Experience deepest Uruguay from your very own wood & stone cabin with 360° views of the northern sierras, horse riding and trekking.
If you are looking to experience Uruguay countryside at its most authentic, choose Finca Paraíso Escondido, which translates as Hidden Paradise Farm. Your hosts invite you to their small farm with its animals, wide-open sunsets and sunrises and regional cooking.
I was delighted when an old gaucha friend recommended the farm. She told me that Mariela and Hugo are doing wonderful things in the Uruguayan countryside. I haven’t had a chance to visit yet but Nahir’s recommendation and the couple’s five star Google reviews make them worth featuring here.
The cabin sleeps three (double bed and a single bunk bed), ensuite bathroom and kitchenette. Most guests tend to choose full board and eat with the family returning to the cabin with its picture windows for siestas and at night. It’ll be a unique opportunity to try typical Uruguay countryside cuisine prepared by Hugo using meat (beef, chicken, duck and lamb), eggs (chicken, duck and quail) and vegetables from the farm—all raised organically. One reviewer praised Hugo as “an artist with flavours using many ingredients from the farm”.
Visitors are encouraged to interact with the farm animals. Activities also include horse riding and decent hiking (uncommon in the Uruguay interior). Hugo leads the hikes through the sierras or to an abandoned village complete with cemetery and the site of indigenous remains.
You’ll be welcomed into the community with Mariela and Hugo as your hosts. They love to take guests to the local store, frequented by gauchos (get yourself a pair of authentic gaucho trousers—‘bombachas’) and the local rural school.
This promises to be a truly authentic Uruguay countryside experience to remember forever. And I can’t wait to check it out for myself. Until I get there, I look forward to reading your reviews below.
What you should know
Recommended stay length At Guru’Guay we recommend that to really slip into Uruguay countryside mode, you stay for minimum 3 nights. This allows you to arrive, settle in, and at least two full days to really live Deepest Uruguay.
Internet The connectivity is good.
Limited English Mariela and Hugo don’t speak any English but where there’s a will there’s a way. They are successfully communicating using a mixture of goodwill and technology. Time to practise a little Spanish!
Getting there The farm is 20 km off Route 5. The couple will meet you at the turn-off and you can follow them to the farm along a country road. Take a bus to Tacuarembó bus station and arrange a pick-up with Mariela. The trip from Montevideo to Tacuarembó takes around 6 hours.
Finca Paraíso Escondido
Paraje Cuchilla Casa de Piedra, Tacuarembó
Contact Mariela for a quote.
Cabin rental: 2000 pesos* per night (1 person), 3300 pesos (2 people)
Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner): 1000 pesos per person per day
Activities (trekking and horse-riding): 1000 pesos
Photos: Finca Paraíso Escondido