Estancia San Juan offers 5 bedrooms each with bath & fireplace, and will accommodate up to ten guests. With plenty of space to spread out, this estancia offers a comfortable living room with its inviting fireplace as a center piece, a dining room boasting exquisite meals, fine wines and a majestic view. On pleasant evenings or before the next hunt the Estancia offers an open air galleria so guests may enjoy the fresh air and Uruguayan countryside at any time.
At San Juan, it is both a privilege and an innovation to offer a la carte dining to our shooting guests. No other lodge in the shooting world offers such choices. We offer a deluxe breakfast, with a menu including eggs prepared any one of six ways, waffles, porridge, and French toast.
Our field lunches are legendary, and are served al’ fresco in the shooting area each day. Lunch will feature a variety of meats and salads, grilled dove breasts, a fillet or our tender beef, several varieties of our famous sausages, short ribs, plus lamb, grilled chicken or other meats. To the meats we add several salads, bread we make in our own kitchen, plus beverages and a nice desert. Not surprisingly we also bring hammocks to lunch in case you need a little siesta.
The evening meal is a celebration of fine dining, yet in a casual setting, and it is a chance for our in house chefs to really shine. Again, options are ala carte, so if you are enjoying our famous beef and wish to enjoy a steak each evening, we’ll happily grill one to order, but if you’d dare be a bit more adventurous and would wish to try Risotto with calamari ink, or grilled trout with tomato puree, then we’d encourage you to join us with our specialty dishes. Finally, there are the desserts. Each day brings a new creation, from flan to our local delight, dulce de leche, plus fruits, homemade ice creams and pies.
San Juan houses a unique and bespoke collection of the best local wines from Paysandú and Uruguay.
Estancia San Juan is located in the northwest region of Uruguay in the state of Paysandú near the river town of Paysandú. The lodge is located approximately 336 kilometers or 208 miles away from Montevideo, the capital and the major metropolitan center of this small country.
Guests of Estancia San Juan have multiple means of arrival/departure from the lodge based on their point of origin or final destination. Most commonly, shooters traveling on international flights to Uruguay and Montevideo International Airport will be met by a San Juan Lodge representative who will assist with gun clearance, if necessary, and who will transport the group to San Juan Lodge. The drive is approximately 3 hours through scenic rural Uruguay via paved highway.
Hunting and shooting at San Juan offers a variety of game that makes Uruguay a very unique destination not only in South America, but anywhere in the world. It is a rare treat for the wingshooter that hunters can enjoy the pursuit of an upland and marsh mixed bag in the same day, each and every day.
Each morning you will hunt wild partridge or perdiz in short grass pastures, and over English setters, or depending on wind and weather, the morning hunt could include ducks and big wild pigeons; both are hunted by decoys on ponds or in fields nearby. In the afternoons, volume dove shooting is on the shooting schedule, and normally doves are encountered– in large numbers– on a flyway enroute to a roost or very near a big roost that is just minutes from the lodge. However, when planning your shooting holiday to Uruguay, please consider these seasonal limitations as a guideline:
- Perdiz hunting runs May 1st to July 31st.
- Duck hunting runs from May1st until September 15th.
- Pigeons generally run from May 1st to September 15th
- Dove shooting is available and productive year round.
Your host and guide will be with you to provide you with challenging shooting, and bird boys will also be there to provide other necessities such as shotgun shells, refreshments, and anything else you may need. shooting. Each evening you will return to the lodge for cocktails and dinner. Drive time to hunt locations is usually between 10 and 35 minutes for the perdiz, ducks, or pigeon fields, and from 5 up to 35 minutes for the dove.
White-Faced Whistling Duck
Known as Partridge or Perdiz, the Spotted Tinamou is related to the pheasant and also the ostrich or rhea. They are sporting gamebirds that hold well for dogs, and are usually found as single birds or in pairs.