🇬🇧 Horseback Riding in Uruguay
Updated: Apr 10, 2019
From coast to countryside in the land of gauchos
In the Guarani language, Uruguay means river of the colourful birds, what tells much about the nature of this country. Uruguay is also known as the land of the Gauchos.
The Uruguayan poet Fernán Silva Valdés, describes the gaucho as a character that was born from native Indians and the Europeans who settled in this country during the Spanish conquest: with the spirit of a bird, with wings on his clothes, his horse, and mainly in his way of life. Nowadays the gaucho has found his life in any activity in the countryside that can do on a horse. With a strong and passionate link with this animal, the gaucho is the man who works and enriches the Uruguayan fields.
During these next 5 days, you will experience the nature, the gaucho ́s lifestyle, the Criollo horses and the way they are ridden by the gauchos. The accommodations are rural houses where the family members will offer a warm welcome, tasty traditional meals and friendly company.
Your local guide, Florencia Ocampo, is a great example of how responsible tourism can be to the local environment and the destination where she makes a living. When she was 17 she started birding motivated by birds' conservation issues and a few years later she started her career in Biological Sciences. Soon she got involved with the NGO Aves Uruguay, Aver Aves and the Natural History National Museum of Uruguay, for which she worked in research.
Well, that is not all: when you take this tour, you not only visit Uruguay with the help of a local specialist but also collaborate with the welfare of dozens of children and teenagers.
10% of the earnings goes to Tu Lugar, where they receive food, clothing and love.
Top 3 Highlights
Cabo Polonio is one of the main touristic destinations in Uruguay. Getting to reach it on a horse is rare and unique, though. Let yourself enjoy the ride and the remoteness of this village, full of life and beauty.
The daily life of a Gaucho
Putting together the coast and the countryside is easy in Uruguay. You will go from fishermen to cattle raisers in a couple of hours. Once with the gauchos, learn how they have created their fame with "hands-on": live the Uruguayan rural life.
The rich Uruguayan biodiversity
Either in the coast or on rural areas, you will be able to spot the Uruguayan biodiversity, like the sea lions in Cabo Polonio and other mammals in the countryside.
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