Artigas is a city located in the extreme north of Uruguay, near the border with Brazil.
It is the capital of the homonymous department and has a population of around 40,000 inhabitants. It was founded in 1852 and bears the name of the Uruguayan hero José Gervasio Artigas.
Among its tourist attractions are the International Park, a protected natural area that covers a portion of land on both sides of the Uruguayan-Brazilian border; the Artigas Regional Museum, which exhibits objects and historical documents related to the region; and the Concordia International Bridge, which connects Artigas with the Brazilian city of Quaraí.
The city has a good tourist infrastructure, including hotels, restaurants and shops. It is also known for its festivals and cultural events, such as the Fiesta de la Patria Gaucha and the Artiguense Carnival.
To get to Artigas from Montevideo you can take Route 5 to the north, which takes approximately 7 hours by car. There are also bus services from Terminal Tres Cruces in Montevideo and from other cities in the country.