Highlights of Uruguay: Estancias and Beaches

Uruguay is famous for its estancias and beaches, and this 6 day Uruguay tour offers both. Visit Colonia and Montevideo before heading east to a traditional estancia for two nights for horseback riding and a glimpse at the gaucho culture. The trip ends with two days in the coastal village of La Pedrera at an ecolodge located on the beach.

Arrive Colonia

Arrive today to Colonia del Sacramento by ferry from Buenos Aires and transfer to your hotel in the historic district.  In the afternoon take a walking city tour along the cobbled streets of the old town of Colonia.  This is an exciting opportunity to visit the best sights of the city of Colonia. Due to its colonial beginnings, the city's layout is different from the majority of Uruguayan cities. Its cobbled streets and houses alternate with small bars, excellent restaurants, art and craft shops, museums and a large yacht harbor. The trip can be customized based on the specific interests of the group, but travelers will often visit the beach promenade, Real de San Carlos with its bullfighting arena, the Old Town, and the museums.

Day 2

Montevideo City Tour. Estancia Balcon Del Abra

After a private transfer to Montevideo, take a morning, guided city tour of this cosmopolitan city and visit the lively Port Market and the Ciudad Vieja (the colonial historic neighborhood).  

In the afternoon, you will continue to the small town of Mariscala in the Province of Lavalleja (two hours from Montevideo) to a small posada called Balcon del Abra, a charming farm surrounded by hills and dedicated to the breeding of horses.

Day 3

Estancia Balcon del Abra Free Day

Today is a full day horseback trip among the rolling hills to a neighboring estancia where lunch will be waiting.  Return to the Estancia Balcon del Abra in the afternoon and to relax in the evening.

Days 4-5

La Pedrera

After breakfast, travel by private vehicle to La Pedrera, a quaint coastal village on the emerald coast of Uruguay.  Here among the dunes is your home for the next two nights, the Pueblo Barranco Ecolodge.   The geological rock formations on this part of the coast create the perfect balcony to watch the big ocean, and its sandy beaches and clear water are inviting.  Also known for its casual atmosphere, La Pedrera is that kind of place where time flows freely:  You sleep when you need it, you eat when you are hungry, and you dress comfortably all the time.

Day 6

  • Breakfast

Return to Montevideo

After breakfast, a private transfer will take you to Montevideo to either the port (to return to Buenos Aires) or to the airport for an evening flight to your next destination or to return home.

Tour Cost
Total Cost (USD)


$415 single supplement

$1675 during peak season


  • 5 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners
  • 5 Nights Accommodations
    • 1 Night Hotel
    • 4 Nights Lodge
  • 2 Days Private Guide Service
  • 2 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are included.


  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $180 Meals not Included
  • $30 Airport Departure Tax
  • $60 Optional Excursions
  • $75 One-Way Ferry Ticket from Buenos Aires to Colonia
  • $115 One-Way Ferry Ticket from Montevideo to Buenos Aires