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.


The property is situated in the rural area of the department of Canelones, 4km from a village called Estación Tapia. On your drive to “Cortijo La Herradura” you will notice how completely surrounded by nature you are. 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 landscape that the countryside of Uruguay has to offer. 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, whilst listening to the sound of birds chirping.

There is 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 neighbours come here as well for a drink after work and to play pool, watch the television or just to chat. The owner, a 84 year old gentleman, 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.

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

You can help provide care for the horses and observe the dressage of the new horses. Horse riding and lessons are offered as well.

Bikes are available to discover the area and small surrounding villages. We will supply you with printed trails so you can get to know your way around. It is worth having a traditional lunch in the local restaurant of the village Estación Tapia, 4km away. The villages of Migues and San Jacinto at approximately 13km away, are also worth exploring to sample the afternoon teas and delicious homemade snacks on offer.

The house itself has 2 floors. The first floor has 2 bedrooms (single or double), sharing a bathroom equipped with a shower, wash basin and toilet. From the rooms you will directly walk 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 relax 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 shower, wash basin and toilet. There is a living room with an open kitchen and 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.

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

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