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Fray Bentos

Río Negro is nestled between the two most important rivers in the country, the majestic Río Uruguay (Uruguay River) and the mighty Río Negro (Black River). They have a combined discharge of over five million liters per second. The territory contains numerous flowing rivers and borders with two major hydroelectric reservoirs: Rincón de Palmar and Rincón de Baygorria. Its climate is mild and pleasant which facilitates enjoyment of nature throughout the year. Río Negro has extraordinarily fertile soil which exceeds 200 points on the CONEAT index in many areas, and this makes it one of the most productive departments in the country.

In Fray Bentos, the first industrial establishment of Uruguay was installed, Liebig´s internationally famous meat packing plant. Today, the department is witnessing a new period of rapid industrial development after the installation of the Botnia pulp mill, which has brought a new era of prosperity. Río Negro has beautiful river beaches like Las Cañas, Puerto Viejo and Potrero de Burro on the Río Uruguay and the Los Arrayanes on the Río Negro.


The department is also characterized by the presence of multiple areas of valuable and bountiful biodiversity. The preservation and valorization of these areas has been beneficial to the local communities living in the region. For example, the Farrapos Estuaries and Islands of Río Uruguay, located on the western coast of the department, have been identified and promoted as a Protected Area by the National System of Protected Areas, and are a source of pride for the people of Río Negro.