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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
  • We come back to you because we can rely on you and know that you won't leave us on the other side of the world in the hands of people who don't care!

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    JR, Nepal & Bhutan - December 2019