Activities 

 

As well as offering combination Spanish and Sports courses, La Herradura has a full social programme which all students are welcome to take part in. It includes extra-curricular activities to suit a wide range of budgets and tastes. You can make the most of your time in Punta del Este, socialise with other students, practice your Spanish on the locals, learn about the history and culture of Uruguay, and have a go at different sports and activities. Some typical activities:

 

·         Horseriding in the countryside

·         Tango classes

·         A barbecue in the school garden

·         Wine tasting and a guided tour of a vineyard

·         A day trip to Montevideo, Colonia or any other city

·         Camping and hiking weekend in the country side

·         Museum or art gallery

·         Walking tour of the Old City

·         4x4 safari

·         City tour by bus

 

A list of activities is placed on a board in the common area of the school  every Monday, where you can sign up for the activities that interest you. The activities are also presented at the weekly welcome meeting. The activities vary from week to week and throughout the year. Some may depend on the weather and the availability of equipment. Some of the activities are free and others have a cost depending on the type of activity.

 

Free Activities

The following activities are free (or in the case of the bar and restaurant, each person pays for their food and drinks). The students are not accompanied on the trip, but the school staff assists in the planning (suggesting activities to the students, making reservations, planning public transport etc.):

Seasonal events We let the students know about free events in and around the city. Recent examples include an outdoor rock concert, beach volleyball , aeroboc and dance classes on the beach, and much more.

 

Backpackers meeting The local "Couch-surfing" group has a regular meeting in a bar. Our students go to practice their Spanish on the locals, meet other travelers and sample the local nightlife.

 

Night out A group outing to a local bar or restaurant.

 

Mate workshop the mate culture will be explained and also how to prepare a good mate.

 

Cooking lessons A perfect way to learn more about the Uruguayan kitchen. Students will collaborate with the ingredients.

 

 

Low-Cost Activities

The following activities usually take place after classes during the week students are accompanied by someone from the school or a guide. 

1. Tango Small group and individual tango classes with our dance teacher Andrea (cost depends on size of group).

2. Bike ride We hire bikes and cycle along the seafront promenade to see other parts of the city and the beaches, stopping for refreshments along the way.

3. Old City A tour of places of historical and cultural interest in the Old City with one of the teachers. He or she may also take students to one of the city's museums. 

4. City Tour A bus tour of places of tourist interest and the different neighbourhoods of the city with a Spanish- and English-speaking guide.

5. Parilla The school terrace has a traditional Uruguayan wood-burning barbecue, and students can enjoy the country's national dish in a sociable atmosphere.

6. Parque Lussiche A large park a short bus-ride away from the school.

7. Campo Horse-riding and country walks followed by drinks and snacks at a ranch.

8. Seasonal events In February we organise trips to see the Carnival parade and in April to the Criolla country fair and rodeo. 

 

Excursions

These activities usually take place at the weekend and most involve travelling to somewhere outside of Montevideo. The cost reflects this (see individual activities). The cost often depends on the size of the group of students, so prices here are approximate based on a group of six.

Montevideo, Piriápolis or Colonia A bus tour of these coastal towns includes transport there and back and a guide, who talks about the various interesting places around Piriápolis (such as Pan de Azúcar hill) and Montevideo.

 

Mina de Oro A guide takes students to a disused gold mine where they can explore the tunnels, then continue onto Uruguay's only aerial zip line. Finally the students enjoy a walk through the woodland of Salto del Penitente and learn from the guide about the native flora and fauna.


Trekking in Cerro de los Ánimas This trip involves climbing a 500m hill, crossing areas of dense woodland and passing the Cañadón de los Espejos and its little waterfalls on the way down, accompanied throughout by a knowledgeable wildlife guide.


4x4 Safari A trip in a 4x4 vehicle across the Sierras Occidentales of Maldonado, a traditional lunch in a ranch with spectacular views of the hills, a two-hour horse ride through the area, a further trip in the 4x4 towards the coast including the hill of San Antonio in Piriápolis. Students have free time to explore Piriápolis and return independently by bus.


Candombe Workshop The opportunity to learn about this Afro-Uruguayan form of music and dance, and to even have a go at drumming and dancing. Includes a Candombe demonstration, a talk with Candombe experts, music and dance tuition, and the day ends with an optional parilla barbecue.

 


Wine Tour Learn about wine-making processes, visit the vineyards and taste Uruguay's home-grown wines in a vineyard tour. This vineyard also boasts a collection of classic cars and a restaurant.

Cigarette shop: low-cost cigarettes