In tiny Uruguay, two-wheeled travellers bike alongside local gauchos on roads that follow the pampas or fertile rolling fields straight to white-sand beaches.

Just north of Punta del Este lies the more low-key village of José Ignacio. Nearby, the expansive, 12-room Estancia Vik sits on 4,000 acres of rolling countryside. The traditional Spanish colonial-style retreat is also a superb art gallery, displaying contemporary Uruguayan art commissioned and collected by hotel owner and bike enthusiast Alex Vik. After cycling, there’s time to relax by the pool, go for a horseback ride, or visit local boutiques. It’s tough to top a parrilla (traditional BBQ) at Vik or dinner at its fantastic beachside sister property, Playa Vik, but great local restaurants abound—including Francis Mallman’s Garzon, the beachfront La Huella, and Bodega Narbona.

Thank you so much for another wonderfully organized biking trip. I think you know that it is a highlight, probably the highlight of each year for most of this group. The combination of the genius, generosity, and spirit of our host and the execution skills of you and your colleagues made for memorable experiences once again. The choice of hotels, restaurants, biking routes, etc., etc., etc. was truly wonderful. I had a ball. Thank you again.
P.S., Florida, USA

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