Estancia Beach Trail

8 Days  |  From £4060pp

Uruguay ( Best airport: Montevideo)

Ride on deserted beaches, over shifting sand dunes through tropical palm groves, and protected wetlands while you spot shipwrecks and marine life such as dolphins, whales and seals on this diverse riding expedition across Uruguay. Further inland, you’ll ride with the gauchos and practise your cattle driving skills at traditional estancias on Criollo horses before relaxing in the evening with excellent food and wine. An undiscovered gem in the heart of Latin America.

The Riding

The pace of this trail is reasonably fast and includes lots of canters on the grassy pastures and firm beaches. There are many opportunities to gallop on the seemingly never-ending coastline although riders can also stay at a canter if they prefer. The scenery encompasses tropical wetlands, green, sun-drenched vineyards, woods and forests and some of the finest beach riding in the world.

Riders must be comfortable in all paces and happy to do some fast riding in open spaces on an obedient and responsive horse. Riders need to be in good physical condition, you will be in the saddle for between 4-6 hours per day. The weight limit is 95kg.

Guides and Group Size

As well as being experienced horsemen and women, your guides on this trail have a thorough knowledge of the extensive local wildlife and birdlife. All guides are multilingual Spanish/English and the group size is between 2-8.

The Horses

The horses at this destination are a real highlight of riding in Uruguay. A pleasure to ride, they are chosen for their responsive and willing nature. One or more spare horses accompany the group in case a change is needed. The horses are the local Criollo breed: ideally suited to the terrain. The Criollo is a strong horse with an excellent forward-going walk and willing character. Western style saddles are used with a sheepskin cover and all horses are trained in neck reining so only a very light contact with the horses mouth is necessary. Your guides will tack up the horses each day although you are welcome to help if you want to.

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Accommodation and Dining

Accommodation is in twin or double rooms with single rooms available for a supplement. You’ll be staying in a mix of charming seaside hotels and traditional estancias. All rooms include a private bathroom and are clean and comfortable.
The food and wine provided at this destination is considered an integral part of the holiday experience and you will certainly eat well. After a full day riding, you’ll sit down to enjoy fully prepared meals that reflect the local cuisine. All meals are prepared with completely natural and fresh products of the region. Red meat, fish and wine are specially recommended, but vegetarians can be easily catered for.

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Itinerary

Estancia Beach Trail

9 days / 8 nights / 7 days riding
£4060pp

Single occupancy £530

Flights & Airport transfers

Do not book flights until you have received the Booking confirmation email from saddletravel.com.

Transfers are available from Montevideo international airport. On day 9 flights should be booked for after 19:00 or stay an extra night in Montevideo.

Price Includes
  • 7 days riding
  • 7 nights accommodation in twin or double rooms
  • Airport transfers at set times
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Mineral Water
  • Luggage transport
Price Excludes
  • International flights
  • Dinner on Day 1
  • Alcoholic drinks

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