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Haras las Tordillas offers unique fast rides through the grass pastures of the open country with outstanding landscapes! Each day, they will bring unexpected and exciting experiences and sights. The horse ranch exclusively houses Arabian thoroughbred horses that are perfectly well tamed and trained; and for which a certain riding experience is needed.
A sanctuary for the soul; ideal for romance, relaxation, and rejuvenation, this ranch is the ultimate destination for a luxurious escape. With natural architecture embracing the Uruguayan beautiful countryside, the private cabins blend rustic elegance, comfort, and privacy. Haras Las Tordillas is a 30-acre horse farm property. The main residence has a large communal dining/living room and wide veranda, which overlook the horses grazing in the field, the pool, and garden with native plants and trees.
Haras Las Tordillas Lodge has four separate studio-style cabins for single and double/twin occupancy. All rooms have their own bathroom with a shower and toilet. During the center-based riding programs, guests will stay at Las Tordillas, riding out every day to different locations and returning to Las Tordillas in the afternoon.
You will be accommodated in one of the four cabins that offer approximately 35 square meters or 115 square feet of space. Each room has either a king-size bed or two single beds appointed with fine cotton linen and quilted duvets. All have well-equipped bathrooms and hardwoods. All rooms come with a balcony and all have open views overlooking the Uruguayan typical countryside. Also included at the cabins are air-conditioning and heating, hairdryer, Wi-Fi, and a minibar.
The ranch also offers one extra-large cabin with 65 square meters or 213 square feet of space. This cabin has one bedroom with a king-size bed, private bathroom, one bar or kitchen, one living room, a dining room with a fireplace, cable TV, and a huge terrace with a magnificent view.
Arrive at Montevideo airport and take a taxi (approximately 30 USD) to Don Boutique Hotel (or similar), in the heard of Montevideo’s Old Town, the main tourist neighborhood and financial center of Montevideo. You'll be strategically located within walking distance of the best restaurants, art galleries, theaters, typical coffee shops, and museums of Montevideo.
After breakfast at the hotel, you'll be transferred to the ranch, approximately a two-hour drive (130 kilometers). On arrival at the ranch, you'll be shown to your room, a private cabin with all amenities, and then you will be able to meet the horses.
After an extensive home-cooked lunch out on the terrace if the weather permits, you'll get acquainted with your horse for the week on a one-hour ride around the local area. In the evening dinner, you will be served at the ranch along with wine from local vineyards.
Breakfast will be served between 08:30 to 9 a.m. You'll then set out on today's ride, which takes you through pine forests. You'll cross streams on horseback and be able to admire the magnificent views that surround the ranch. Lunch will be a picnic in the open countryside at a handpicked spot. The ride takes about 4-5 hours. Dinner and lodging back at the ranch.
After breakfast, you'll ride in the direction of a renowned local vineyard; the Viña Eden Winery, with a lunch stop at the typical Uruguayan restaurant Posta de Vaimaca. After lunch, you'll continue your ride to the winery where you'll be treated to a guided tour and a tasting of their wines. Back to the ranch by private transfer and dinner.
Breakfast at the ranch and private transfer to pick up the horses. Today, you'll ride in the direction of the olive plantation and oil extraction plant of Lote 8 with a stop in the open country for a picnic lunch. Once you arrive at Lote 8, you'll have a guided tour of their olive grove and offered a tasting of wines and samples of their products.
Lote 8 is located in Eden Valley, a spot of rugged beauty, strategically located at the foot of Dos Hermanos hill, northwest of Punta del Este. Its numerous natural streams with very good water further contribute an advantage to grow olive trees on the slopes, which has allowed an excellent product to the beauty of the rolling land. Ride back to the ranch in time for dinner. Dinner at the ranch.
After breakfast, you'll have a 3-hour ride in the countryside immediately surrounding the ranch. There'll be time for lunch and wine at the ranch before a 3 p.m. transfer to the city of Minas. You'll have the afternoon free to explore this fascinating town before being transferred back to the ranch in time for dinner.
After breakfast, ride to the waterfall, where, weather permitting, you'll be able to cool off swimming in the waterfall's natural pools. A real highlight of the week. You'll picnic next to the waterfall and ride back to the ranch for the last night's dinner.
After breakfast, say goodbye to your hosts and transfer back to Montevideo airport.
Trail riding holidays with Haras Las Tordillas are for experienced (good intermediate to advanced) riders only. For the minimum riding ability required (intermediate), you are expected to have a firm and balanced seat, had formal riding lessons to master the basic horse riding aids and skills, be confident and capable to control a fit and forward going horse in all paces (including long stretches of posting trot and gallops) in open, varied, sometimes challenging, country, and to be able to mount and dismount unassisted.
It is a great advantage if you are a fit and proficient rider. Beginner and novice riders and children are not suitable for Tordillas' rides. For safety reasons, they reserve the right to prevent a client from riding if they feel they do not fulfill any of the above competence levels.
Rides go into remote and isolated areas with limited mobile phone reception and assistance from third parties not immediately available.
Haras las Tordillas has eight thoroughbred Arabians; their ages vary between six and 10 years; they live outside in the herd year-round and are occasionally stabled during bad weather. The horses are schooled and well trained for long distance trail riding, forward going, spirited, responsive, and in excellent condition.
Some of the horses are suitable for intermediate riders and some are only for advanced riders. Every effort is made to match the horse and the rider.
The tack is of a very high standard and kept in good condition. All saddles are American Western leather style and there is a small saddle bag to carry a water bottle (supplied), personal items for the day, and lunch, on some days.
Except for the first day (2 to 3hours), all rides are 4 to 5 hours. This is broken up by lunch (minimum of one hour) and, sometimes, an extra refreshment stop. Horses are unsaddled for lunch. After each stop, riders lead the horses for a few minutes to loosen the horses' (and the riders') muscles before mounting. Ride pace is varied and moderate and allows fast canters and galloping. From a riding level perspective, all riding tours are similar.
Maximum weight is 85 kilos. Advanced riders of up to 90 kilos will be considered depending on their height. For the horses' sake, it is important that you give Las Tordillas your accurate weight (even if you are not close to the weight limit) because of the size and light frame of the Arabian horses, the pace of the rides, the hot weather in the summer, and the partly steep terrain. They plan the groups carefully according to the rider abilities and weight so that it will be suitable for the horses and more enjoyable for you.
Guests can offer to help with the horses and get their horse ready in the morning, saddle and unsaddle, and wash and clean up the horse and tack, if they want (always supervised); but this is by no means compulsory or expected.
The guide carries a special mobile phone for regional areas (but not with 100% reception). Riding helmets must be worn at all times while riding.
Non-riders are accepted but it is recommended for them to have a rental car to explore the area. The non-riders can sometimes travel with the support vehicle to the lunch spot and can also be transported to other accommodations if required (during treks).
Cristina Glenz, the owner/operator of the ranch guides all rides. Casual workers, depending on group size, provide additional support (e.g. support vehicle for transfers and bringing lunch).
Haras Las Tordillas is located in the department of Maldonado, at a distance of 60 kilometers from Punta Del Este and 16 kilometers from Pueblo Éden.
Pueblo Eden is a small town, with a population of just a few hundred, set in a rural area of hills, valleys, and granite outcroppings. It is located 40 kilometers north of Punta del Este on Ruta 12. Pueblo Eden’s town center has a large lawn plaza with benches and palm trees, bordered by a small chapel, a public school, and small homes. A hidden paradise between the hills surrounding this area is an authentic "slow town" located at only 16 kilometers from Haras Las Tordillas.
Known as the Saint Tropez of South America because of its beautiful beaches, plus the sophisticated tourist infrastructure and the outlandish discotheques, casinos, and world-class restaurants. It was considered the most luxurious summer resort in South America by Forbes magazine.
Lote 8 is located in Eden Valley, a spot of rugged beauty, strategically located at the foot of Dos Hermanos Hill, northwest of Punta del Este, past La Barra and José Ignacio. Its numerous natural streams with very good water further contribute an advantage to grow olive trees on the slopes, which has allowed adding up an excellent product to the beauty of the rolling land.
The estate has enough water, a key element in plant development, to ensure a growing speed similar to that of the Mediterranean basin, the main area of olive production in the world. Its climate is very much like the Mediterranean, with mild winters, rainy falls and springs, and dry and warm summers.
Their extra virgin olive oils are produced from their own olives, harvested by hand. They undergo a cold extraction system with Pieralisi technology. Upon extraction, they are stored in stainless steel tanks under controlled atmosphere. All of the oils have an acidity lower than 0.2 %.
Emphasis is on fresh homecooked meals and light salad lunches. Vegetarian diets can be catered for (request on booking).
Soft drinks (Coke and Diet Coke ), water, tea, and coffee are freely available on a self-serve basis, as well as wine with the dinner. Beer and other alcoholic beverages are not included in the rates.
The restaurant is open every day from 12 a.m. to 6 p.m., except on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The restaurant offers exquisite lunches and dinners with a menu that changes daily. Guests can relax by the pool and take in the splendid views or explore what nature has to offer and/or participate in any of the rides on perfectly trained Thoroughbred Arabian horses.
The winery was designed in three levels, aiming at using the force of gravity to contribute to the movements of grapes and wine in the different production stages. The process starts at the highest level where grapes are received and processed and finishes with wine maturing and aging in the cellar, nestled in the hill´s stone, which offers ideal light, temperature, and moisture conditions.
Horse riding is the priority at Las Tordillas and most of the days are filled with it. Afternoons after the rides are mostly spent at leisure, reading, snoozing, pool, and walking. Uruguay may be one of the smallest countries in South America but it has become a big player when it comes to offering exclusive wine experiences to wine-loving tourists.
Join a wonderful adventure around some of the stunning wine regions of this beautiful country. Uruguay is known for its abundant natural beauty, formidable colonial influence, numerous beach towns, friendly locals, and an overall laid-back atmosphere. It is also recently being recognized as a wine lover's paradise.
Uruguay wine tours will offer you a peek into the history behind the growth of the wine industry in this country. You will understand how the humble Tannat grape soon became the flagship varietal of the country. Las Tordillas' exclusive wine tours in Uruguay can see you wander around some of the best vineyards of the country as you learn the secrets of making Uruguayan wines.
Indulge in a private guided wine and food pairing session, explore the local wine trail which will take you along several famous wineries where you can take part in visits, tastings, and even wine festivals and events.
Carrasco Gral. Cesáreo L. Berisso International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$30 per person
Las Tordillas arranges pick-up transfers from anywhere in Punta Del Este and Montevideo (airport, bus stop, town center, or hotel). Unless you have a car, you will need a pick-up transfer, as there is no public transport. Arrival transfer times are fixed. Extra transfers at a different time may incur an additional transfer fee, depending on circumstances. Please check with Las Tordillas before booking your flight to confirm if the times are suitable. For the departure day, earlier transfer times can be requested, particularly if you have an international connecting flight.
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