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Discover the Latin American tourism gem of Uruguay, a comparatively tiny country with only three million inhabitants. With a beautifully temperate climate and lush, sparsely populated terrain, there’s no better way of exploring this peaceful country than on a horseback riding tour.
As the second smallest nation in South America, Uruguay has long been overlooked by adventure tourists. That is, until recently - in the past few years the peso has depreciated dramatically in value, yet at the same time political stability and foreign relations have improved to such an extent that Uruguay is regarded the most stable in Latin America (as well as an unemployment rate below that of the UK.) As a result, the country has become an affordable and safe place to visit.
Although an up-and-coming tourist destination, Uruguay is by no means overpopulated. In fact, of its three million inhabitants, almost exactly a third of these live in the capital of Montevideo. That leaves only two million people spread out over the rest of the countryside, an area about the size of England and Wales. If you want to ride in a country untouched by modern civilisation, Uruguay will be right up your alley.
You’ll get to take a little time in the aforementioned city of Montevideo at the start of the trip. It’s a place which has openly embraced tourism, but not in a bad way it is an awesome city and you will love every minute you spend in it. Over the course of the horse back riding tour, you’ll be exposed to the very best of what Uruguay has to offer; pristine beaches, rocky hills, deserted forts, clear lagoons, desert sand dunes and eucalyptus forests. Staying at cattle ranches (estancias) along the way, you’ll even be able to connect with your inner cow boy/girl by helping the gauchos to round up their cattle and sheep.
The tour operator running this trip is British owned and have been organising riding trips in South America for thirteen years - part of that time the owner, Sally, has been showing people around the continent with local horse experts. It is with these riders that you will spend this holiday, following a masterly crafted itinerary leading you through the beauty of Uruguay.
Previous riding experience will be necessary to participate on this tour. It’s an easy paced schedule with a low altitude and easy gradient terrain (as opposed to some of the neighbouring tours such as Argentina and Ecuador.) Having said that, riders must be comfortable at faster speeds in open country (canter/run). You will not be comfortable on this horseback riding tour unless you feel you can control a reasonably trained horse in open terrain at all paces.
That said, although Uruguay is an undeniably beautiful country more advanced riders or thrill seekers may wish to step it up a notch. This particular tour operator runs horse riding treks all across South America - basically, if you’re game for a challenge, they’ll cater.
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