The Trip-Finder, January 1998
The Route: Stay for a week at Estancia La Calera, a 22,000-acre fifth-generation family ranch on the pampa northwest of Montevideo. A three-night camping excursion by horseback to neighboring ranches is included.
When to go: Year-round
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Travel advisory: Learn some Spanish before you go; although the ranch owners speak good English, the gauchos don't. Basic riding skills won't hurt, either.