Montevideo Rural and Natural
The rural area of Montevideo forms a green belt covering more than 60% of the territory of the department.
Being located a few minutes from the city center, it offers a wide expanse of nature where the countryside, beaches, nautical areas and urban areas coexist.
You can perform recreational activities, visit productive enterprises and ecotourism.
With 3,800 inhabitants, Santiago Vázquez is the last town that the department of Montevideo conserves. It is located on the mouth of the Santa Lucía River in the Río de la Plata and has a port for sports boats and a regatta track.
Punta Espinillo Park
It is located on the banks of the Río de la Plata, a few minutes from the Santiago Vázquez Town. It is characterized by its wide area of trees and by having a small and rocky beach. It has an area with services to spend the day, such as barbecue grills, children's games, sports areas and a hostel, as well as a free camping area and cabins that are enabled during the summer season.
Wetlands of Santa Lucia
It is an ecosystem of coastal saline wetlands that includes more than 20,000 hectares, surrounded by an extensive indigenous forest. The water coming from the Río de la Plata gives them the particularity of being saline wetlands.
They are the only brackish water in South America, the largest and most important in the country and contain a high degree of biodiversity, including more than half of the bird species existing in our country. For these reasons, this ecosystem has been included in the National System of Protected Areas.
There you will find the Santa Lucía Municipal Natural Park and the Visitor Center of the Wetlands Commission, Educational and Research Center of the Santa Lucía River Wetlands.
Fotos: Mónica Berlingeri