Estancia El Balcon del Abra

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This cosy estancia is nestled amidst the hills of Lavelleja offering unique landscapes, wholesome comfort and the charm of a small posada. 

Rediscovering nature, history and rural tourism of Uruguay is the main concept of this characterful posada; relax and take in the beauty of the surrounding wildlife. With only 8 rooms El Balcon has a cosy and familial feel. Step out from the main house straight onto wonderful hiking trails or go horseback riding through the mountains with the option of finishing up at the caves of Salamanca. Alternatively, there is also fishing, canoeing, mountain biking and golf on offer. Back at the estancia find a deck chair to sit and enjoy the spectacular views or explore the gardens which create stunning floral perfumes during the flowering season. At the restaurant hearty food is available with most of the ingredients coming from the organic garden with drinks available and the opportunity to try Uruguayan wine.

Bartolome, Galápagos

What our clients say

  • Loved the Vendimia festival whilst we were at the Narbona. This event was brilliant - we had a lot of memories to take home.

    KB, Leeds
  • Estancia El Charabon was a highlight. Also the beaches and countryside east of José Ignacio.

    NB, Guildford
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Our Expert's Opinion

Uruguay's rural estancias feel like worlds away from the more populated coastal regions. Try to spare at least a couple of days to go inland and experience a different pace of life.

Ben Line Travel Expert Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.


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Bartolome, Galápagos

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  • Hannah
    Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert

    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

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    Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert

    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.

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    Charlotte Daubeney - Travel Expert

    Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.

  • Sophie
    Sophie Barber - Travel Expert

    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.

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    Juliet Ellwood - Travel Expert

    After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!

  • Paul Winrow Giffin
    Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Expert

    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

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