Dos Lunas Estancia © David
Visitors can sample the gaucho (cowboy) lifestyle at Uruguay's estancias (ranch-houses). Fishing, star-gazing, occasional bonfires, horse-riding excursions across the country's pampas (grasslands), and visits to tanneries are all part of the experience. Options range from basic ranch-houses, where visitors breakfast on galleta de campana (a type of biscuit that lasts for a week), to establishments with pools, saunas and libraries.
All in all, Estancias are an integral aspect of the country's identity. Along with a taste for Asado (barbeque) and life in the saddle, visitors will come away with an intimate connection to Uruguay's culture.