Estancia Guardia del Monte, Uruguay

Stay at the heart of a wildlife refuge. Experience life on a small estancia where you will be welcomed as a member of the family.

Estancia Guardia del Monte is 2,500 acre working ranch that’s packed full of big surprises. Firstly, it is a historic building dating back to 1800, with its own period charm. Yet there are only three guestrooms, so you quickly become a member of the family, and gain a feeling of what ranch life is like.

Then you step outdoors and realise that the vast ombu tree, that has taken on the shape of a fantastical sculpture, is not alone. There is a deeply fascinating forest of them within easy reach. Beyond lies a wetland refuge that has been designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO – and this is just the start of an unforgettable experience.

Estancia Guardia del Monte, at a glance

  • Historic 17th century ranch house in a unique UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • 2,500 acres of working ranch land
  • Three large, elegant rooms gathered around a charming courtyard
  • En suites and traditional décor
  • Open kitchen and lovely family dining room serving freshly prepared asados
  • Cosy fireplaces and a warm welcome

For leisure and pleasure

  • Become involved in the working life of the ranch
  • Walking and photographic expeditions to the fantastic ombu forest
  • Guided nature tours including wildflower discovery
  • Carriage rides
  • Outstanding bird watching
  • Visits to Laguna de Castillos, wetland areas, marshlands and forest
  • Boating and fishing
  • Town hall and museum visits
  • Sara could not have been more knowledgeable or helpful. She was very responsive and really listened to what we wanted.

    MN, Ecuador & Galapagos, 2014


  • 24/7 emergency contact
  • Established for 25 years
  • ATOL, ABTA, IATA protected


  • First-hand experience to every destination
  • Only the best guides and local partners used
  • All holidays designed to suit individual needs


  • 70% repeat and referral business
  • Support local charities world-wide
  • Access to senior directors 24/7