To Do

Things to do in José Ignacio

Jose Ignacio, Uruguay is a picturesque coastal town known for its stunning beaches and laid-back atmosphere. It is an ideal destination for those looking for a relaxing and peaceful vacation. The town offers a variety of activities to suit different interests, from wine tasting to horseback riding and from surfing to golfing. Here are some of the best activities to do in Jose Ignacio:

Enotourism


Uruguay is home to a variety of soils, terroir, strains, micro climates, and internationally awarded wines and bodegas. Even if Uruguay is mainly known for its beef, it is a wine country, and the only one with an Atlantic climate, which has allowed it to develop balanced wines with unique and internationally recognized characteristics. Uruguay, the fourth most important wine-producing country in South America, grows a variety of grapes : Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Chardonnay, Albariño, Pinot Noir, but none more celebrated than Tannat, which has earned Uruguay a recognized place in the world of wine, and innumerable international awards. Over the years Tannat has become the quintessential Uruguayan grape and wine, representing about 40% of the country’s entire wine production.

La Toscana del Uruguay … The greatest wines of Uruguay are produced where the grape varietals find the ideal soil, climate, and conditions to express themselves in their most sublime form. Maldonado region is known for its ocean shore’s beauty, exclusive beach resorts, rolling hills and rugged nature. Nowadays it has become one of the main wine region in Uruguay. While visiting this region, go for a vineyard tour, meet with passionate winemakers and taste some of their best wines. Salud – Santé – Cheers …

Bodega Oceánica José Ignacio.

The real creator of Bodega José Ignacio’s wine is our land ” Marcelo Conserva & Natalia Welker ” owners of Bodega José Ignacio. Our vines grow on the soft hills of clay soil that overlie a crystalline basement, constantly aired by the oceanic breeze, a vital element that nurtures the healthy development of our fruits and the palatable acidity of our wines. The vineyards are located less than five hundred meters away from the winery. All wine-making processes are handmade with great care and detail. The knowledge of a valuable oenologist who acts as interpreter of the fruit essence and brings out the best of each grape, joins our passion to produce excellence in wines that express a great sense of oceanic origin. Bodega Oceanica’s philosophy is based on conveying a sense of place; from our land’s soul directly to your wineglass. A small winery that offers great wines. A Must Visit Bodega !!!Bodega Tour : Winery facilities tour – 4 wines tasting – Homemade bread and olive oil.
Almazara Tour : Olive oil mill tour – 3 Olive oils tasting – Homemade bread and a glass of wine.
Gourmet Tour : Winery facilities and Olive oil mill tour – 4 wines Tasting – Olive oil tasting – Selection of cheeses, serano ham, dried fruits, nuts, olives …

Finca José Ignacio. Ruta 9 – km156 – José Ignacio – Maldonado – Uruguay
Contact & Booking: +598 9738 0611 – www.ojoseignacio.com

Bodega Garzón

A terroir with privileged characteristics and a wide varietal garden grant the possibility of producing premium wines with a strong sense of terroir. Close to the Atlantic coast and 160 meters above sea level, the vine was planted in a privileged native land imprinting a unique, inimitable personality on our grapes which, along with a temperate weather and the organic practices developed in plantations, allows for each of our 20 different wines to reflect the authentic personality of the Garzón terroir. Each plot has its own microclimate, different orientations, varied levels of humidity, sun exposure and of soil characteristics, producing small vineyards of incredible biodiversity within them, including indigenous forests and natural palm trees. Bodega Garzón has a vineyard of more than one thousand plots and a 19,050 m² building, designed to be the first sustainable winery outside North America. It complies with the rigorous requirements of the United States Green Building Council which approved their LEED Certification.Garzón Estate Tour : Guided tour of the facilities of the winery – Tasting 3 Estate wines during the tour.

Bodega Garzon: This world-renowned winery located just outside of Jose Ignacio is a must-visit for wine lovers. The winery offers tours and tastings of their award-winning wines, as well as a restaurant and beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. The winery is known for its Tannat wines, which are considered among the best in the world.
Garzón Single Vineyard Tour : Guided tour of the facilities of the winery – Tasting 3 Estate wines during the tour – Touring the vineyard – Tasting 2 Single Vineyard wines with cheese …
Garzón Reserva Tour : Guided tour of the facilities of the winery – Tasting 4 Estate wines during the tour – Tasting 2 Reserva wines with cheese, bread and table olives.
Garzón Premium Experience Tour : Private tour of the vineyard – Guided tour of the facilities of the winery – Tasting of the most iconic wines guided by our Sommelier – Lunch.
Garzón Blending Session : Bodega Garzón Tour – Creation of your blend in groups – Assessment by a sommelier – 4 course lunch paired with the wines created in the Blending Sessions.

Bodega Garzón. Ruta 9. km175 – Garzón – Maldonado – Uruguay
Contact & Boooking: +598 4224 4040 – reservas@experienciasgarzon.com – www.bodegagarzon.com

Horseback Riding


Horseback riding is a popular activity in Jose Ignacio, with many local stables offering guided rides through the beautiful beaches and countryside. The town is surrounded by rolling hills and natural landscapes, making it ideal for horseback riding.

 

 

 

 

 

Haras Godiva

Haras Godiva was founded by Carolin Mallmann who happens to be a cousin of famous Chef ” Francis Mallmann “. Growing up, Carolin spent many summer holidays in Uruguay and on her family’s estancia in Argentina. Carolin opened Haras Godiva to live her true passion for horses, and to give others the chance to ride in a spectacular coastal and countryside setting. Haras Godiva provides group or private tuition for all levels from beginners to advanced, using well-trained horses from its stable. Saddle up ! Rural countryside trails, Laguna Garzón and the beaches are just minutes from Haras Godiva. Distance covered 14 km.Haras Godiva. Ruta 10 km 183.5 – Calle de la Escuela 41 – 20482 José Ignacio – Maldonado – Uruguay
Contact & Booking: +598 9910 0057 – info@harasgodiva.com – www.harasgodiva.com

Estancia Vik

Embark on the unique experience of horseback riding at Estancia Vik, a 4,000-acres setting on the countryside with comfortable facilities for the ones who enjoy the equestrian world. Ride out with real gauchos and explore Estancia Vik and its surroundings, and, if you’re pretty confident on a horse, there’s always the option of private polo lessons from some of South America’s top polo experts. Take a 10-minutes drive away from the beach and you’ll find yourself at the beautiful Estancia Vik. You don’t have to be a guest there to experience horse riding or Polo lessons.Estancia Vik. Cno Eugenio Saiz Martinez Km 8 – 20402 José Ignacio – Maldonado – Uuruguay
Contact & Booking: +598 9460 5212 – info@estanciavik.com – www.estanciavik.com

 

Water Sports


Jose Ignacio is a great destination for surfers and kite surfers, with many local surf schools offering lessons and equipment rentals for both sports. The town has a great surf spot with good waves for all levels, especially during the summer. The beaches are wide and long, and the water is crystal clear.

 

 

 

 

 

Club de Ski

Experience water-ski in an environment where landscape and high-end facilities allow beginners, wakeboarders, and elite competitors to share their passion for water-skiing. Come ski with us while having fun. Whether you’re a first timer or confirmed professional, Club de Ski will cater to all your wishes and desires. We have everything you need to enjoy a great day on our own private lake and facilities. Our instructors are capable of getting anyone up and skiing. If you already know how to ski or wakeboard, our instructors will help you advance the skills you are looking to master. At Club de Ski our goal is to provide you with the best instruction and world-class learning experience. First time on skis ! Ride for fun ! Elite ! We have the expertise, and offer all levels of tuition in an amazing environment. A bar,little bites and salads are also available on site.Club de Ski. Camino Saiz Martinez. km 8 – 20402 José Ignacio – Maldonado – Uruguay
Contact: +598 9926 5483

A Pura Vela

A Pura Vela is a sailing school that arises from the desire to promote and facilitate sailing in its recreational form for kids and adults. Our idea is to transmit what sailing means to us and the possibilities that this activity offers, whether it is enjoying a nice regata with little back-wind, appreciating the Laguna Garzón from a different point of view, observing rich native flora and fauna, or feeling the adrenaline of sailing when the wind conditions are a little more extreme. The services we provide are thought both for people who do not have experience in sailing and for those who already have knowledge in the area and wish to improve it.A Pura Vela. Ruta 10. km … – Laguna Garzón – Rocha – Uruguay
Contact: +598 9579 2007 – apuravelalg@gmail.com – www.apuravela.uy

 

Laura Kite & Windsurf.

Laguna Garzón is a huge lagoon with acres of flat water on one side, and the playful waves of the South Atlantic on the other. Laura’s school has more than 32 years of uninterrupted career, and is the only IKO nautical sports center of its kind in Uruguay. The School is run by Laura Moñino a former South America Windsurf champion. At Laura’s school our goal is to provide you with the best instruction and world-class learning experience. Water Sports and classes available: windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing, kayaking, stand up paddle …Laura Kite & Windsurf. Ruta 10. Km 190.5 – Laguna Garzón – Maldonado – Uruguay
Contact: +598 9442 0704 – laumonino@hotmail.com – www.kiteywindsurflaura.com

 

Golf


For those who love golf, Jose Ignacio is home to one of the most beautiful golf courses in South America, the Garzón Golf Course. This 18-hole course is located on a hill overlooking the ocean, and offers great views and challenging holes.

 

 

 

 

 

Garzón Tajamares Golf Club

Tajamares Golf Club is a ” PGA Tour Preferred Golf Course ” and the Most Prestigious Private Golf Club in Uruguay. The course layout was designed by Masters and US Open Champion winner Angel Cabrera. This PGA Championship 18-hole course is nestled within the prestigious Garzón’s vineyards estate. The course is a 7,000 yards par 72 and presents a real challenge for both professional as well as for amateur players, who will enjoy playing in a peaceful and breathtaking setting. With a sweeping landscape, rich fauna and flora, the course rises between olive groves, chestnut fields, palm trees, and natural lakes where Capivaras feel at home. These animals give to the course; a little touch of ” out of Uruguay “. If you have the chance to play the course ! Make sure to carry enough golf balls to finish your round ! Water in play doesn’t allow miss judgment. Tajamares amenities and services includes : full golf practice facilities ” driving range, approach zone, putting greens “, teaching pro, golf karts, changing rooms, snack bar at the turn. Private Golf Club. Members Only or upon Special Invitation !!!Tajamares Golf Club. Ruta 9 km 175 – Garzón – Maldonado – Uruguay – www.bodegagarzon.com – www.thegarzonclub.com

La Barra Golf Club

La Barra Golf Club is a very friendly and family oriented club. The 6,346 yards Par 72 golf course was designed by Emilio Serra, Marcos Capdepond and Diego Caprile, while Arch Diego San Martín designed the Club House. The course layout and the water hazards are a real challenge for both, confirmed and amateur players, who enjoy playing in such magical and natural setting. The fairways and the greens are generally very well maintained and drained, capable of supporting play throughout the year. When comes La Temporada ” the peak season ” essentially from December to mid-February, La Barra Golf Club gets back to life; golf events and tournaments are then organized on regular schedule basis. La Barra Golf Club offers best of golf services and amenities you can expect : full driving range facilities, golf karts, lockers, dressing rooms, snack bar, and a cosy Club House for the famous 19th Hole.La Barra Golf Club. Ruta 104 – Camino al Golf – La Barra – Maldonado – Uruguay
Contact & Booking : +598 4277 4440 – www.labarragolf.com

Fasano Las Piedras Golf Club

Brazilian real estate developer JHSF has chosen Arnold Palmer Design Company and Architect Thad Layton for building his first golf course in Uruguay. Las Piedras Golf Course was built taking special care to preserve the environment. The 9 hole golf layout ” for now ” is mostly an open farmland with a few rocky outcrops, water hazards, all very well integrated into the region breathtaking nature. Las Piedras Punta del Este project comprises a luxury boutique hotel operated by Brazilian hospitality firm Fasano Hotels. Fasano Las Piedras Punta del Este offers First Class Sport amenities : Golf Course, equestrian center, tennis courts, pool, kids club, private beach …Las Piedras Golf Club. Cno Egusquiza y Paso del Barranco – Punta del Este – Maldonado – Uruguay
Contact & Booking : +598 4267 0000 – www.laspiedrasfasano.com

 

Yoga


Jose Ignacio also offers plenty of opportunities for relaxation and rejuvenation. Many yoga and spa centers offer yoga and meditation classes, massages, and other treatments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Shack Yoga & Wellness Center.

A new space where to explore your inner world and awaken all your senses through yoga practice, meditation, massage therapy … The Yoga & Wellness Center at Vik Retreats “José Ignacio” is just a stone’s throw from the beach. Our new home will allow us to fully manifest the magic of The Shack in all its glory. At The Shack we operate with the understanding that the human body is at all times in need of either Activation, Purification or Rest. In order to maintain balance we must cultivate these three energies within us constantly. We believe that every human being has the intrinsic capacity to self-heal and discover structural, emotional and mental wholeness.Instructors : The Shack Yoga TeamThe Shack Yoga & Wellness Center at Vik. Ruta 10. Km 182,5 – 20402 José Ignacio – Maldonado – Uruguay
Contact : +598 9449 4555 – info@theshackyoga.com – www.theshackyoga.com – www.vikretreats.com

Las Musas Yoga Studio.

While speed sets the pace in our daily lives. Indulge yourself to explore your inner world. Come to heal your body and soul. Las Musas Yoga Studio is a space where to awaken your senses through yoga practice and meditation. Located in a calm and exclusive natural environment, Las Musas Yoga Studio specializes in Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Kurunta yoga. The practice is all about the details of your breath control « pranayama » and posture « asana ». While Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga involve lots of powerful flow and faster movement from one asana to the other, Iyengar yoga is a meticulous style of yoga; placing the emphasis on precision and alignment.Instructors : @Fernanda Mirales “Vinyasa” – @Flor Gama “Iyanga” – @Natalia Pulgar “Kurunta”.Las Musas Yoga Studio. Camino Sainz Martínez – 20402 José Ignacio – Maldonado – Uruguay
Contact : +598 9200 7374 – info@lasmusas.com.uy – www.lasmusas.com.uy

In addition to these activities, there are many other things to do in Jose Ignacio, such as visiting local art galleries and museums, strolling along the beach, or simply relaxing and enjoying the beautiful scenery.