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Estancias

Estancias, or ranch-houses, are a relatively 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 draw cards of these sometimes-rustic, sometimes-luxurious 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).