A January 2005 trip
to Montevideo by Traveler707
Quote: This January, my husband and I had one of our top three vacations at an estancia in Uruguay. We relaxed by the pool and rode horses everyday!
It was definitely a good thing we stopped at the market before we got there because the 'supermarket' that was 4km away from the place was really like a mini mart-meets-Little House on the Prairie sort of thing in somebody's house. Definately didn't take Visa there. :)
They no longer have the all-inclusive plan. The rooms were really just okay. I think they are in the process of renovating. The kitchen and bathroom were all tastefully redone, but the rest really needed painting, and the sofa pull bed was of bar in the back hell variety. The day bed was comfortable. The one-bedrooms would be a better bet, as they have real beds.
The staff was great, and Luichi did everything from receptionist to horse riding guide, cattle roping, cow milking, and showing us how to make a proper Uruguayan barbeque.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 25, 2005
Hosteria Estancia la Calera
Paraje Tres Arboles
It was a huge pile of grilled steak, chicken, pork, and sausages for $12, which more than fed two of us.
There are a ton of places in there to choose from, and they all have basically the same thing, so it's really up to you where you want to sit. We chose the one that has a balcony overlooking the square. Since they realize they are directly competing, they have like 'hawkers' or whatever you call those people that come up to you and say, "come into my restaurant." They may offer you free stuff to choose theirs.
Definitley go there when you are hungry!
Mercado del Puerto
Perez Castellano and Piedras
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 28, 2005