Costa Jose Ignacio
A MOVIE-SET-PERFECT GAUCHO TOWN IN THE URUGUAYAN COUNTRYSIDE.Pueblo Garzon is a one-horse….actually a 75 horse town in the rolling green estancia country of Uruguay’s Maldonado province. It’s a gorgeous 40 minute drive inland from the jetset bohemian beach town of Jose Ignacio. The town was practically abandoned until famed Argentine chef Francis Mallmann bought a building and then nearly the whole town to create a movie-set perfect town and install another fine restaurant in his empire. Others, mostly friends, famous and wealthy, have followed, buying up abandoned buildings and creating summer houses, yet preserving the rustic gaucho character of the whole town. Speaking of that, there’s not much to the town, just a few square blocks surround a central plaza. But it is a beautifully scenic and mellow place to go hang for a few days at Francis’ Garzon restaurant and hotel.