The department of Durazno is located towards the central area of Uruguay. This department borders with the department of Rio Negro to the northwest, with Tacuarembo to the east, with Florida to the south, with Treinta y Tres to the southeast, with Flores to the southwest, and with Cerro Largo to the east.
This department has a population of about 58.860 inhabitants and an area of 11.643 km2, with a resulting density of population of approximately 5.05 inhabitants per km2. The capital of the department of Durazno is the city of same name, which has a population of about 30.530 inhabitants.
Durazno is the location of important Uruguayan musical events: the national folklore festival, the first llamadas (carnaval parade) of the countryside, and the pilsen rock music festival (a rock festival which attracts bands and people from not only Uruguay but other South American countries as well).
After the city of Durazno, other important urban centers or towns in this department are: Sarandi del Yi, Carmen, La Paloma, Santa Bernardina, and Blanquillo.