La Pataia is located in the hills surrounding Punta del Este. The drive here alone is beautiful, and when you try their crepes with Dulce de Leche – you will wonder when you can return.
Already speaking of food, I am getting a little ahead of myself…..La Pataia is a tourist dairy farm, located a short drive from the heart of Punta del Este. Set up in the rolling green pasteurs, you will think you have travelled a lot further than 15 minutes from Punta del Este.
La Pataia was purchased in 2007, and since then, has converted itself into a tourist destination in its own right. Admission is free, and you are able to wander through the grounds, see the dairy equipment, check out the animals, there is a restaurant, gift shop and a small cafe. There are also some kids activities, you can rent horses or go on a tour on some 4WD bikes.
We had a ladies day out recently, and during our little “paseo” we found ourselves at La Pataia. It was a great opportunity to show off some of Uruguay to a couple of the ladies who hadn’t been here before. Unfortunately, we arrived a little late to be able to have any pancakes, but Mum and I had had them before, and they are absolutely delicious. Last time we were here, we also took home some wine and Dulce de Leche as a reminder. The Dulce de Leche is used throughout all the McDonalds McCafes in Uruguay – it’s that good!
So if you are in Punta del Este and are looking for a different experience, head up to La Pataia. And if you can, try and fit in a horse ride or a 4 wheel motorbike tour – it’s a great way to have a look around the whole property.
To get there, you can follow the signs from Punta Ballena.