The 140 different bird species that live here are a sign of the rich biodiversity of this area.
This unique ecosystem expands across the departments of San José, Canelones and Montevideo itself, with around 2,500 of the over 20,000 hectares of this impressive biosphere reserve located within the capital city. These wetlands are of invaluable importance in terms of biodiversity, water management, stunning natural landscapes and countless opportunities for scientific research. As such, the area is hugely popular with visitors to the city. This natural paradise really showcases the rich biodiversity of this region of Uruguay: over 140 bird species have made their home at the mouth of the Santa Lucía River, including the Pampa finch, herons, woodpeckers, vermilion flycatchers or kingfishers, alongside multiple species of amphibians, reptiles and mammals. At around twenty kilometres from Montevideo, it is an ideal location for a day trip outside of the city.