208 km from Montevideo. The Anchorena Park is the resting place of the Uruguayan presidents. This park classified as a Protected Area is located in the department of Colonia, on the left bank of the Río San Juan at the mouth of the Río de la Plata. This National Park is located on the site of the former estancia of Don Aarón de Anchorena. At the entrance you will see an English style house, the Casa presidencial, which was the home of Aarón de Anchorena, an Argentine born in 1877. The latter criss-crossed Europe and Asia aboard the ship El Pampa. This 1,370-hectare park - originally Anchorena was 11,000 hectares - dates back to 1907, when Anchorena and his friend Jorge Newbery crossed the River Plate in a hot air balloon, El Pampero. The park is home to an animal species introduced by its founder, the axis deer, a species of spotted deer native to Asia, as well as wild boar (in the past there were also buffalo and pheasants). Among the fifty or so species to be discovered are foxes, weasels and a wide variety of birds. Oaks, cork oaks, Japanese maples and many types of eucalyptus trees adorn the park. From the top of its 75 meters, a tower offers a breathtaking view of the park, the Torre de Gaboto. On a clear day, it is possible to see the towers of Buenos Aires.
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