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Uruguay - Gaucho Trails
Uruguay - Gaucho Trails
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Uruguay - Gaucho Trails

Ride through stunning scenery in one of the least known countries in South America. The Painted Birds Trail takes place in the province of Rocha and crosses the Banados del Este Biosphere reserve, a UNESCO site. This is a unique place where within a relatively small area you find wetlands, hills, native forest, palm groves, sandy and rocky beaches, rivers, coastal lagoons and savannahs all filled with an enormous diversity of more than 400 species of birds.

Ride along beaches and over shifting sand dunes through palm groves and along the shores of the wetlands, some of the largest expanses of inland water in South America. 

If you wish to extend your holiday in Uruguay you can choose to visit 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.  Ride through varied landscapes, from the inland vineyards to the beaches. There may also be the chance to swim with your horse at Gazon Lagoon and ride into the Protected area of ‘El Caracol’.

Further inland, Balcon del Abra nestles in the hills of Lavalleja province, just minutes away from the small town of Mariscala. Here you will encounter unique landscapes and luxury accommodation. The rural setting affords opportunities to experience an area of great natural beauty.  Discover wonderful riding trails through rolling hills and across glorious countryside. The famous Salamanca Grottoes are within reach and many guests choose to take a day-trip to visit them.

These options also work well if you prefer a centre based or two centre ride rather than a trail.

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Uruguayan Riding Specialist  Chris Day

Chris says:

Beach riding and exploring interesting estancias - this ride offers something completely different to the rest of South America.

My top tip:

This ride combines really well with Los Potreros in Argentina, or a few days in Buenos Aires.

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