El Ceibo is a typical, South American sheep and cattle ranch set in farmland amid the gently rolling plains of Uruguay. But you are just one hour from the capital of Uruguay.

The ranch building dates back to 1849. At that time the local registrar performed weddings and christenings there. Thankfully the ranch has changed little. Even the wisteria which was planted back then still perfumes the central patio.

The ranch, or estancia as ranches are called in Spanish, is attended by owners, Carmen and Joselo, a couple originally from nearby Florida. The estancia has impressive views of the surrounding countryside. Joselo will take you out horse-riding for an hour in the morning and in the afternoon every day.

Most estancias take hours to reach, on poorly-maintained roads. El Ceibo is unusual in that it is just one hour from the centre of Montevideo and 1.5 hours from the airport. It is also just 20 minutes drive from Florida, the capital of the province, perfect for family members who prefer their Deepest Uruguay in doses

Total peace and quiet. Estancias in more remote parts of Uruguay may actually be close to a highway and you’ll see and hear cars occasionally. No roads pass by El Ceibo and you hear no traffic whatsoever. And of course, light pollution is minimal. Oh the Milky Way!

What’s included

  • Fireplaces in the living rooms and bedrooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Screens on all windows and mosquito nets for summer
  • English-speaking host with lots to tell you about Uruguay and the surrounding countryside
  • All inclusive price includes all activities and meals (bring your own beer and wine)
  • Flexible mealtimes
  • Horse-back riding twice daily for an hour
  • Walking and trekking
  • Access to a small beach and natural rock pool safe for swimming
  • Paddling a four-person canoe
  • Birdwatching, bird books and use of binoculars
  • Fishing

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Airport/Montevideo transfer El Ceibo can arrange a pickup from the airport. If you have time to spare and the inclination, Carmen has all the details about how you can take a three-hour bus journey which winds through the countryside passing through little villages using the Las Marias bus company.

Related reading

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