY RIDE:
“LOVED IT, BRILLIANT, SUPERB, LIFE CHANGING etc etc etc etc."
"…the organisation was perfection. Couldn't fault anything on the trip at
all. Many, many thanks for organising such a fab holiday.”

SET DATE DEPARTURES (see itinerary below) & PRIVATE TOURS –FOR GROUPS OF ALL ABILITIES. A WONDERFUL RANGE OF EXTENSIONS INCLUDING WINE TOURS, BEACH HOUSES FOR RENT, SPAS & PUNTA DEL ESTE. Please ask for details.

“… South America's undiscovered country, its best kept secret… the ultimate coastal ride…” URUGUAY ride featured in Observer newspaper, 22nd march 2009

see newspage for available dates on set date departures, guests’ comments on the FAQ page, & more PHOTOS in the gallery

Very varied scenery and pace: riding along deserted sandy beaches, through wetlands, passing rice fields, across huge expanses of pasturelands, between sand dunes and into pine forests, around fresh water lagoons, and through palm groves. Staying at idyllic settings with gourmet food: traditional estancias, beachside hotels and working farms (complete with swimming pools). Accompanied by skilled gauchos and seeing a large variety of wildlife along the way - A RIDE FULL OF UNEXPECTED VARIATION IN A COUNTRY MADE FOR RIDING! Full details below concerning the set date departure, do please request options for private groups.

“Thank you for a FABULOUS holiday. I loved it ...Real highlights were definitely your horses, riding through the wetlands, those long, long canters on the beach.” HJ, Oct 08. Uruguay.

EMERALD COAST RIDING TOUR, URUGUAY 2013/14
Estancias, Beaches & Lagoons. 8 day tour.
URUGUAY: ‘South America’s best kept secret’ Time Out guides.
A country the size of England and Wales with a population of only 3 million charming, warm, friendly ‘horse people’, an ideal non-tropical riding climate, unexpectedly diverse landscapes – a little-known destination made for riding!
Riding along deserted sandy beaches, between sand dunes and into pine forests, around fresh water lagoons, through palm groves and across grasslands, we arrive at idyllic settings for gourmet lunches then journey on the comfort of traditional estancias and working farms. We are accompanied by skilled gauchos, seeing a large variety of wildlife along the way as we pass through an unexpected mix of landscapes.

Lots of wildlife including WHALE watching on horseback (November & December) miles of 
pristine, deserted BEACHES, lunchtime swimming in the sea and much, much more!

2013 TOUR DATES:

9th & 23rd November. Emerald Coast ride. Please request details.

2014 TOUR DATES:

1st-8th March

15th-22nd March

29th March – 5th April

25th October – 1st November

8th-15th November

22nd-29th November

TAILOR- MADE: Private tours of any length available from October to May – all levels of riding ability catered for. Please contact us to discuss options.

ITINERARY SUMMARY:
We start our tour in the capital city of Uruguay: Montevideo. The next day we drive to the amazing coastal province of 'Rocha' – a protected area and declared world biosphere reserve, we stay right on the border with Brazil. During the ride the scenery is incredibly diverse: we canter along remote beaches, ride over shifting sand dunes, through palm groves, across the huge fields of a cattle ranch, around rice fields, in National Parks and along the shores of the wetlands. The variety of birds - hummingbirds, flamingos, kingfishers, flycatchers, rheas (similar to ostriches) - that we see in these habitats is incredible. The pace will be quite fast (with lots of canters) - the grassy pastures and firm beaches allow this on strong and well-trained Uruguayan ‘Criollo’ and ‘Criollo-cross’ horses. We will stay in variety of lodgings from a beachside hotel to working ranches (‘estancias’) where we help the gauchos with cattle work. Guests will be able to experience first-hand the traditional way of life of country people- still strongly linked with the horse and gaucho traditions, as well as ride through diverse landscapes, enjoy surprising wines, excellent food and experience the hidden treasures found far from the beaten tourist trails.

“I really enjoyed our trip …very entertaining and I hadn't laughed so much for ages. When people here ask what was the best bit of the whole trip I seem to be remembering all our fun beach rides and lunches and the laughter.
And thanks to Sally for finding excellent horses for me - you will have noticed I bonded closely! And also thanks for the organization that went into the trip. I found everyone I met in Uruguay very friendly and liked the feel of the country, and in particular all the people you are working with are very special. It was a treat to be with people who so willingly shared their knowledge of the history and wildlife. …definitely be planning a return trip - perhaps next year...” Chris.

“…Uruguay is an absolute gem. The lure of galloping along deserted sandy beaches caught my imagination and the reality was just as good. As well as glorious beaches, the ride takes in a variety of landscapes and activities, making no two days the same.
Horses are well schooled and adept whatever the terrain. They are expertly matched to each guest and certainly all the horses I rode had character and sparkle, giving a responsive and fun ride. The charming Gauchos that accompanied us were fascinating, steeped in tradition and skilled in their work.
The accommodation and food were superb. It was a special touch to stay at a working estancia as guests of the owners. I have wonderful memories of humorous banter and smooth wine, as we dined with them around the family table. All the local people we met were unfailingly friendly and welcoming.
Clearly this ride has been meticulously planned and was run most efficiently, yet the atmosphere was relaxed and we had lots of fun. It was a great team that looked after us, taking care of every aspect and with nothing being too much trouble.” Stephanie.

‘…thank you for the great organization of the Uruguay trip… I had never enjoyed riding as much as I did during our trip.’ Francisco.

SIGHTED ON RECENT TRIPS: Franca whales, dolphins, turtles, sea lions, capybaras (largest rodent in the world and very cute!), armadillos, rheas (South America’s ostrich), black-necked swans, roseate spoonbills, Maguari stork (a huge bird) and many species of herons and ibis… One guest spoke of having seen over 100 species of birds during his 6 day tour, ‘and that was only including the birds I managed to identify!’

NOTES:
Climate: warm/hot non-tropical climate – very pleasant riding. No malaria carrying mosquitoes.
Horses: there will normally be at least two changes of horses during the ride. As always, one or more spare horses will accompany us. The horses are English, quarter horse and other breeds crossed with the local Uruguayan criollo: ideally suited to the terrain. Riding times given are approximate.
Tack: local, South American type saddle, with thick sheepskin seats. Saddlebags provided.
Riding style: Neck reining (western ‘one-hand´/ ‘indirect’). Help will be given in adjusting to this tack which is very suitable for long days in the saddle. The narrow metal stirrups mean that smooth soled riding boots (paddock/jodhpur boot style) are strongly advisable rather than footwear with treads.
Travel notes, including recommended clothing list, will be available on confirmation of booking.

EXTENSIONS IN URUGUAY & ARGENTINA: we have a great variety of extension options available.
Visit the VINEYARDS, go BIRD WATCHING, relaxing in one of the estancias close to PUNTA DEL ESTE or in ROCHA.

ARGENTINA: Buenos Aires city tour & tango show, IGUAZU Falls, POLO lessons, FISHING, riding in PATAGONIA, and HIKING are some of the options available.

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