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Welcome to Estancias


Estancias, or ranch-houses, are a new and exciting addition to the gamut of tourist attractions in Uruguay. Tourists from all over the world are invited to visit these establishments - invariably, cattle ranches located in the pampas(grasslands) of South America - and to experience the gaucho(cowboy) way of life, through a series of fun outdoor activities, such as horse riding, star-gazing, guided walking tours of the country, visits to dairies and tanneries, and much more. One of the biggest drawcards of these sometimes-rustic, sometimes-grandiloquent lodges, is the home-cooked food that's typically on offer: you haven't tried asado(Uruguay's national dish) until you've had it prepared in a cocina de estancia(farmhouse kitchen). The pick of the bunch (not least of all because it's got an English website), is San Pedro de Timote, located about 14km from the beautiful city of Cerro Colorado.

Information & Facts

The official language is Spanish.

The official currency of Uruguay is the Uruguayan Peso (UYU), but US Dollars are also accepted by some tourist businesses, retailers and taxi drivers. The peso is divided into 100 centécimos. Currency can be exchanged at banks and Money Exchange Shops, which both offer similar exchange rates. Exchange rates tend to fluctuate frequently. There are plenty of ATMs available in shopping centres and attached to banks in commercial areas, but not all cards are accepted. Credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club, are widely accepted by shops and restaurants. Travellers cheques are easiest to exchange if in US Dollars.

GMT -3 (GMT -2 from October to March).

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