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Horse riding in Uruguay
Taking to the saddle for a six-day riding tour through Uruguay
may be the dream trip of many a pony club fanatic, but you
don't need to be a riding junkie to indulge in this equestrian
adventure. Even rst-time riders will fall in love with life on the
hoof, as they walk, trot, or canter through wetlands, forests,
ranches and along some breathtaking beaches. Catering for
riders of all abilities, these family trips give a taste of life as a
gaucho in South America.
Small and sparsely populated it may be, but Uruguay packs
a scenic punch, with opportunities to observe the local wildlife
- turtles, sea lions, whales and armadillos - along the way.
You'll ride for around four hours a day and stay in a mixture of
private estancias and small boutique hotels. After six days in
the saddle, swap your chaps and the camp re for bright lights
and dancing shoes as you head to Buenos Aires for a few days
of city life before the ight home.
Price from £21,800 for a family of four for nine days, including
seven days of horse riding and two days in Buenos Aires, including
full board accommodation, support vehicle, horses, guide, nonalcoholic
drinks and local transfers; powderbyrne.com
Cycling in the Dordogne
It's no Tour de France, but Skedaddle's family cycling tour through
the Dordogne is the perfect break for families looking to embrace
a week of gentle pedal power. The circular cycle route starts and
nishes in the beautiful medieval town of Souillac. The distances
aren't vast (around 20 miles a day) and the terrain is mainly at,
so there's plenty of opportunity to check out traditional French
villages, forti ed towns and spectacular castles along the way.
You'll also have a chance to trade your pedals for paddles and
explore the underground water chambers of Gou� re de Padirac
and to visit France's most spectacular caves, the Grottes de Lacave.
Fresh air and interesting cycle routes make for special days, and
the swimming pools, good food and fabulous wines that await
you at your resting place each afternoon are welcome rewards
after a day in the saddle.
Price for a family of four (children under 12) from £2,340, including
seven nights on a B B basis, bike hire, maps and luggage transfer
between hotels, but excluding ights; skedaddle.co.uk
CATERING FOR RIDERS OF ALL ABILITIES,
THESE FAMILY TRIPS GIVE A TASTE OF LIFE
AS A GAUCHO IN SOUTH AMERICA