The farm life

Trip Start Oct 15, 2012
Trip End May 17, 2013

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Yuytu itaty

Flag of Uruguay  , Tacuarembo,
Friday, May 3, 2013

Visiting an estancia, effectively a large farm or ranch depending where your from is one of those essential tourist things you do in either northern Argentina and Uruguay. We decided rather than doing one of the numerous one day tours in Argentina we would wait and do a more authentic one in Uruguay. One recommended in the lonely planet took our eye, yuytu itaty, and the rest they say is history

We have decided to stay three days at the estancia which is just as well as it gives us some time to recover from our massive 27 hour journey from Puerto Iguazu. We stop along the way first in Concordia where we catch a ferry across the rio plato to Salto where were originally going to stay but as Gabriella's time is running out we want have to pick and choose a bit. Next we stop in Paysundu briefly where we try Chaja a sweet Uruguay is known for and is from this area.

Our last stop is a town called Tacurembo and we are glad to find the cheerful Pedro waiting for us although we still have another hour drive to the estancia and it is a beautiful drive as its a clear and starry night. We are met by the lovely Nahir and are quickly settled into our room before gorging ourselves on a lovely meal. We head to bed tired and with overflowing tummies.

The next morning we have a bit off a sleep in before starting our day with s huge breakfast. This morning we are off with Pedro all of us on horseback to take in the estancia and also to move some cows (well Pedro is anyway not sure we are much help) we are also joined by three of Pedro's young and energetic dogs.

We head back to the house we Nahir has made us a wonderful lunch which we scoff down. After wards we relax a bit and Gabriella and I try a game called lost cities which is interesting. Later Pedro takes us back out on horseback, but this time on different horses, as we go searching for Armadillos. We don't get to find any but we do get to practice galloping on the horses. Its not easy and spend most of my time bouncing up and down getting a sore arse in the process, but do feel it is something I am slowly getting better at. Something to perfect of the next couple of days.

We head back to the house where we have a huge dinner and head to bed early feeling both full and exhausted from our day but looking forward to the days ahead.

Best laid plans
There is a saying best laid intentions, well that's how we feel over the next couple of days as instead of getting more into the farm life and spending more time on horseback, something neither of us have had much of an opportunity for, we find ourselves stuck inside by the fire listening to the poring rain outside.

We pass the day by eating, and alternating between playing scopa and the lost cities and generally relaxing, including a few naps (i blame the good but excessive amount of food) we eat. While it is disappointing there is not much you can do about the weather (and we cant complain we have had pretty fabulous weather for our trip) and enjoy talking to Pedro and Nahir (well Gabriella does most of the talking as usual).

Our final morning we head into town, it has stopped raining but there is a tonne of water on the fields from the heavy rains. Gabriella gets to buy herself a pair of Bombacha trousers which is the traditional pants of the gauchos here. We find ourselves at the bus station and ready to embark for our next destination: Montevideo

The Nitty Gritty
Yuytu Itaty:
a wonderful working estancia near the Uruguayan town of Tacurembo in the North of Uruguay run by the wonderful Pedro and Nahir. You will be treated as part of the family as you ingrain yourself in farm life and have the opportunity to ride horses and eat far too much!
Cost: 1750 pesos per person, all inclusive. Transport return to the bus terminal is a further 600 pesos (total regardless of how many people) but is free if you stay more 3 or more nights

Getting There:
We came via Puerto Iguazu which is probably not the normal direction people would take. We took a bus to Concordia (13 hours) then a boat from there to Salto in Uruguay (1 hour) From there another bus to Paysandu (2 hours) before a bus to Tacuremebo (4 hours). It is possible to go from Puerto Iguazu further south in Argentina and then cross straight over to Paysandu which would probably make things a lot easier. From Montevideo its about 5 hours.
Costs: Puerto Iguazu to Concordia 336 pesos pp (Argentinian). Concordia - Salto 20 pesos (Argentinian) for the taxi to the port and 30 pesos pp (Argentinian). Salto - Paysandu 171 (Uruguayan) pesos. Paysandu - tacuarembo 330 pesos (Uruguayan). Bus to/ from Montevideo is just over 500 pesos.
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