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Pueblo Garzón

On the Atlantic coast and on the border between the departments of Rocha and Maldonado lies Laguna Garzón, which is part of the Habitat/Species Management Area, a protected are in ​​Uruguay. The area, rich in biological diversity, covers 9,596 hectares of land area and 27,332 hectares of sea surface. The water mirror, which forms the Laguna Garzón, represents 1,750 hectares.
Just as the Laguna de Rocha, it communicates with the Atlantic Ocean by a strip of sand that opens periodically, either naturally or artificially by human action. This process favors biological productivity, as it is the breeding site for a significant number of resident and migratory bird species, fish, mollusks and crustaceans. This gives the area of ​​the lagoon a great economic, ecological and scenic value.

A wonderful landscape

Hillocks, hills, low plains, the coastal strip and a portion of the coastal platform form the landscape around the lagoon. In the adjacent area there are other smaller water mirrors flowing into Laguna Garzón. On the coastal hillocks there are patches of psammophilous shrubs, an early woody stage in the colonization of dunes, which leads to the natural fixation and soil formation in dune areas near the beach.

The psammophilous forest is a later stage, more stable, that develops in places relatively protected from the prevailing winds.


The area is an interesting site for birdwatching. In fact, it has been denominated as and Important Area for the Conservation of Birds, for its ornithological importance. The Olrog's Gull, the Buff-breasted Sandpiper, black neck swans and the Chilean flamingo can be seen there. Also the American Golden-Plover and the White-rumped Sandpiper, nearctic migratory pluvialis, species that reproduce in North America and that regularly migrate towards the south during the non-mating season.
Darwin's toads, reptiles, brown brockets, mouse-tailed bats and black spiny-necked swamp turtles also inhabit the area and specimens of the Southern Right whale can be seen in the oceanic waters during the mating season.

Laguna Garzón Bridge
Formerly, the crossing of Laguna Garzón from Rocha to Maldonado and vice versa was made by raft. However, in December 2015, the Laguna Garzón Bridge was inaugurated, a conciliatory and awesome new architectural wonder that facilitates the enjoyment of the many tourist destinations of Rocha and Maldonado. A ring-shaped structure supported by a series of columns allows the free flow of the lagoon’s changes and also the use of boats, a typical element of the area.

How to get there?

From Rocha: take route 9, at km 188 there is a sign with directions to Laguna Garzón. Drive for 40 minutes until you reach the junction with route 10, then turn right to Laguna Garzón Bridge. It can also be accessed from the beach resorts of El Caracol, Costa Bonita and El Bonete.

Source: Municipality of Rocha