Hanging out with the gauchos in Uruguay
comment 1 Written by on January 6, 2010 – 9:54 am

"If you are a British teenager, we are not a party place nor an entertainment centre. If you are a 60-something North American, we do not have Sheraton-like facilities. We are a real South American ranch."

As soon as I received these words in an email from Uruguayan ranch owner Juan Manuel, I knew I was on to a good thing. Panagea ranch was the ideal place to ‘go local’ in the country’s little-visited, rural interior. I spent three days there in November learning how to ride a horse. As you can see in my Panagea review in the Guardian, I was not previously a fan of horses, but Juan Manuel is known for helping beginners gain confidence. Did it work? Well, I have already got into the saddle again – last month in San Juan province in Argentina. For someone who has always offered to ‘look after the bags’ while her travel companions embark on riding activities, this is quite an achievement.

I’d wholeheartedly recommend Panagea Lodge (as long as you’re not a party-mad teenager or Sheraton-loving retiree). It was a wonderful, homely experience and a real insight into country life. As a city lover through and through, there’s not much farm time in my life and I really enjoyed getting to muck in with daily activities.

As if that wasn’t enough, it costs just £24 a day. That’s all inclusive: accommodation, all food and drink, and riding instruction. As a travel journalist, there’s nothing more satisfying than coming across a real gem of a place at a price that’s accessible for all. Get in there quick before everyone does.

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One Response to “Hanging out with the gauchos in Uruguay”

  1. Hey, I went to Uruguay and Argentina and I found renting apartments more difficult in Montevideo. To get apartment for rent buenos aires
    I did some research and found one near the downtown that was really nice thanks to that service call ForRent. I liked both countries, but in Buenos Aires I had a little bit more fun.

    By Tiffany on Jan 9, 2010 | Reply

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