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Flores

Just two hours from Montevideo, this department is home to one of the two existing geoparks in the whole of South America. Flores is synonymous with adventure, nature and tranquility.
Located in the center of the country, Flores offers a diverse range of natural areas favorable for adventure tourism, recreation, rest and tranquility. Its natural grasslands, large lakes situated to the north of the department and the spectacular Dr. Rodolfo Talice Wildlife Reserve allow you to have the experience of an intimate and profound contact with nature. The rural establishments and ranches retain their rich and cherished traditions, offering welcoming accommodation and excellent local cuisine. Visitors can participate in the activities which are most representative in terms of agriculture and national folklore, in addition to boating, horseback riding and mountain biking, among other pleasant options. Local businesses, together with the municipality, have made a strong effort to provide better alternatives in terms of price and quality to ensure that there are no excuses for not enjoying these experiences. Despite being the youngest department in Uruguay, as well as one of the smallest, the lands in Flores are rich with old legends and great archaeological and geological treasures which are yet to be discovered. In December 2013 Flores became just the second place in South America where there is a geopark, after the one located in Chapada do Araripe in Brazil. Come and discover this magical bridge between nature, community and science. Please bear in mind that in order to see the different geosites in their entirety you will need more than one day and, in many cases, prior coordination.

Source: Municipality of Flores