URUGUAY

Horse Trekking, Haciendas and Lighthouses

I had the amazing opportunity to spend a week horse trekking in the Sierras de Rocha with the welcoming hosts, Caballos de Luz, a combination of staying at their rustic but very comfortable farmstead, another small homestead and camping. The horses were perfect, trained with love and care with something to suit every riding level. We visited the highest point in the country along with a small waterfall at a working ranch and wandered many scenic paths. Afterwards, I hitched a ride to the coast for a few days of relaxation in La Paloma.

Caballos de Luz

Caballos de Luz

Caballos de Luz

The main house at Caballos de Luz, home of the welcoming Lucie and Santiago where freshly cooked vegetarian meals are served on the main level and one can relax in a hammock on the balcony. There is a cozy guest room on the lower level with a private bath, small propane stove to heat coffee or tea and a double bed with plenty of blankets.

I can't help but think it looks right out of the Lord of the Rings, like an above-ground Hobbit house and that is a very good thing.

Caballos de Luz

View in the morning from the lower level guest bedroom.

Caballos de Luz

All the farm fresh local food anyone could want. In a country of dedicated meat eaters and some very high quality beef, the best meals I ate were Lucie and Santi's vegetarian home cooking. Home baked bread, cheese from the next farm over, greens from the garden, eggs from another stop on the drive in from town, home made gnocchi with fennel from the garden. All with such a view.

Caballos de Luz

Caballos de Luz

Trekking

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La Paloma. The off season is very quiet in this vacation town but while the water is chilly, the beaches are clean and the pace of life is slow

View from Santa Maria Lighthouse

View from Santa Maria Lighthouse

 

Santa Maria Lighthouse