Finca Paraíso Escondido

Live Northern Uruguay with the locals

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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.

Contact

Finca Paraíso Escondido
fincaparaisoescondido.com
Paraje Cuchilla Casa de Piedra, Tacuarembó

Reservations: write to Mariela by email turismoparaisoescondido@hotmail.com or WhatsApp message +598 99 464 882

Rates

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

*Uruguayan pesos

Photos: Finca Paraíso Escondido

9 Responses

  1. Hi Karen, My husband and I are currently enjoying our first visit to Uruguay (currently at Il Tano Suites in Punta del Diablo, after 5 days in ciudad vieja and a 3 night stay at Paraiso Escondido, Tacuarembó . Guess where we found out about all places?😉) We had a great time with Mariela and Hugo. They are fabulous hosts – warm gracious and very accommodating. Hugo is (as advertised) a good cook. We had varied delicious meals- including an asado – and were even given a loaf of homemade bread to bring on our drive yesterday. Mariela and Hugo opened up their finca, their home and their hearts. We learned a great deal about Uruguayan culture. (We had plenty of time to chat as it was wet and cool for the first ?40+ hours that we were there. We went on a long damp hike with Hugo. He showed us flora and fauna and rivers that disappear underground. We did fine in our runners and Mariela and Hugo let us dry them in front of their estufa de leña (but rubber boots might be a consideration if you are going when rain is expected). The wet weather also meant we spent more time in their home drinking coffee and mate (and eating homemade cake) which gave us lots of time para charlar (sobre todo). They have 4 yorkies and an old shar pei who bark every time you enter (or exit) the house but they are all really sweet and love attention. We were in our element, but if you don’t enjoy dogs, I expect that Mariela could encourage them to stay away. Re getting to Paraiso Escondido: Mariela is great at communicating via email and via WhatsApp. When she says message me when you get to Tacuarembó, I think she means the departamento, as getting to their chacra requires a 30+km drive (ie 45+ min) on dirt&rock roads. Ie it takes them about 45 min to get to the highway to lead you back to their place. Because of the rains, we needed to drive through a couple of huge puddles. We were fine in our rental. Apart from the puddles, the road was actually better than several sections of secondary paved roads that we drove from Tacuarembó to PdD. During our stay we enjoyed all the animals. We opened the cabana door one afternoon and a pregnant goat fell into the cabin (she had been lying leaning against the door). We fed ducks, helped round up sheep to put them in their bedtime pasture and went on a brief ride. The cabana was clean and cozy with a very comfy ?queen bed. Mariela provided soap, clean fluffy white towels and clean white bed linens. There was great water pressure in the shower. The mini split AC with heat and dehumidifier kept us warm and dry during the damp days. There is a bar fridge with microwave and induction cook top as well as dishware and cutlery – although Mariella does offer full board. The finca is still being developed. It is a testament to what can be accomplished with hard work and with ones own hands (and access to Youtube for instruction). It has the most spectacular views ever. I am absolutely enamored with the terrain and feel of Tacuarembó – although it is probably not the ideal place for a mid 60’s couple who still only have rudimentary spanish to settle🙁😏) ————- We appreciate all of your information. Feel free to use any of my ramblings or forward to anyone enquiring for more information. Gracias for all the information you provide about Uruguay for visitors and those contemplating relocating here. Amanda

    1. That is hysterical about the goat! Thank you so much for the kind words and sharing your experience. — Karen

  2. Hello I would like to recommend the finca paraiso escondido where I stayed for 5 days. It was GREAT I loved everything! The cabin was very clean, the activities were very interesting, the animals were very friendly and Mariela and Hugo were very nice people, I felt like part of the family. I’m from Switzerland.

  3. My husband and I stayed with Mariela and Hugo in March (2023). We spend three wonderful days with them and their beloved animals. The location is stunning and we explored their property as well as a neighbouring property. It was delightful to be on a farm and interact with the animals. We fed two young ones daily and my husband, who also grew up on a small Canadian farm, assisted Mariela with an injured hen. Hugo’s meals were delicious and it was a pleasure having homecooked local specialties. The accommodations are comfortable and lovely, with a view of the valley as well as an occasional horse or cow. But what made our stay outstanding was the hosts. Mariela and Hugo are warm, welcoming and lots of fun. They were generous with their time and their maté! We couldn’t have had a better stay and would recommend this ‘hidden paradise’ to anyone wanting a taste of country life in Uruguay.

  4. My eight-year-old daughter and I had a splendidly simple and licely stay at Finca Paraiso Escondido. My daughter who barely speaks Spanish interacted without any problem with Mariela and Hugo to help feed and take care of all the animals of the farm. We had lovely meals and walks ans horsebak-riding with Mariela and Hugo and the neighbours.
    The cabin is lovely, well equipped, bed is great and the sunsets are just gorgeous.

    1. Manuéline, thank you so much for sharing. It sounds like you had a wonderful time. Best, Karen

    2. Manuéline y Mila que decir , fue una experiencia espectacular pasar días con la pequeña Mila festejar su cumpleaños 🎂 un amor como me ayudo con todos los animales, y Tú Manuéline experimentamos contigo lo hermoso de compartir charlas ,caminatas ,risas y la comida de HAGO … esperamos su regreso ..
      Saludos cordiales desde Finca ” PARAISO ESCONDIDO ” 🏡 Hugo y Mariela ..

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