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Cortijo La Herradura in Uruguay

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    Spanish courses in Montevideo, located in the capital Montevideo, within walking distance of both the city centre and the beach.   
    Spanish courses in Punta Este, located in a quiet area called "Pinares", within walking distance of both the city centre of Maldonado and the beach.   
    Practice your Spanish at Cortijo La Herraduralocated in the countryside between Montevideo and Punta del Este.
    Choose a Spanish course at our schools La Herradura in Montevideo, Punta del Este or at Cortijo La Herradura and you’ll experience high quality teaching and a professional organization within a personal, family-run environment. Our schools are small and friendly, and offer the opportunity to perfect your Spanish out of class through sports, excursions, social activities, volunteer work, internships and much more. Students at all levels will progress as a result of small group classes, the exclusive use of Spanish in classes and on excursions, and the enriching opportunities to get to know the local area and culture.
    Intensive Spanish Courses ||Spanish Immersion Programs


    Centro de Enseñanza de Español La Herradura / La Herradura Spanish school
  • Experience the natural environment of Uruguay through living in the countryside. Enjoy riding, biking, hiking, listening to the birds in our small indigenous forest, and finish your day watching the beautiful sunset practicing your Spanish with the locals.


    The "Cortijo La Herradura" is a family business run by Roberto, Margo, Rebeca, and Gabriela. The idea came from our passion for horses and the positive feedback from students after taking them horseback riding at another facility. We want to share the tranquility of the countryside with you where you can have shared moments with animals and enjoy nature.

    The property is situated in the rural area of the department of Canelones, 7km from a village called Estación Tapia. On your drive to “Cortijo La Herradura” you will notice how you are completely surrounded by nature. There are no high buildings, just miles of lush green fields.

    The private ground consisting of 17 hectares, will give you the opportunity to appreciate the beautiful Uruguyuan countryside. You can walk around the place accompanied by our dogs and get to know all our horses as well. They are magnificent creatures of huge, overbearing stature but friendly enough to allow you to approach them. You can rest at a nearby lake enjoying the fabulous views, or relax with a book under a tree in our garden or in our small indigenous forest, while listening to the sound of birds chirping 

    Specifically structured Spanish lessons can also be organized. Our approach however is more focused on Uruguayan culture, history, and general conversation. Depending on your level and interest, lessons will be organized by our professional teachers and you can choose to have lessons every day, or a few times per week. We are flexible!

    Other "Things to do" are; hiking or biking in the surrounding area. We will supply you with printed trails so you can get to know your way around. Bikes are available at no cost, to discover the area and small surrounding villages. It is worth having a traditional lunch in the local restaurant of the village Estación Tapia, 7km away. The villages of Migues and San Jacinto are approximately 13km away.

    You can help with the daily activities, take care of the horses, and observe the dressage of the new horses.

    We also offer Horse riding excursions, riding lessons, and cooking lessons.

    You can combine your stay by booking a 1-week course (or more) at our school in Montevideo or Punta del Estewith a 1-week stay (or more) at “Cortijo La Herradura”.


    The house itself has 2 floors. The first floor has 2 bedrooms (single or double), sharing a bathroom equipped with a shower, washbasin, and toilet. From the rooms, you can walk directly into the garden and into the shared large space with an open and fully equipped kitchen with all the necessary utilities. There is also a very comfortable dining and relaxation area, another toilet, a billiard table and plenty of books. There is a washer and dryer that can be used for a small fee.

    On the second floor is the family house with 1 bedroom (single or double) for guests, sharing a bathroom equipped with a shower, washbasin, and toilet. There is a living room with an open kitchen and a large balcony, offering you a great view overlooking the property and its surroundings. A perfect place to enjoy the amazing sunset, the starry sky, or a thunderstorm.

    For those looking for more privacy, there is a bungalow with room for 2 or 3 students.

    Breakfast is included, lunch, dinner, and afternoon teas are also worth trying, all homemade with vegetables from our organic garden! 

    There is a small shack nearby which is used as the local bar. It is very traditionally Uruguayan, decorated with posters of past Uruguayan football teams and ornaments from the countryside. It is definitely worth a visit. The neighbors come here as well for a drink after work and to play pool, watch the television or just to chat. The owner loves hosting people and telling them stories about things that have happened to him throughout his life. It is also a good opportunity to practice your Spanish with him. 

    Relax, breathe fresh air, and practice your Spanish while enjoying the beautiful natural environment of Uruguay with us at “Cortijo La Herradura”.


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