Lussich Arboretum

The Lussich Arboretum is an arboretum of 192 hectares (470 acres) located in the Maldonado Department of Uruguay near Punta del Este and Punta Ballena.

History

On 5 October 1896 Antonio Lussich bought a terrain of 4,447 acres (1,800 ha), which extend from "Arroyo el Potrero" to "Sierra de la Ballena" and from Rio de la Plata to Laguna del Sauce, land which at that time consisted only of sand dunes and stones. The next year Antonio Lussich started the forestry works which had as objective on one hand, to forest the dry lands in an attempt to stop the high winds that came from the ocean, and on the other, once the forest was established, to encourage birds to inhabit it. In order to do that, Antonio Lussich, thanks to the enterprise of maritime rescue contracts obtained all over the world, could manage to get seeds from numerous continents. He bought seeds, plants and trees from around the world and planted them around his house. The first trees planted were Tamarix, sea pines, Eucalyptus and Acacia trinervis to resist the strong winds and sand.

During December 1979, 182 hectares (450 acres) was donated to the Municipality of Maldonado and then opened to the public. The Lussich Arboretum is one of the most important Forest Reserves in the world.

Species

The Lussich Arboretum has more than 400 exotic species and around 70 Uruguayan species.

Between many of the trees species, the most important are:

  • Abies, 6 species.
  • Acacia, 8 species.
  • Cupressus, 9 species.
  • Eucalyptus, 45 species.
  • Juniperus, 10 species.
  • Pinus, 20 species.
  • Quercus, 16 species.
  • Thuja, 4 species.

See also

  • Antonio Lussich
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Santiago Ojeda
1 March 2016
Lugar espectacular para no perderse! Paseo para hacer en familia, con amigos, en pareja o solo, realmente vale la pena ir! Se encuentra la mayor variedad de especies de flora de Latinoamérica
Alison Roth
26 May 2015
Un paseo hermoso! Para perderse en la naturaleza y disfrutar de la variedad de hermosos árboles. Muy recomendable para ir en bici! Y llevar repelente
Glitz Latinoamérica
5 February 2012
Una de las reservas forestales más importantes de América. Cuenta con 400 especies exóticas y 70 autóctonas entre árboles y arbustos. Imperdible para glitzeros amantes de la naturaleza!
Carol Fer
20 November 2015
Excelente lugar xa relajarse caminar entre la forestacion la paz y tranquilidad abunda ????????
Carol Fer
31 August 2015
Su paisaje mucha forestacion! recomendable ya sea sólo o con compañía muy disfrutable!
Antonio Gonzalez Arnao
4 February 2012
50 especies diferentes de pinos!
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