Cristina, Raul, Maria, Gonzalo and Victoria, thankyou!
We would like to reccomend this beautiful family's estancia to all those looking for a genuine experience of simple and natural farm life
Cristina and Raul live in a beautiful 1700 Spanish-style building in the midst of endless land in Flores, an Uruguayan department where you can also find archeology and geology to study if you wish
But we went there to live the farm life the old ways and we spent days on horseback with Maria, an experienced farmer and horse riding teacher, talking patiently to us for hours to tell us all she knew about her land, her life there and even the history of the place. Not only, she eventually managed teaching us all how to properly ride a horse till we dared to even gallop in many an occasion. We were invited to help her grouping a herd of cows while Gonzalo, the son of Cristina and Raul took care of the ranch itself back at the farm or in the immense herding and farming grounds the family owns there: the land is so vast that we never crossed the same place twice!!
And if the emotion of browsing the land on horseback, learning to know the horses, the land and its secrets were not enough, Cristina was outstanding: her care for us was as genuine as the land she lives on: always present to our needs, yet never invasive, always there with a tea or a coffee, caring for the fireplace and directing the house-keeping with a light yet firm hand. In this she is helped by a couple of people, a cook and a maid, which we thank as well for cooking such pleasant and every day different food for us, breakfast, lunch and dinner with abundance and good taste, for caring for our nice and cozy rooms, for even washing our clothes (it was already 15 days we were aorund when we got to the estancia and the bags were full of dirty clothes to wash!)
It was definitely our best time in South America (Brasil, Uruguay and Perù) and a place and people that remain in our hearts for their kindness and simple generosity
- Also Known As:
- San Martin Del Yi Uruguay/Flores Department