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Estancias

Estancias, or ranch-houses, are a new and exciting addition to the gamut of tourist attractions in Uruguay. Tourists from all over the world are invited to visit these establishments - invariably, cattle ranches located in the pampas (grasslands) of South America - and to experience the gaucho (cowboy) way of life, through a series of fun outdoor activities, such as horse riding, star-gazing, guided walking tours of the country, visits to dairies and tanneries, and much more. One of the biggest drawcards of these sometimes-rustic, sometimes-grandiloquent lodges, is the home-cooked food that's typically on offer: you haven't tried asado (Uruguay's national dish) until you've had it prepared in a cocina de estancia (farmhouse kitchen). The pick of the bunch (not least of all because it's got an English website), is San Pedro de Timote, located about 14km from the beautiful city of Cerro Colorado.