- Variety of landscapes, from the grazing pampas on the estancias, to swamplands, coastal forests, sand dunes and beaches
- More than 400 species of birds (flamingoes, herons, snow geese, black swans etc) plus the chance to see sealions and dolphins
- Exhilarating canters on pristine beaches
Private rides can be arranged for groups of two or more between late February and April and from October to mid December.
Day 1 1: Europe - MontevideoThere are no direct flights from the UK to Montevideo. You can either fly via a European hub city such as Madrid, or fly to Buenos Aires and either fly or take a ferry across the estuary to Montevideo.
Day 2 2: Montevideo - No ridingYou will be met upon arrival at Carrasco International Airport. Today is set aside to relax and explore the coastal city of Montevideo. We will stay at the residential neighbourhood of Carrasco from where we will enjoy an afternoon tour including lunch at the port market. Overnight at Hotel Cottage.
Note: Tonight’s dinner is not included.
Day 3 3: Montevideo – La CoronillaParque Oceanico hotelAfter breakfast you will transfer to the Province of Rocha arguably the most beautiful province in Uruguay with pristine beaches, emerald shores and a great network of lagoons. You will arrive to Hotel Parque Oceanico where we will enjoy a traditional Sunday asado. After lunch, you will be driven to a local estancia to meet our horses and enjoy a wonderful ride along the estancia fields.
Return to the accommodation where you will enjoy a well-deserved dinner.
Day 4 4: Barra del Chuy BeachParque Oceanico hotelAfter breakfast, you will be driven to the horses to begin our adventure! Today you will enjoy a 3-4 hour ride towards the coast! Stop to enjoy a picnic lunch at midday followed by a swim in the ocean or a pleasant “siesta”. During the afternoon, a fast-pace ride along the wonderful, isolated ocean beach of ‘Barra Chuy’, awaits you! Here you can enjoy a long, exhilarating canter. Eventually, you will reach beachside hotel where you will enjoy some cocktails.
Day 5 5: Santa Teresa National ParkToday you ride south alternating beaches, sand dunes, pine forests and coastal hills from where you might be lucky enough to see dolphins feeding before arriving at the immense Santa Teresa National Park. The centre 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 3,000 hectares of forest containing over 2 million trees, most from other parts of the world.
After a picnic lunch you ride along the forest trails and down to the beach where you'll pass a shipwreck buried in the sand, one of many along this treacherous coast; indeed, Cabo Polonio (where you ride later in the week) is named after a Spanish galleon that sank 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. Continue riding along the coast towards the lovely town of Punta del Diablo.
Overnight in the posada Terrazas de la Viuda.
Day 6 6: Punta Del Diablo – Don BoscoAfter breakfast, you will go on a short ride to meet the horses. Today you will ride across amazing untouched landscape of Palm groves including various ecosystems that offer the opportunity to experience the diverse flora and fauna of the area.
After a picnic lunch, you arrive to the shores of the Laguna Negra by sunset just on time to go up the Cerro de la Virgen for an incredible view. This region is home to one of the largest fresh water wildlife reserves in the country. In the evening, you will enjoy a traditional asado dinner with the gauchos.
Overnight at Don Bosco where the accommodation is simple but the landscape is amazing.
Day 7 7: Don Bosco – ValizasAfter breakfast, your ride continues across the palm forests towards the coast. You will stop on the way for lunch before continuing your ride along the beach towards the small town of Valizas.
You will arrive at a typical “Rancho Valicero” built as a summer home and turned into a small local bed & breakfast.
Tonight you will have dinner at a local restaurant before returning to the overnight accommodation.
Note: Alternate accommodation at a hotel may be available on request
Day 8 8: Cabo PolonioToday your day begins with a morning walk to the Valizas stream where you will cross on a boat to meet the horses on the other side of the shore. UNESCO has declared this area a Biosphere Natural Reserve. You will ride to Cabo Polonio, a charming fishing village to which people can only get to by horse, walking or on SUV trucks.
As you ride, it is almost as if you are right in the middle of the Sahara.
On arrival, you will enjoy lunch at La Perla Seaside restaurant and visit the lighthouse and the sea lions reserve that make up one of the largest populations of seals in the world. Depending onn the time of year, you may be able to spot a migrating whale.
If you wish, at this point you may swim at the beach before getting back on the horse to begin you ride towards the entrance of the village to meet the van that will drive you to your next destination close to Jose Ignacio.
Dinner and overnight at Estancia Anastasio.
Day 9 9: Countryside, Lagoon and BeachToday enjoy a morning ride across the estancia fields helping the gauchos to herd the cattle, vaccinate or do the daily chores of the day. Afterwards, you will go on a kayak tour of the Anastasio stream and a typical picnic lunch of local “chivitos”. IN the afternoon, you will ride to the beach and enjoy views of the ocean and the lagoon.
Tonight’s dinner will be served under the stars.
Day 10 10: Jose Ignacio – MontevideoAfter breakfast, you will ride to Jose Ignacio where we will enjoy lunch before heading back to Montevideo. In the afternoon visit Punta Del Este and surrounding area where we will say our farewells. Transfer back to Montevideo arriving by 6:30pm.
Day 11 11 - HomeYou will arrive home today.
Dates & prices
- Rates are per person, based on two riders sharing a twin or double room during the ride.
- The group is composed of a minimum of 4 riders with a maximum of 8 riders plus English speaking guide
- Please note: the ride will also confirm for 2-3 riders on payment of a supplement of c. $1205/£1050/€1100 per person. Once the group has reached 4 people, we will remove this supplement from your invoice and refund you if you have already paid it.
- Transfers are included. On the last day of the ride, arrival to Montevideo is usually scheduled around 6:30pm. This means that riders leaving on the same day should not book flights earlier than 19:00.
- If you sign up to the ride as a solo rider and there are no other riders likely to share your room, you will be charged a single room supplement of approx. $595/£515/€590. You will then be reimbursed if a sharer is found for you at a later date. Single rooms are limited on this trip to a maximum of 3 per ride, which means they will be allocated on a first served, first come basis. Please note that single rooms at Valizas have shared bathrooms.
- Rider weight limit is 95kg / 210 lbs / 15 st. If you weigh more than 95kg then it may be possible to join the ride on payment of a supplement of c. $440/£365/€420 so that a second horse can be provided for you
- Private groups of 4+ riders can request private dates from October to late April - please contact us.
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.
1 local horse guide
1 support vehicle
Nights in haciendas
Price doesn't include
Free meals in Montevideo
Airport local fees
Private transfer from and to Airport - if you arrive outside of suggested times
Small group supplement. For price list see above in prices details
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Saddles are traditional and consist of a basic frame with a sheepskin on top for comfort. The horses respond to neck-reining.
Minimum riding ability
Minimum riding ability
Rider weight limit: 95 kgs. Heavier riders can join the ride if they are willing to pay a supplement (that will allow your guide to bring a second horse for you)
Tacking ability and participation
Trip conditions and Requested experience
The first night is spent in a hotel in double, twin or triple rooms with private bathrooms.
Please be careful with the water and always make sure it is drinkable.
Guide and local team
- A riding helmet is compulsory and we recommend that you take your own to ensure a correct fit. Helmet makers (GPA, HKM, LAS Helmets, Lamicell, Troxel, Equithème) now offer horse-riding helmets that are ventilated, strong, light and comfortable. You also have the option of buying protective shells to go under your hats (Ranch & Rider, Lexington Safety Products) or western hat helmets (Troxel).
- Sunhat (indispensable)
- Sunglasses with high protection lenses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana for protecting your neck and face from the sun, wind or rain
- Thermal underwear (t-shirts with long or short sleeves)
- T-shirts in cotton and long-sleeved shirts (to protect against the sun) or t-shirts made from rapid-dry material
- 1 lightweight fleece or jumper
- 1 lightweight waterproof jacket made from Gore-Tex or a similar material that is waterproof and breathable
- 2 pairs of lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- 1 change of riding trousers or jeans
- A swimming costume and a towel
- Non-irritant cotton or synthetic underwear
Hands and Feet
- 1 pair of comfortable riding or walking boots. We recommend short boots with half-chaps specifically for riding. We don't recommend taking your favorite leather boots in case they get damaged
- 1 pair of lightweight shoes or trainers for the evenings
- Several pairs of warm socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun whilst riding
Other useful items
- Water bottle (1.5 liters or 2 equivalent) better 2 bottles of 0.5l
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around at night - bring spare batteries and bulbs
- Protein or cereal bars for the longer stretches of riding
- Swiss army knife or equivalent (in checking-in luggage!!)
- Small plastic bags for you rubbish
- Ear plugs (may be useful)
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- A pair of binoculars
Make sure any allergies (to medication or otherwise) and clearly stated in your medical kit
- Any medication you regularly take
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhea medication
- Vitamin C tablets
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Eye drops
- Hydrating/ soothing cream
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc..
- 10cm wide bandage
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Re-hydration sachets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel
- Backpacks cannot be worn whilst riding. We recommend a small bumbag or a coat with pockets so that you can carry small items with you during the day (camera, sunscreen, lip balm etc)
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- Hand luggage mustn't contain any sharp objects (knives, scissors, nail file or nail scissors, etc.) and the quantity of liquid allowed per passenger is limited to 100ml per container. Check with the airline for their imposed weight limits for hand/ hold luggage.
Visa & Health
Visas for Uruguay are not required by nationals referred to above for stays of up to three months.
Nationals not referred to above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Uruguay.
Addresses of consulates
- Paris | Ambassade d’Uruguay
15, rue Le Sueur
Tél. : 01.45.00.81.37
- Ambassade de France en Uruguay
Avenida Uruguay 853
CC 290 Montevideo
Tél. : +598 21705 0000
- Uruguayan embassy
125 Kensington High Street
W8 5SF London
Tél. : 020 7937 4170
Fax : 020 7376 0502
It's a good thing to get your vaccinations in order before travelling to Uruguay. The general vaccination against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) is recommended. Also a hepatitis A vaccination is recommended and vaccination against hepatitis B, rabies and typhoid are also sometimes recommended for stays longer than 3 months.
Budget and money
MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Diners Club are the most commonly used credit cards. All are widely accepted in major tourist and business destinations including Montevideo, Punta del Este and Colonia del Sacramento. In rural areas, it's best to carry cash as many businesses will not accept credit cards.
ATMs marked with the green Banred or blue Redbrou logo are reliable and available in all cities, as well as some smaller towns. These serve all major international banking networks, including Cirrus, Visa, MasterCard and Maestro.
Telephone and jetlag
Roaming agreements exist with some international mobile phone operators. Visitors should check with their service provider before travelling. Mobile phones and SIM cards can also be easily obtained locally and are usually a less expensive option, especially for longer stays. Coverage is good in urban areas and patchy elsewhere.
Time zone is GMT -3
Did you know?
Did you know?
In Argentina, Paraguay, Chile, Tarija (Bolivia) and in Uruguay, the gaucho is one of the riding herdsmen of the South American pampas.
The gaucho culture was born in the flooded plains of the River Plata in the 18th century.
Since then, Uruguay shares with Argentina the romantic idea of the gaucho, as the emblematic rider of the pampa who embodies courage, honour and freedom.