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Montes del Queguay

The Montes del Queguay area, located at the confluence of the Queguay Grande and Queguay Chico Rivers, entered the National System of Protected Areas in December 2014 as a result of its diverse environments. It has an area of approximately 20,000 hectares which includes lowlands (wetlands, grasslands, lakes, rivers), one of the largest ranges of natural coastal hills in the country, highlands (basaltic hills and associated hill forests), and shrublands.
The area was also the stage for many events that marked the history of our country, so high cultural, historical and archaeological values can be added to its natural value.
The forests of Paysandú were where the last Charrúas (the indigenous population) lived and you can still find the ranch where Melchora Cuenca, the Paraguayan wife of José Artigas, spent her last years on the banks of the Queguay River.
Through the joint work of the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Sport, the construction of a Visitor Center will be financed through the "Tourism Sector Support" loan contract to enhance the experience of visitors to the area.

Main Attractions

Estancia El Ancla.

Fundada en 1857 por Manuel Custodio Silveira (conocido como “Don Maneco”), aquí  funciona un museo donde se exhiben utensilios indígenas hallados en la zona.

Bosques ribereños.

Sobre el río Queguay Grande hay un extenso sendero interpretativo con más de 40 especies de aves autóctonas, varias de ellas en peligro de extinción  y 23 de árboles, entre ellos el quebracho, el tala, la coronilla, el ceibo y el virarót.

Cueva del Tigre.

Dentro de ella se encuentra una de las mayores colonias de murciélagos del país.