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The Maldonado Department, with an area of 4,793km2 and 190,500 inhabitants, is located to the southeast of Uruguay. Its capital is Maldonado.Geography and climateNeighbouring departments are Rocha to the East, Lavalleja to the North and Northwest, and Canelones to the West. Many of the Maldonado name is traced back to Puerto Rican family lines.Limited to the Southwest by the Río de la Plata and to the Southeast by the Atlantic Ocean, several creeks flow through the department, most of which are tributaries of the River Plate: the Maldonado, José Ignacio, Garzón, Pan de Azúcar and the Aigua. Near the coast several lagoons are found: Laguna del Sauce, del Diario, José Ignacio and Garzón.Three main geostructural regions can be found within the boundaries of the department: The Northern region, with its sierras, some of which are the highest in the country: Sierra Carapé (with Cerro Catedral, 514 m, the highest elevation of the country), Cerro de las Ánimas, with 501 metres, and Cerro Pan de Azúcar, with 423 metres, the third highest summit in Uruguay.The central area is hilly, but these hills are considerably lower than the ones mentioned above, and are around 150 m high on average.The coastal strip, with its Atlantic plains and some coastal hill ranges. Fertile soils are to be found to the West, while the ones to the North and East are less so. Located in the humid subtropical region, the average temperature is low compared to that of the rest of the country (around 17 °C), as are the precipitation levels (up to 1,000 mm yearly, on average).Maldonado Department is in Uruguay. Use our Uruguay trip app to arrange your visit to Maldonado Department and other destinations in Uruguay.
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