Estancia Don Emilio
Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
300Trip End Nov 04, 2008
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We probably made a record with 3 ladies being sick!
So after that episode we were seriously looking for a good breath of clean oxygen...and boy did we get it!
The estancia is about 15 kms from the town of Coronel Oviedo, a short taxi ride. When we arrived we were greated by Ņa (doņa) Virginia who is the cook and makes sure everything works
Much to our surprise we were the only people there (as tourists). Apparently the high season is over now for these estancias and they now wait for the week of Easter when everything will be packed again. Obviously we did not complain as it meant having everything to ourselves for the 2 days we planned to stay there.
The pictures show the pattern of our first day there. Whoever knows us will already know that we like our food, and believe us...Ņa Virginias cooking is top notch, and we simply could not get hungry. The offer of breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner was no joke. We could have survived a full day with any of the 4!
We started with a nice dip in the swimming pool (called "pileta" here), with some lemonade on the side. We didnt include any close ups of the pictures in the pool as we have over indulged in great food lately and we dont want to scare anyone!
On the food side, there was always plenty of meat on the table
For anyone planning to visit Paraguay we warmly recommend staying at the Estancia Don Emilio, probably the best 2 days of our 2 months trip yet. Pure relaxation and horse riding. Their web page is: http://www.donemilioestancia.com/
Actually, it was very nice to see that Marcos took such an interest (and liking) in riding, and even more, he managed very well! He was the one pushing for an hour of practice in the fenced yard, which caused our leader to watch with astonishment: there we were chasing these horses up and down in trott and galopp! Dont forget, it was about the 3rd time Marcos was on a horse! So, next time out in the field, he could not get enough of the galopp, which made the ride enjoyable for me also (apart from the wonderful scenery)! That was so different to any other place I have been riding before: Nowhere they would give you a horse and let you "practice" in their front yard. I warmly recomment any passionate rider to go to an estancia in Paraguay! And dont you let yourself put off by those boys riding in flip flops, chance is big they know much more about horses then you do :)