The estancia is in the middle of nowhere, on a hill overlooking a lake and the hilly grasslands. It is quiet, serene and relaxing just to soak in the views. The road is a dirt road but even after 18 hours of (pouring) rain, it was still possible to drive back to the main road. And it was easy to find if you follow the directions given on the website.
We were the only guest during our two nights stay so maybe it was even more quiet then usual and we had the whole place for ourselves. We enjoyed the home cooked meals. It is honest food and well prepared. Our room was next to the lounge and very roomy. The estancia is an older building and that shows in the (bath)rooms. But you can't expect a modern, sleek outfit in an historic home.
Thanks to the persuasion of the resident gaucho Santiago, we got on a horse for the first time of our lives and it was a great experience to ride to the hidden waterfalls. Even for us beginners it was doable! So the next day we went out again and played a bit being gauchos, herding the cows. Uhhh, and we are ever so sorry for letting the bull escape.....
The host was not present but the rest of the staff were attentive. The whole experience is in between a B&B and a lodge: it has a homely feel, there are outings available but without the feeling of being 'herded' by the clock.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Estancia Aguila Blanca is a cattle ranch hidden in the "sierras" in Lavalleja, Uruguay. 1000 hectares of amazing landscapes, learn about tipical farm chores and working with cattle. Enjoy 4 by 4 excursions, horse-riding, kayaking, fishing and much more. You eill see all kinds of birds and animals in the wild, from capibaras to swans, "ñandú" (ostredge), armadillos, and many more. Feel the warm welcome of the estancia´s owners and feel at home in Aguila Blanca. ... more less