José Ignacio & beyond


José Ignacio & beyond

José Ignacio & beyond

A selection of our favorite places for culture, food and daytrips.

Arts and culture

José Ignacio International Film Festival: 13 - 21 January 2024

A mere 10 minute walk from Posada Ayana, our local film festival screens a delightful selection on the beach. Ask us to secure your tickets.

Art Fest Garzon & ELLAS
TBD 2023

More than 50 Uruguayan and international artists take over the rural town of Garzon for talks, installations, performances and more.

MACA & Fundación Pablo Atchugarry

Contemporary Art museum by renowned Uruguayan artist, Pablo Atchugarry. MACA features his magnificent sculptures, private collection as well as special exhibitions and is surrounded by a beautiful sculpture park.

Eating out

Mostrador Santa Teresita

Stroll from Posada Ayana into a luscious lunch buffet. Beautifully presented and lots of choices every day by chef Fernando Trocca.

La Huella

A locally adored beach restaurant in the dunes of Playa Brava. It’s a short walk away and serves fresh sushi (exclusively made with local fish) by Coco and delicious brick oven pizzas.

Juana Cocina Bar

A cozy and rustic local gem serving organic and fresh food for any day of the week.

Nearby towns & cities

Cabo Polonio

Strap into a double decker 4x4 for vistas straight out of Mad Max, travelling to the remarkable town of Cabo Polonio. Its community lives entirely off-grid, and the lighthouse is the perfect place to spot sea lions.

Garzon - Francis Mallman

Head for the town to find the restaurant by the same name run by Francis Mallman - famed for cooking with flames. He also hosts “7 Fires” dinners at his estate - ask us to book you a seat at his table.


On a Saturday, visit Feria de Antigüedades for chic antiques, bric-a-brac and good vibes. On a Sunday head to Tristán Narvaja street market for artisan craftware, vintage clothes and street food.

There’s something for everyone in the local area. Let us know what you might like to do during your stay, and we’ll arrange everything with our great local guides, teachers and facilitators.


José Ignacio is a kitesurfing paradise. Both beginners and pros love it for its calm lagoons - a great place to learn.


Tennis courts are a short walk from the posada. Please allow us to book in advance for you.


Enjoy a private pilates class at the posada by the talented Sarah.

Horse Riding

Trek into the wide open landscapes on horseback - open to every riding ability. 
Ask us about full moon rides too.


Invigorate body and spirit with a yoga classes offered close by at beautiful yoga studios.


Ask us about chukkas and tournaments at nearby clubs.


Pack your knapsack and get ready for sweeping views.


Have a splashing time kayaking in Uruguay’s breathtaking nature.


Ease into your day with a private guided meditation.

Skyspace by James Turrell

As a family of art lovers, we’ve often come across the works by James Turrell. Every time they transported us to another world through the power of light. Turrell combines natural and artificial light in his Skyspaces, creating a unique and magical sensorial experience. It’s incredibly difficult to describe, you really need to experience it for yourself.

We’re beyond excited to soon be able to share his work with the town of Jose Ignacio and all visitors. It will be the first free-standing Skyspace in South America. We’ve always been utterly captivated by the skies in Jose Ignacio, which will be even more magnificent through the Skyspace.

James Turrell was born a son of Quakers in Los Angeles, 1943. 
He currently lives in Arizona.