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7 Days Discover the Beauty and Peacefulness of Pampas Horse Riding Holiday in Lavalleja, Uruguay

El Balcon del Abra, Camino a Cerros Blancos s/n, Mariscala, Lavalleja Department, Uruguay

Relaxing Horse Riding Holiday in Uruguay

Unknown paths through big farms will surprise you in an almost untouched environment. Experienced guides will guide you across lonely landscapes, climbing hills, forests, crossing water streams, to show the best parts of this natural country. You could participate, if you wish, in the daily work with the cattle, side by side with the gauchos or take amazing pictures of hundreds of different birds and wild animals. At the end of the day, relax and enjoy wine selections or your favorite drink in any of the garden lounges or beside the fireplace. Gourmet food prepared with love and products from the greenhouse is served every night under candles light as well as complete breakfasts in the mornings. What a blissful holiday!

Highlights

  • 3 to 6 hours riding per day
  • Possibility to do two shorter rides per day for beginners
  • Meek horses and basic instruction available for beginners
  • Support vehicles, radio and satellite emergency devices (SPOT)
  • Canoe tour in the quiet waters of Cebollatí or Aiguá rivers
  • Gourmet food, snacks, and best mineral water
  • 6 nights of superb accommodation
  • Personal attention

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 days with activities in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Portuguese, Spanish
Airport transfer available:
Carrasco Gral. Cesáreo L. Berisso International Airport (US$50 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Capitán de Corbeta Carlos A. Curbelo International Airport (US$50 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Golf course
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Bicycle rental
  • Library

El Balcon del Abra offers unique landscapes, superb comfort, and the charm of a small posada with only eight rooms. The posada is located in a well-kept park with beautiful trees and tall palms. Deck chairs, that can be placed according to taste, forming small intimate islands for resting and enjoying the spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and hills.

In January 2010, a large "biotop" ecological pool was built offering the possibility of swimming in a totally natural environment. In the park, there are different possibilities for sitting at tables of different sizes, where you can have lunch or snack in a more intimate setting.

A covered barbecue area with oven offers multiple possibilities for cooking outdoors. In front of the barbecue, there is a long gallery, with jasmine-covered columns leaving a unique perfume in flowering season. A huge table with long benches allows a large group of people to enjoy great food during most months of the year. Also at the entrance, there are two outdoor galleries with large columns, covered with climbing roses.

In the back of the main building, a convenient staircase leads to a balcony that offers unique panoramic views. Behind the barbecue area, there is a large vegetable garden and three small greenhouses. The vast majority of the products for the posada's kitchen are organically produced there and harvested in season, making them as fresh as can be.

In the space between the kitchen and dining room, there is a round table for separate meals (maximum of six people). Moreover - as already mentioned - you can eat in an intimate setting anywhere in the park. The posada is happy to adjust to the wishes of their customers to provide you with a service that offers maximum comfort. The ample spaces of the main house and the park are the ideal settings to respect the privacy of guests in a warm and select atmosphere. Not forgetting to mention the extensive cellar of fine wines and spirits.

The comfortable lounge with its eye-catching fireplace invites you to relax, watch a large satellite TV, enjoy music, or engage in long conversations. The corner with the panoramic window invites you to contemplate the landscape, read, or share moments that you might remember forever.

Main house

  • Standard room: Double bed with a private bathroom outside the room
  • Standard suite: King size bed and a fireplace
  • Twin bedded suite: 2 large single beds and big bathroom
  • Junior suite: King size bed, lounge with fireplace, terrace, and big bathroom

Secondary house

  • Romantic suite: King size bed with canopy, big bathroom, and fireplace
  • Family suite: King size bed, 2 single beds, roomy, lounge, fireplace, and big bathroom
  • Deluxe suite: 2 queen size beds in the main room, king size bed in an attached room, and very big bathroom

Program

Circuit options

Mar de Piedras (36 kilometers)

Crossing three farms, climbing some hills and riding on gravel roads, the top (one of the highest points of the area) of the main hill chain is reached which is surrounded by volcanic Basaltic rocks. Then the ride goes over the hills until a gravel road to go back to the Posada.

Bonomi Hereford and Quarter Horse Farm (32 kilometers)

A ride by internal paths are through different farms to reach one of the most important Hereford and American Quarter Horses breeder's farm. Return by a parallel way through different farms.

Cerro de Hernández (25 kilometers)

Mostly by gravel roads is a 10-kilometer climb to the highest hill of Mariscala area and returning by another gravel road.

Cementerio (30 kilometers)

By gravel and grass roads, you will have a visit to an abandoned private cemetery from the beginning of 20th century.

Mariscala (20 kilometers)

Ride around and into the small town of Mariscala, visiting some stores where is possible to buy souvenirs and gaucho clothes and accessories.

Arroyo Aiguá (20 kilometers)

Ride to the shore of Aigua river, canoe tour for one to one and a half hours, picnic and ride back.

José Ignacio

Transfer by car to the famous beach of José Ignacio, ride on the beach, transfer back. Snacks and/or picnic included.

The order of the rides is not fixed. Your guide will adjust it with clients depending on weather, fatigue, or willing.

Location

El Balcón del Abra is located amidst the hills of Lavalleja Department, a few minutes from the small town of Mariscala, and only 184 kilometers from the capital Montevideo, Uruguay.

Distances

  • Montevideo, 184 kilometers

Features

Activities

  • Golf course
  • Horse riding
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain walking
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Balcony
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Hammock

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Library
  • Tour assistance

Food

El Balcon del Abra's restaurant offers a great breakfast buffet with a variety of French cheeses, fresh fruits from their own garden, Spanish and Italian hams, fresh juices, milk, honey from the country, homemade sweets, etc.

For lunch and dinner, delicious meals home care prepared with selected ingredients most from their greenhouse. The restaurant only serves premium meats and fishes and it uses to be two or three options for your choice.

Deserts deserve a special chapter, better to discover!

You could enjoy your meal even better with the wine selection the restaurant has. Some other drinks are available at the bar. For tea time, offered are Brazilian coffee, different teas, incredible brownies, cakes, toasts, sandwiches, etc.

There is a large table for up to 12 people in the main room, a smaller for 8 beside the main (closed gallery), the outside table for 16 (open gallery) and the rounded at the kitchen. The meals are served to all the guests together but under request they can be served in a separate and private table.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

In the summertime, it is fantastic to swim in the biotop swimming pool and receive a relaxing massage under the Ceibos shadow. You could also combine the horse rides with a canoe tour in the quiet waters of Cebollatí or Aiguá rivers.

Activities available

Visits to other farms

It is possible to arrange visits to neighbor’s farms to see cattle handling, cow milking, sheep shearing, etc. This activity depends on year time and the handling of each farmer

Trekking

There are a lot of paths and circuits for trekking with or without climbing in the property and hills from the surrounding area. There are fantastic views along the different ways and is normal to see a lot of wild animals in their natural environment. Guided tours start from 30 USD.

Canoeing

A must for those who love nature, wildness, and peace. The quietness of the water allows the fast slide of the canoes on both ways of the river Aigua. The rowing is always done with a guide, safety equipment, and radio communication. The posada supplies a nice picnic which is usually taken in any of the hiding small beaches on the riverside.

For well-trained people, you will be taken to the faster river Cebollatí and the duration of the tours is adaptable to the customers.

Costs start from 40 USD per person, for a minimum of two pax, including transfers to the river, equipment, food, and hydration.

Mountain biking

The topography of the area offers the best roads, paths, and circuits for the practice of mountain biking. There are circuits for every skill levels. The posada provides some bicycles for rent and expert guides with good knowledge of the sport and the area. Guided tours include rescue in case of mechanical problems or accidents.

Bike rental costs 20 USD, while a guided tour 25 USD.

Golf

The posada has a 200-yard golf driving range at El Balcón del Abra. You can take lessons with Ursula Heinen, owner of the posada and excellent golf player with a lot of experience and lot of prizes won in Spain. Cost of lessons is 35 USD. The use of the driving range is free for players with own equipment.

Free fly

There are some take off-ramps for hang-gliders and paragliders in the posada's own hill and some other from the area. The posada offers transfers, take-off assistance, and rescue service. They also have a hang gliding school with all the equipment and good training hills to learn this fantastic sport with safety. Book your paramotor tandem flight over the hills with an instructor! If you fly Ultralights, small planes, or aero models, the posada provides two runways of 300 meters each.

Off-road tours

The posada offers tours to some touristic places such as Salamanca Caves, Penitente waterfall, Villa Serrana, and Cuervos Canyon. Also tours with fantastic views by quiet country roads in comfortable 4x4 vehicles. For those in search of adventure, the posada offers big trail motorcycle tours. They also teach off-road motorcycle driving techniques.

Relaxing massages

Nothing better to finish an intense activity or sports day or just to make your rest even deeper than a good relaxing massage session. You can get it in your room or, in summer, under the shadow of a tree in the garden or beside the swimming pool. Prices start from 30 USD.

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 7 riding days
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and picnics)
  • Canoe tour if selected
  • Coffee and tea
  • Guiding
  • Helmet rent
  • Mineral water coming from the posada's own well
  • Transfer to the beach and back

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Alcoholic drinks

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at either Capitán de Corbeta Carlos A. Curbelo International Airport (PDP) or Carrasco Gral. Cesáreo L. Berisso International Airport (MVD). Transfer from and to these airports is available upon request. The price is 200 USD.

Arrival by bus

Riders could also arrive to Posada El Balcon del Abra driving (rented car) or by bus (lots of daily frequencies from and to Montevideo, a three-hour trip) in which case, they can offer free transfers in-out.

Airport: Carrasco Gral. Cesáreo L. Berisso International Airport Airport transfer available: Carrasco Gral. Cesáreo L. Berisso International Airport (US$50 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Capitán de Corbeta Carlos A. Curbelo International Airport Airport transfer available: Capitán de Corbeta Carlos A. Curbelo International Airport (US$50 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Shorter tours are available:​

  • 5 days/4 ngihts: 1,900 USD per person sharing rooms. 
  • 3 days/2 nights: 1,000 USD per person sharing rooms. 
  • Single-use increases by 20%
  • Both tours do not include Jose Ignacio ride.

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