Montevideo Journals

Week on an Estancia in Uruguay

A January 2005 trip to Montevideo by Traveler707

Hosteria Estancia la Calera Photo, Montevideo, Uruguay More Photos
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!

Week on an Estancia in Uruguay

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Overview

Uruguay Photo, Montevideo, Uruguay
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Horse riding, napping by the pool, drinking great wine, sitting out on a blanket, looking at the stars, and learning how to 'manage our mate' Quick Tips: Learn Spanish! We did not speak Spanish well enough at all. Uruguay is not Mexico! It took a few days, but it turned out most of the young people and one other guy spoke English. NONE of the staff did. We had a dictionary and made passed-out notes that we wrote in advance. Even in the city, it was kind of a problem. We got by, but we are definitely signing up for a class!Best Way To Get Around: Definitely by BUS and taxi. We got a rental car. It was from Thrifty, and it was fun to have in a way, but it was expensive, and...Read More

Hosteria Estancia la Calera

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Hotel

Hosteria Estancia la Calera Photo, Montevideo, Uruguay
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Best Things Nearby:Miles and miles of open fields and rolling hills. More stars in the sky than I have ever seen. Best Things About the Resort:HORSES! Swimming pools, staff, ranching activitiesResort Experience:There was no additional charge for any of the horse riding activities. At 9am you could go out with the beginners horse walk Every afternoon at 5 pm there was the advanced group which was a flat out horse run. If you weren't advanced you could ride along in a horse drawn wagon wherever they were going. It was great for kids, there were many kids there and they all got to participate in the activities. It was definitely a good thing we stopped...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 25, 2005

Hosteria Estancia la Calera
Paraje Tres Arboles
Montevideo, Uruguay
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Mercado del Puerto

Restaurant

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We had lunch in Montevideo on our last day at the Puerto Market. What a sight that was! So much barbequing meat! It's all grass-fed (since it's more economical for them, actually) and was so good. 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...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 25, 2005

Mercado del Puerto
Perez Castellano and Piedras
Montevideo, Uruguay

Shopping

Attraction

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Devoto is the Wal-Mart of South America. There is everything there, from shoes to bread to blenders. Our luggage didn't make it from Miami, so we had to buy everything for our trip. I would have been lost without my pair of little ranceritas. They are little canvas shoes. The 'real' variety has jute-rope soles and is made of denim. Everybody in Uruguay, male and female, swears by their ranceritas!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 28, 2005

Shopping
Avenida Italia
Montevideo, Uruguay

Plaza Independencia

Attraction

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A grand plaza indeed. It is right off a walking street with many shops. The shops are all like boutiques. We bought a leather belt for a pretty good deal. Montevideo was one of the first cities with plumbing which brought running water. It was an easy walk from the Puerto Market to here. You can get good maps of Montevideo, which are put out by the Uruguay Natural.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 28, 2005

Plaza Independencia
Plaza Independencia
Montevideo, Uruguay