Cerro Largo is one of the nineteen departments that make up the Eastern Republic of Uruguay. Its capital is Melo, where the famous poet Juana de Ibarborou was born, popularly called “Juana de América”; one of the attractions of this city is the “Fountain of the Toads” mentioned by the poetess in the poem “Chico Carlo”. This departmental capital has the Rivera Park and the picturesque Spanish patio. In its local gastronomy we find the dessert “Ambrosía” originated by the ancestors in the time of the Viceroyalty. Located in the central-eastern part of the country, it is bordered to the north by the Negro River, which separates the departments of Tacuarembó and Rivera, to the east by Brazil, to the southeast by Lake Merín, which again separates it from Brazil, to the south by Treinta y Tres and west on Durazno. It has the Laguna Merín spa, declared by the FAO “World Fresh Water Reserve”. Other cities to highlight are Yaguarón with its international bridge “Baron de Maua” which is a Cultural Heritage of Mercosur, connecting with the city of Yaguarón in the state of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. With 13,648 km², it is the fourth largest department in Uruguay.
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