Uruguay wildlife tours are some of the most diverse on the continent, offering everything from bird-watching on Uruguayan ranches, or estancias, to cattle-herding, to trail-riding along some of the most beautiful coastline in the country interspersed with experiences on a working farm. Being a nature-lover in Uruguay is akin to being a pasta aficionado in Italy; there is a wealth of experiences to have throughout the entire country.
Horseback riding is one of the best ways to enjoy Uruguay wildlife tours. With the weather neither too hot nor cold, a diverse and fascinating landscape, and plenty of ranches for overnight lodging, a riding holiday offers more than most imagine. Tours ride across sweeping grasslands, through pine forests and onto vast sand dunes, along beautiful isolated beaches and through palm groves and by freshwater lagoons. Turtles, dolphins, whales, sea lions, and dozens of bird species are just some of the wildlife to see.
Peaceful and small, Uruguay offers outdoor vacations via some pretty amazing tours concentrated on an array of ecosystems, mainly throughout the UNESCO acclaimed biosphere reserve called Bañados Del Este. This biosphere reserve encompasses a large number of eco-sensitive areas home to scores of native Uruguayan species.
The complexity of ecosystems within the reserve propagate a rich mix of wildlife and biological diversity. The coastal area is flanked by both the ocean and several lagoons, creating some of the most magnificent scenery in the country. These areas include Punta del Este, Cebollatí River, Jose Ignacio, National Park of San Miguel, Sierra de los Caracoles, and Quebrada de los Cuervos. Wildlife and birding tours can be experienced as extended vacation packages led by professional tour guides over a week to two weeks, or as day or multi-day excursions to one or more of the biosphere destinations.