Welcome to the ¨Patria Gaucha¨ - The biggest gaucho festival in Uruguay!

Until March 6th 2016, the biggest Gaucho Festival of Uruguay, the ¨Patria Gaucha¨, took place in Tacuarembó in northern Uruguay.

Since 1987 so called ¨Sociedades Criollas¨, social clubs cultivating the old traditions of the Uruguayan countryside, celebrate the ¨Patria Gaucha¨, the ¨gaucho mother land¨, during 5 days every year in the beginning of March.

Since Uruguayos love to compete (e.g. Carnival :) ), also this festival is based around a competition: The sociedades score points in different categories, such as recreating a typical lodging of the Uruguayans in the countryside before the year 1920, cooking traditional foods and showing their horseback riding skills in rodeos and ¨doma gaucha¨ (gaucho dressage).

I visited the festival for the first time in 2014 and it was a great experience: you feel catapulted back into the last century and into a parallel society, surrounded by people in traditional gaucho clothing and many of them moving around the festival ground on horseback.

Unfortunately, this year I was not able to attend, but for 2017, I will definitely organize a trip up north and will invite you to experience the real gaucho culture!

So keep tuned!

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