Uruguay - Ultimate Uruguay

  • Open Mar, Nov
  • Set arrivals
  • 11 nights / 10 days of riding | 2 to 6 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Montevideo
  • Weight limit: 14st 13lbs (95 kg) (209 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 8

Gaucho in seaWonderfully tranquil and relatively unexplored, Uruguay offers a diverse landscape of sandy beaches, colonial towns, coastal reserves, grassy plains and cattle ranches.

This ride takes you to three distinctly different areas: first to the once obscure fishing village of Jose Ignacio, now arguably one of the most chic places in South America, popular with supermodels and Hollywood actors; then to the beautiful province of Rocha, famous for its pristine white sand beaches, azure shores and lagoons; before heading inland to finish at the beautiful guest estancia Balcon del Abra.

You should be a strong intermediate or experienced rider, happy at all paces including gallop and fit enough for up to six hours riding a day. There are plenty of opportunities for fast riding on the grassy pastures and firm beaches.

Uruguay tack

The horses are the local Uruguayan Criollo breed and Criollo cross which are ideally suited to the terrain. The Criollo is a strong horse with an excellent walk and good character. You will ride three different sets of horses during the trail.

You ride in a local ‘Western’ type saddle with a sheep skin over. The riding style is Western with a relaxed seat and forgiving rein contact. Bridles are also Western-style, with curb bits, and the horses respond to neck reining. Your guides will give you help in adjusting to the tack, which is very suitable for long days in the saddle.

There is a rider weight limit of 95kgs. It is possible for riders slightly over this limit to be accepted on payment of a supplement to provide an extra horse.

The accommodation used along the route is a selection of the most interesting and charming hotels, lodges and ranches available in the areas you visit. Most rooms have a private bathroom, but it may not be ensuite.

It is possible to request a single room in advance and a single supplement is payable. On some nights the bathrooms may be shared between two people.

Meals reflect the local cuisine and are prepared with fresh produce of the region wherever possible. The red meat, fish and wine are particularly recommended. However, vegetarians can also be easily catered for. Each hotel or estancia has its own price list for alcohol, which is payable locally.

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Upcoming Dates

Additional dates are possible for private groups.

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
Ultimate Uruguay 7 Mar 2020 - 18 Mar 2020 11 nights 11 ngts $5,365.00 View (.pdf) Book
Ultimate Uruguay 14 Nov 2020 - 25 Nov 2020 11 nights 11 ngts $5,365.00 View (.pdf) Book


INCLUDES Accommodation; full board (except 3 dinners); riding; return transfers from Montevideo airport; city tour.

The weight limit is 95 kg in riding gear. Riders slightly over this limit may be accommodated subject to availability and payment of an extra horse supplement $385.00

SMALL GROUP SUPPLEMENT applies, which depends on the total number of people booked
2-3 riders in group: $525.00 per person

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT $1,045.00. If you are willing to share, this will be refunded if we find you a sharer.

PAYABLE LOCALLY Dinner on two days; drinks; tips.


TRANSFERS Included from Montevideo on first and last days of the ride.

Getting There

For Ultimate Uruguay

Shared transfers are included from Montevideo airport on the first and last days of the ride.

Your flight should arrive in the morning on Day 1. We recommend that you arrive at your hotel by midday at the latest so that you do not miss lunch or the city tour.

On the departure day your flight should depart 17:30 or later.

We can book accommodation in Montevideo if you would prefer to arrive early or stay on longer.

You can fly to Montevideo with Iberia via Madrid or with Tam via Sao Paulo, or you may prefer to fly to Buenos Aires and take the ferry across to Montevideo.

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Client Photos


This trail ride is in the province of Rocha along the coast of Uruguay.

Weather & Climate

The weather in Uruguay is variable, but you can expect warm spring and autumn temperatures, although some days can be cool (especially early in the morning or at night) and there is also the chance of rain.

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Guest Review

Fantastic riding once we had got used the Groucho style !

Jane ,Birmingham

5 star rating Overall rating: 5/5

Ride Report

Chris Day
Chris Day
In November 2017 I accompanied the inaugural Ultimate Uruguay ride, which combines the Painted Birds Trail with Jose Ignacio and the inland estancia Balcon del Abra. This was my first visit to South America and one that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Ultimate Uruguay Riding Specialist

Chris says

It is hard to describe the diversity of scenery and wildlife you will see in such a small area; be prepared to be amazed.

My Top Tip

Don't forget your swimming costume for the chance to swim with the horses.

Email: chris@inthesaddle.com

Chris Day
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