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CHRISTINE von Bonstetten has her roots in old Switzerland. Her family left Switzerland and landed in Uruguay. Her biggest passion are horses. All her life she has bred Criollos and Arabs. Today she is in charge of all the horses and the Aberdeen Angus cattle at her estancia.. The "Estancia Don Pipo" is personally run by Christine and a team of Gauchos. She loves to introduce you to the world she grew up in, the heart of Uruguay. She speaks fluently Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese. Some people say, she even speaks "Criollo" and "Angus" with her animals... Nobody will show you the wide open grasslands on a horseback better than her.
PETER WIRTH is a 5th generation Swiss hotelier with world wide experience. His grandfather grew up at the Bürgenstock, Peter grew up at the Hassler Hotel in Rome, is a graduate of the Swiss Hotelschool of Lausanne and has a B.Sc. of Cornell University. He trained at the Mandarin in Hong Kong with Peter Stafford and at Claridge's in London. During the 90s he was Executive Director at the Waldorf Astoria in New York and in Mexico he owned and managed the first Relais & Chateaux of Latin America - the Casa de Sierra Nevada in San Miguel de Allende,
Love plays an important role in his life. Peter fell in love with Uruguay and Salto in particular. He loves its people, its history, its culture and the colonial Gaucho tradition. It reminded him of San Miguel de Allende. He speaks fluently Swiss German dialect, Spanish, English, Italian, German, French as well as a little Portuguese and Mandarin.