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15 rural establishments recommended for family visits

Playing an active role in the typical tasks of the countryside and experiencing traditions such as milking, cattle herding, planting, harvesting, kneading and branding, are some of the most genuine experiences that tourists can have in Uruuay.

Our countryside offers a wide variety of experiences as well as the possibility of noticing unique aromas and natural flavors. Since the beginning, cattle breeding has been Uruguay's main economic activity; especially sheep and beef cattle raising. Dairy, meat, wool related activities and leather work are deeply rooted in the country's traditions and are an integral part of Uruguayans' identity.

The Ministry of Tourism conducted an inquiry among registered tour operators as to why they think their facilities might be a suitable place to house families with small children. The following recommendations reflect their insights:

1) VALLE DEL HILO DE LA VIDA 

Some ancient enigmatic stone mounds on which there is no consensus on who built them, for what purpose, or how long ago, but which indisputably transmit a special energy, provide the perfect framework for families who cultivate their spirit to live an unforgettable vacation. Children can enjoy a small park with hammocks and participate in guided tours to archaeological sites, customized to the age of visitors.

Website: www.valledelhilodelavida.com
Facebook: Valledelhilodelavida
Location: Ruta 12, Km 346. Department of Lavalleja.
Special rates: Children aged 6 to 11 pay half rate and children under 6 are free.

2- ÁGUILA BLANCA (LAVALLEJA)

This authentic 1000 hectare ranch is ideal for those seeking tranquility and adventure among beautiful mountain landscapes. Horseback riding, canoeing, an excursion to hidden waterfalls and sighting of local fauna are some of the proposals. The ranch has rooms for couples with one or two children and a duplex for up to seven people.

Website: www.estanciaaguilablanca.com.uy
Location: Ruta 7, Km 147.5 (Department of Lavalleja)

3- PASO SEVERINO RECREATIONAL CENTER (FLORIDA)

It provides an ideal environment for family enjoyment with cottages for accommodation, an outdoor swimming pool, green areas with a scenic view, grills and barbecues. At different times of the year, such as high season and holidays, the park offers recreational services for children and young people who can play games or practice sports. The park has a playground for children, basketball, football and volleyball courts, a fitness center, playroom with arcade machines, pool and “tejo”.

Website: http://pasoseverino.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Paso-Severino-Centro-de-Recreación
Location: Ruta 76, Km 8 (by Ruta 5, Km 73)
Special rates, sometimes special discounts in accommodations and free breakfasts are offered.

4- COMPLEJO TURÍSTICO FLORES (FLORES RESORT) (FLORES)                                                                                                                                   

This is a unique place to enjoy the peace of the countryside with the family, recreational activities, homemade food and, above all, a lot of tranquility. Soccer field, volleyball, bicycles, zip-line, playground with wooden games for children, hammocks and animal farms ensure active enjoyable holidays for the whole family.

Website: www.hoteldecampoflores.com
Location: Ruta 3, Km 201 - Department of Flores
Amenities: cribs and baby chairs
Rates: Special rates for children

5- ESTANCIA ESPERANZA (FLORES)

Learning to ride a pony, playing to be a farmer, doing a bit of gardening or harvesting some fruits and vegetables are some of the activities you can enjoy. They also organize bicycle rides and hiking for the whole family. There are also outdoor games and board games.

Website: www.estanciaesperanza.com
Facebook: Estancia Esperanza
Location: Middle way to Arroyo Maciel, Paraje Puntas de Aº La Cordobesa. Departamento de Flores, Uruguay.
Accessories: Cribs, strollers and baby seats.
Special rates for children: yes
Special menus: yes

6-ESTANCIA EL CANGÜÉ (PAYSANDÚ)

The facility aims at open-air family reunion with recreational proposals of all times such as playing bagging races, treasure hunts, hopscotch or hide and seek. One of its strengths is the practice of sport fishing as an integrating discipline for the whole family. Different ecotourism trails are also developed on foot or by bicycle. The place has soccer and volleyball courts, as well as a cozy farm that captures kids' attention.

Facebook: Estancia El Cangüé
Location: Ruta 3, Km 358.5. Paysandú.
Accessories: Cribs + strollers + baby bath tubs + baby chairs + baby changing table.
Special rates for children: yes
Kids’ menu: yes

7- ESTANCIA VIK (JOSÉ IGNACIO)

Tranquility and exclusivity to get on the move is at large the imprint of this hotel located in José Ignacio where families are offered several active tourism proposals such as paintball, horseback riding, kayaks and fishing in the Laguna de José Ignacio. Nature lovers can also choose between several nature trails to do by bike or on foot, contemplating wildlife. The facility also has tennis and golf courts, swimming pool, playroom and pool.

Amenities: suites and baby chairs
Special rates: Children under 3 are free.
Website: www.vikretreats.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Vik.Retreats
Location: Camino Saiz Martínez Km 8, José Ignacio, Uruguay.

8- FINCA PIEDRA (SAN JOSÉ)

In this facility, kids will find something to entertain themselves with. They can milk cows or collect eggs, visit a reserve of native animals, play with an entertainer, and enjoy several play spaces. At night, adults and children can rest in the heart of the San Roque countryside, surrounded by the paradisiacal undulating fields of Carmelo. The main house that has been renovated by its owners has 4 full-equipped rooms that lure you to relax throughout the year.

Website: www.fincapiedra.com
Location: Ruta 23, Km 125, Mal Abrigo, Department of San José
Special rates: Children under 3 are free, children aged 3 to 11 are offered 30% discount
Amenities: Cribs, baby bath tubs, baby seats, children's bicycles.

9 - LA ESTIRIA (FLORES)

All activities that are typically performed in the countryside, such as milking the cows, horse riding, collecting eggs, feeding the animals or fishing in a creek are available to kids. The place has playrooms for children with table tennis and several board games, and an outdoor small square with several attractions such as zip lines, a tree house or riding in a horse-drawn cart.

Website: www.laestiria.com
Facebook: La Estiria Estancia Turística
Location: Ruta 3, Km. 209.3. Department of Flores
Amenities: cribs, baby seats.
Special rates: Children aged 0 to 3 are free, children aged 4 to 8: 50% discount

10- LA MACARENA (MONTEVIDEO)

Boat trips through the Santa Lucia Wetlands, harvesting fruit, touring the native mountains to see capybaras and turtles, are some of the reasons why this place, a step away from the capital city, is worth a family visit. A children's playground and outdoor attractions such as quaint pedal boats are available.
Website: www.lamacarena.com.uy
Facebook: lamacarena
Location: Paja Brava 1915, Melilla. Department of Montevideo.
Amenities: Changing tables in bathrooms and baby chairs.
Differential rates for children and adults.

 

 

 

11- LA VIGNA (COLONIA VALDENSE)

A place of reunion, for being in contact with nature and for communication. Here families can enjoy the simplest things such as a good walk, a board game, a bicycle ride or a game of bocce under century-old trees. Children enjoy interacting with the multiple animals that inhabit the surroundings such as sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, turkeys, dogs and cats. Between the months of August and March is the sheep milking season in the milking shed, a very special moment that can be witnessed by guests. Besides, in summer, children can play in a water tank that works as a pool or ride bicycles that are provided at no cost.

Website: www.lavigna.com.uy

Facebook: The VignaEcolifestyle

Location: Ruta 51, Km 120 Colonia Valdense

 

12- LOS MIMBRES (ROCHA)

Situated in the northern part of the department of Rocha, on the shores of the lake India Muerta, this small country house offers special day trips such as a guided tour to the Indian hills or visits to rice harvesting areas. A playground with hammocks, a carousel, a trampoline and a wooden house, as well as several board games are some of the attractions for kids.

Website: www.casadecampolosmimbres.com.uy

Location: Ruta 15, Km 99. Department of Rocha.

Amenities: Portable cribs, baby bath tubs.

Special rates: Children under 3 are free.

 

13- POSADA DE CAMPO MARTÍN PESCADOR (MALDONADO)

Dedicated to Brangus genetic breeding, this country inn is ideal for families who like to observe cattle breeding-related activities in a calm and safe environment. There is an organic garden where children enjoy harvesting vegetables that they then take to their own table, a small tree house where they spend long hours playing and an indoor closed playground with several recreational proposals.

Website: www.mpescador.com

Facebook: @posadadecampomartinpescador, /cabanamartin.pescador

Location: Ruta 39, Km 74, Aiguá. Department of Maldonado.

Amenities: baby chairs, cribs, toys and strollers available upon request.

Special rates: Children up to 3 are free, and aged 4 to 7 50% of the rate.

Kids’ menu: yes

 

14- POSADA ITAY Y ESTACIÓN PENITENTE (LAVALLEJA)

On a panoramic route to Salto del Penitente, one can find this small boutique hotel with only 5 rooms. Creeks, mountain ranges and a unique railway station recreated with old 1950 train carriages, generate a paradisiacal environment for families seeking peace and harmony. It is ideal for slowing down or at least for hiking in slow mode. Families who like to be in the hustle and bustle of touristic sites should look for another destination.

Website: www.posadaitay.com.uy / www.estacionpenitente.com.uy

Location: Panoramic Route to the Salto del Penitente. Department of Lavalleja.

Amenities: Baby chairs, swimming pool.

Special rates: Yes

 

 

 

15- POSADA SIERRAS DE MAHOMA (SAN JOSÉ)

This lodge offers very simple accommodation and is ideal for flexible families seeking to enjoy unique landscapes while paying convenient rates. Some recommendations for families are horseback riding around the beautiful mountains, a lunch in the country side, and hiking trails through the mountains while looking at amazing stone structures. Finally, kayaking on a picturesque artificial lake. Biclycling and hiking through several ecotourism trails can also be coordinated.

Facebook: Sierras de Mahoma

Location: Ruta 23, Km 126

Amenities: Crib

Special rates: yes.

 

NOTE: Enquiries among tour operators were conducted at the end of 2017. As proposals may have suffered changes, we recommend that you contact them directly.

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5 rural establishments recommended for family visits

Playing an active role in the typical tasks of the countryside and experiencing traditions such as milking, cattle herding, planting, harvesting, kneading and branding, are some of the most genuine experiences that tourists can have in Uruuay.

 

Our countryside offers a wide variety of experiences as well as the possibility of noticing unique aromas and natural flavors. Since the beginning, cattle breeding has been Uruguay's main economic activity; especially sheep and beef cattle raising. Dairy, meat, wool related activities and leather work are deeply rooted in the country's traditions and are an integral part of Uruguayans' identity.

 

The Ministry of Tourism conducted an inquiry among registered tour operators as to why they think their facilities might be a suitable place to house families with small children. The following recommendations reflect their insights:

 

1- VALLE DEL HILO DE LA VIDA (VALLEY OF THE THREAD OF LIFE)

Some ancient enigmatic stone mounds on which there is no consensus on who built them, for what purpose, or how long ago, but which indisputably transmit a special energy, provide the perfect framework for families who cultivate their spirit to live an unforgettable vacation. Children can enjoy a small park with hammocks and participate in guided tours to archaeological sites, customized to the age of visitors.

Website: www.valledelhilodelavida.com

Facebook: Valledelhilodelavida

Location: Ruta 12, Km 346. Department of Lavalleja.

Special rates: Children aged 6 to 11 pay half rate and children under 6 are free.

 

2- ÁGUILA BLANCA (LAVALLEJA)

 

This authentic 1000 hectare ranch is ideal for those seeking tranquility and adventure among beautiful mountain landscapes. Horseback riding, canoeing, an excursion to hidden waterfalls and sighting of local fauna are some of the proposals. The ranch has rooms for couples with one or two children and a duplex for up to seven people.

Website: www.estanciaaguilablanca.com.uy

Location: Ruta 7, Km 147.5 (Department of Lavalleja)

 

 

 

 

3- PASO SEVERINO RECREATIONAL CENTER (FLORIDA)

 

It provides an ideal environment for family enjoyment with cottages for accommodation, an outdoor swimming pool, green areas with a scenic view, grills and barbecues. At different times of the year, such as high season and holidays, the park offers recreational services for children and young people who can play games or practice sports. The park has a playground for children, basketball, football and volleyball courts, a fitness center, playroom with arcade machines, pool and “tejo”.

Website: http://pasoseverino.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Paso-Severino-Centro-de-Recreación

Location: Ruta 76, Km 8 (by Ruta 5, Km 73)

Special rates, sometimes special discounts in accommodations and free breakfasts are offered.

 

4- COMPLEJO TURÍSTICO FLORES (FLORES RESORT) (FLORES)

This is a unique place to enjoy the peace of the countryside with the family, recreational activities, homemade food and, above all, a lot of tranquility. Soccer field, volleyball, bicycles, zip-line, playground with wooden games for children, hammocks and animal farms ensure active enjoyable holidays for the whole family.

Website: www.hoteldecampoflores.com

Location: Ruta 3, Km 201 - Department of Flores

Amenities: cribs and baby chairs

Rates: Special rates for children

 

5- ESTANCIA ESPERANZA (FLORES)

Learning to ride a pony, playing to be a farmer, doing a bit of gardening or harvesting some fruits and vegetables are some of the activities you can enjoy. They also organize bicycle rides and hiking for the whole family. There are also outdoor games and board games.

Website: www.estanciaesperanza.com

Facebook: Estancia Esperanza

Location: Middle way to Arroyo Maciel, Paraje Puntas de Aº La Cordobesa. Departamento de Flores, Uruguay.

Accessories: Cribs, strollers and baby seats.

Special rates for children: yes

Special menus: yes

 

6-ESTANCIA EL CANGÜÉ (PAYSANDÚ)

The facility aims at open-air family reunion with recreational proposals of all times such as playing bagging races, treasure hunts, hopscotch or hide and seek. One of its strengths is the practice of sport fishing as an integrating discipline for the whole family. Different ecotourism trails are also developed on foot or by bicycle. The place has soccer and volleyball courts, as well as a cozy farm that captures kids' attention.

Facebook: Estancia El Cangüé

Location: Ruta 3, Km 358.5. Paysandú.

Accessories: Cribs + strollers + baby bath tubs + baby chairs + baby changing table.

Special rates for children: yes

Kids’ menu: yes

 

 

7- ESTANCIA VIK (JOSÉ IGNACIO)

Tranquility and exclusivity to get on the move is at large the imprint of this hotel located in José Ignacio where families are offered several active tourism proposals such as paintball, horseback riding, kayaks and fishing in the Laguna de José Ignacio. Nature lovers can also choose between several nature trails to do by bike or on foot, contemplating wildlife. The facility also has tennis and golf courts, swimming pool, playroom and pool.

Amenities: suites and baby chairs

Special rates: Children under 3 are free.

Website: www.vikretreats.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Vik.Retreats

Location: Camino Saiz Martínez Km 8, José Ignacio, Uruguay.

 

8- FINCA PIEDRA (SAN JOSÉ)

In this facility, kids will find something to entertain themselves with. They can milk cows or collect eggs, visit a reserve of native animals, play with an entertainer, and enjoy several play spaces. At night, adults and children can rest in the heart of the San Roque countryside, surrounded by the paradisiacal undulating fields of Carmelo. The main house that has been renovated by its owners has 4 full-equipped rooms that lure you to relax throughout the year.

Website: www.fincapiedra.com

Location: Ruta 23, Km 125, Mal Abrigo, Department of San José

Special rates: Children under 3 are free, children aged 3 to 11 are offered 30% discount

Amenities: Cribs, baby bath tubs, baby seats, children's bicycles.

 

9 - LA ESTIRIA (FLORES)

All activities that are typically performed in the countryside, such as milking the cows, horse riding, collecting eggs, feeding the animals or fishing in a creek are available to kids. The place has playrooms for children with table tennis and several board games, and an outdoor small square with several attractions such as zip lines, a tree house or riding in a horse-drawn cart.

Website: www.laestiria.com

Facebook: La Estiria Estancia Turística

Location: Ruta 3, Km. 209.3. Department of Flores

Amenities: cribs, baby seats.

Special rates: Children aged 0 to 3 are free, children aged 4 to 8: 50% discount

 

10- LA MACARENA (MONTEVIDEO)

Boat trips through the Santa Lucia Wetlands, harvesting fruit, touring the native mountains to see capybaras and turtles, are some of the reasons why this place, a step away from the capital city, is worth a family visit. A children's playground and outdoor attractions such as quaint pedal boats are available.

Website: www.lamacarena.com.uy

Facebook: lamacarena

Location: Paja Brava 1915, Melilla. Department of Montevideo.

Amenities: Changing tables in bathrooms and baby chairs.

Differential rates for children and adults.

 

 

 

11- LA VIGNA (COLONIA VALDENSE)

A place of reunion, for being in contact with nature and for communication. Here families can enjoy the simplest things such as a good walk, a board game, a bicycle ride or a game of bocce under century-old trees. Children enjoy interacting with the multiple animals that inhabit the surroundings such as sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, turkeys, dogs and cats. Between the months of August and March is the sheep milking season in the milking shed, a very special moment that can be witnessed by guests. Besides, in summer, children can play in a water tank that works as a pool or ride bicycles that are provided at no cost.

Website: www.lavigna.com.uy

Facebook: The VignaEcolifestyle

Location: Ruta 51, Km 120 Colonia Valdense

 

12- LOS MIMBRES (ROCHA)

Situated in the northern part of the department of Rocha, on the shores of the lake India Muerta, this small country house offers special day trips such as a guided tour to the Indian hills or visits to rice harvesting areas. A playground with hammocks, a carousel, a trampoline and a wooden house, as well as several board games are some of the attractions for kids.

Website: www.casadecampolosmimbres.com.uy

Location: Ruta 15, Km 99. Department of Rocha.

Amenities: Portable cribs, baby bath tubs.

Special rates: Children under 3 are free.

 

13- POSADA DE CAMPO MARTÍN PESCADOR (MALDONADO)

Dedicated to Brangus genetic breeding, this country inn is ideal for families who like to observe cattle breeding-related activities in a calm and safe environment. There is an organic garden where children enjoy harvesting vegetables that they then take to their own table, a small tree house where they spend long hours playing and an indoor closed playground with several recreational proposals.

Website: www.mpescador.com

Facebook: @posadadecampomartinpescador, /cabanamartin.pescador

Location: Ruta 39, Km 74, Aiguá. Department of Maldonado.

Amenities: baby chairs, cribs, toys and strollers available upon request.

Special rates: Children up to 3 are free, and aged 4 to 7 50% of the rate.

Kids’ menu: yes

 

14- POSADA ITAY Y ESTACIÓN PENITENTE (LAVALLEJA)

On a panoramic route to Salto del Penitente, one can find this small boutique hotel with only 5 rooms. Creeks, mountain ranges and a unique railway station recreated with old 1950 train carriages, generate a paradisiacal environment for families seeking peace and harmony. It is ideal for slowing down or at least for hiking in slow mode. Families who like to be in the hustle and bustle of touristic sites should look for another destination.

Website: www.posadaitay.com.uy / www.estacionpenitente.com.uy

Location: Panoramic Route to the Salto del Penitente. Department of Lavalleja.

Amenities: Baby chairs, swimming pool.

Special rates: Yes

 

 

 

15- POSADA SIERRAS DE MAHOMA (SAN JOSÉ)

This lodge offers very simple accommodation and is ideal for flexible families seeking to enjoy unique landscapes while paying convenient rates. Some recommendations for families are horseback riding around the beautiful mountains, a lunch in the country side, and hiking trails through the mountains while looking at amazing stone structures. Finally, kayaking on a picturesque artificial lake. Biclycling and hiking through several ecotourism trails can also be coordinated.

Facebook: Sierras de Mahoma

Location: Ruta 23, Km 126

Amenities: Crib

Special rates: yes.

 

NOTE: Enquiries among tour operators were conducted at the end of 2017. As proposals may have suffered changes, we recommend that you contact them directly.

 

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