Inland you’ll find the heart of what some consider the 'real' Uruguay with estancias sprinkled throughout the rural landscape and some beautiful, rarely-visited nature reserves. Rolling hills, forests and pastureland with livestock, and a variety of crops and vineyards epitomize Uruguay's 'gaucho country'. There are several estancias offering a range of activities (including riding), which can make a pleasant alternative to staying in a more conventional hotel.
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Estancia/Ranch - Cerro Colorado - only open at the weekends except for groupsA small, traditional, family run estancia with lots of history. Comfortable, individually decorated rooms, lovely gardens, beautiful wisteria covered veranda and extensive grounds with amazing Monkey Puzzle trees. Horses.
Country hotel - Cerro ColoradoFounded in 1854 by Pedro Jose Jackson, the original colonial main building was declared a National Historical Monument in 1997. It has lovely whitewashed walls and original Spanish tiles, and has now been converted into a family run country hotel. There is so much character, in particular the reception and library.