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Uruguay - Atlantic Coast Ride
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Horse Riding Holidays Uruguay – Atlantic Coast Ride

The Atlantic Coast Ride has been personally vetted by Zara and Jill (as have all our Horse Riding Holidays Uruguay). We do this to ensure that the quality of the horse riding, accommodation, food and scenery combine to provide only the best Horse Riding Holidays in Uruguay for our clients.

Don’t forget our Horse Riding Holidays GUARANTEE. You won’t find any of our Horse Riding Holidays in Uruguay at a lower price through any other source… and if you do we will refund the difference.

DATES & PRICES top

The Atlantic Coast Ride : 2016 Rates & Dates

NOTE: WE APOLOGISE FOR THE DELAY BUT WE ARE WAITING FOR 2017 RATES AND DATES TO BE SET FOR THIS RIDE. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN IT PLEASE EMAIL US AT INFO@ZARASPLANET.COM AND YOU WILL BE FIRST TO RECEIVE THE NEW RATES AND DATES AS THEY ARE SET IN STONE.  THANKS FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING. Warmest, Zara & Jill.

Rates are quote per person sharing. This is a set departure ride. Please ask for private ride rates.

7 night trip – £2,540/€3,520/$3,690
Single supplement – £360/€485/$530

Available dates:

  • 5 – 12 Mar
  • 9 – 16 Apr
  • 5 – 12 Nov
  • 26 Nov – 3 Dec

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

Uruguay is an amazing destination for a horse riding holiday – the Atlantic Coast Ride follows a coastal adventure where you will ride over the fertile rolling grasslands where cattle are farmed, staying in authentic estancias on the way and follow the wonderful coastline of the Atlantic ocean giving way to long, unspoilt, sandy beaches, perfect for galloping.

The experienced English horse woman Sally Vergette runs the Atlantic Coast Ride and you can expect top class horses and a good mix of authentic accommodation, where you’ll be warmly received. Joining you on your ride are local gauchos, which add to the cultural experience of this Atlantic Coast adventure, they’ll tend your horses and tell fascinating stories of their lives and traditions in this little known South American country.

The Atlantic Coast Ride route itself takes you over large estancias through some of Uruguay’s protected National Parks. You’ll also ride across sand dunes and along deserted sandy beaches, through groves of enormous palm trees and past inland lakes teeming with wildfowl – the name Uruguay means ‘river of the painted birds’ in the traditional Guaraní local language. The going is really good and there are lots of opportunities for exhilarating canters.

The Atlantic Coast Ride gives you the chance to visit historic Portuguese forts, spending your nights in authentic working estancias and beach-side hotels – you may even see dolphins, black necked swans, parrots and capybaras (the giant guinea pig like creatures of the South American wetlands) as you ride.

THE RIDING top

Horses – Mostly local Uruguayan Criollo, crossed with Thoroughbred & Quarter Horse. Generally between 14.2hh to 16hh, well suited to the terrain, responsive and forward going. There are at least two changes of horses during the ride (sometimes more) with one or more spare horse accompanying the group.

Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate to Advanced.

Tack – Western style with sheepskin covered saddle, which are very comfortable for the long hours of riding.

Weight Restriction – 210 lbs / 95 kgs / 15 stone.

Heavier weights can be accommodated with prior notice and a fee of £150 for an extra horse.

Group Size – 4 minimum and 12 maximum.

ACCOMMODATION top

A carefully chosen combination of local hotels and estancias. The older traditional properties have wonderful charm and are very comfortable, but the standard does vary and on some nights the accommodation is smaller and simpler. All rooms have their own private bathrooms.

Food on the Atlantic Coast rides is good quality and includes a combination of European and typical Uruguayan dishes, you’ll enjoy excellent beef and plenty of ‘asados’ (barbecues).

We have travelled the world testing a huge variety of horse riding holidays to make sure we offer you, our client, the best horse riding holiday experience possible.

Our horse riding holidays are thoroughly researched – we consider all the elements that go towards making our horse riding holidays collection the best in the world. We check the quality of the horses, if they are fit for the job, well produced and looked after. We make sure the riding terrain is good going, the countryside is interesting and, for example, on Classic Dressage horse riding holidays, the arenas are in good condition. We make sure the accommodation, whether it’s a five star hotel, a farmhouse or camping, is clean and comfortable, and offers a great night’s sleep. The food is all important too – we take the time to make sure we tell you if it’s cordon bleu, home cooked, or regional and locally sourced – above all it has to be delicious, plentiful and nourishing. Last but not least, we choose the horse riding holidays that have the best hosts, who are friendly, warm and welcoming.

It’s only when all these elements come together that we add a horse riding holiday into our hand-picked collection of horse riding holidays.

Horse Riding Holidays like the Atlantic Coast Ride are part of the Zara’s Planet collection of Horse Riding Holidays Uruguay.

Included – All the riding, accommodation, meals and airport transfers.

Excluded – Flights, dinner in Montevideo on the first night, personal expenditure including bar bills, laundry & telephone calls, tips.

Getting There
International flight to Montevideo, usually via Buenos Aires or Sao Paolo.

Transfer
Only a 25 minute transfer to the 4 star Balmoral Hotel or similar in the centre of Montevideo.

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

DAY 1

Met on arrival in Montevideo and transferred to the Balmoral Hotel or similar. Dinner (own expense) and the night in a hotel in Montevideo.

DAY 2

Breakfast and transfer about 4 - 5 hours to Rocha province with its pristine beaches. Arrive Parque Oceanico and after lunch met horse and guachos for a 3 hour ride. Dinner and the night at Parque Oceanico.

DAY 3

A full day ride heading along deserted beaches of the Atlantic coast to Santa Teresa National Park. Picnic lunch and continue to Punta del Diablo. Diner and night at Posada Nativos.

DAY 4

A short drive to Guardia del Monte, a working estancia on the shores of a lagoon. Today's ride takes you across pastures and through amazing ombue forest. After lunch continue through palm groves and then back to Guardia del Monte. A short transfer by car to Estancia El Sauce for dinner and the night.

DAY 5

Breakfast and set off riding on the estancia with its varied crops and vegetagation, explore the marshlands, teeming with birdlife, and a chance to witness the gauchos at work with the cattle. Return to the estancia for drinks by the pool. Dinner and night at El Sauce.

DAY 6

A short drive to meet new horses and head for the beach over grass covered sand dunes. There are plenty of chances to canter along the beach to Cabo Polonia, a small fishing village. Lunch at a restaurant on the beach and then ride on to Estancia El Charabon for dinner and the night.

DAY 7

A full day ride on the estancia through eucalyptus forests and across grasslands. A picnic lunch in the country before returning to the estancia for dinner and the night.

DAY 8

Breakfast and a morning ride, perhaps working alongside the gauchos. Lunch and transfer to Montevideo airport for your onward flight.

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Zara’s Planet Horse Riding Holidays Guarantee:

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

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Uruguay Holidays Testimonials

Rosey on Atlantic Coast Ride, Uruguay

I yearn to be back in Uruguay, I loved everything about it - Life seems such a dismally gaucho-free zone. It's so dull without glimpses of their amazing belts, boots, hats and their absolutely virtuoso riding...

Rosey from London