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You’ll fall in love with this sleepy Colonial hamlet in eastern Uruguay’s sparsely populated interior.

In the village of Garzon, not to be confused with the larger municipality, you’ll find sheep grazing on unpaved roads and a year-round population of only several hundred. You’ll also be surprised to discover the tiny village is a gastronomic hub and retreat for South America’s summering glitterati.

The revitalization of this once blighted village can be mostly attributed to celebrity Argentine chef Francis Mallmann, who opened El Garzon restaurant here in 2003, paving the way for the area’s recovery. Since Garzon is still a very small village, we recommend our clients who crave a bit more action stay at Posada Mosaico located halfway between Garzon and another iconic Uruguayan destination— Jose Ignacio. At Posada Mosaico, Mother Nature is the star and friendly vibes, attentive service and cool ambiance abound. For those who love peace, quiet and off-the-beaten path charm, Posada Casa Anna, located near to town, is quite lovely and whimsical-- though moderately appointed.

Today, Garzon is known for its diverse culinary offerings and high-end winery, as well as its relatively abundant antique, design and ceramics shops— all set amongst a town where you’ll still find gauchos on horseback and other old-world charms. Outside the city center, closer to Posada Mosaico, guests will find numerous outdoor activities, including kitesurfing, waterskiing, horseback riding, and much more. Of course, laying back and relaxing along the shores of the local lake is also a beloved activity in Garzon.

The best ways to access Garzon are to either fly into Punta del Este or Montevideo and drive. Punta del Este is just a bit closer. If you are only visiting Garzon, an overnight stay will probably suffice, but we recommend spending more time to see all the neighboring areas too.

Garzon tours can be customized for your personal interests. Have questions about this destination, tours here or hotels? Speak with our Uruguay destination specialists at (800) 772-9188.
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