We spent 3 nights at El Ceibo in late December and absolutely loved it. It is not a "hotel" in any way or a commercial-type dude ranch. This family is sharing their home and property with you in a friendly, intimate way. It's more like a home stay. You can do as much or as little as you wish.
Joselo will find a horse that fits your ability and you can simply ride around the area or herd cattle and sheep. The co-owner, Carmen, speaks fluent English and is very helpful in every way you could hope for. Joselo speaks primarily Spanish and it was good practice to hang out with him; their son does indeed do an amazing job of translating as another guest mentioned. There is a wonderful cook in residence, Beatrice, and the food is fantastic and plentiful. There's also good wine with every meal and cold beers in the fridge.
Ask them about the amazing church in Florida that contains offerings people have made over the years. It's hard to explain, but definitely a MUST SEE experience.
Carmen was great prior to the trip in terms of email and was also available by phone when we got to Montevideo. El Ceibo is an aspect of Uruguay well worth exploring and we are so thankful we stayed there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Estancia El Ceibo is a country lodge, a working cattle ranch in the south of Uruguay. Offers to its visitors the posibility of sharing the real gaucho and family life of the country. Excellent to all levels of riders offers the posibility to the beginers or the experieced ones.Just for a short saty of 2 days or a "all included one week horse back vacaction "Among all kind of activities related with the natural way of country family life since walking inside the property forest,just relax besides the river, canoeing , swimming or fishing in the natural big lagoon, bird watching or sharing deliciuos barbecue while sharing the preparation.Fresh and clean air , full moon, stary night sunny or rainy days all seasons worth coming.One hour driving from Montevideo , by car or bus. Transfer from/ to Montevideo city, airport or any other location in the country is posible. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Estancia Hosteria El Ceibo Uruguay/Florida