There are lots of things to do around José Ignacio. Just a few minutes from Viejo Fox is Laguna Garzón a centre for windsurfing and birdwatching. In the Arenas de José Ignacio is situated an excellent riding school which specialises in horse riding on the Playa Brava beach and through the Arenas de José Ignacio. Mountain biking through the Arenas is also popular. The Playa Brava is a great place to surf and kite surf and sea fishing is also popular on the beach.
A short journey from Jose Ignacio is the small arty town of Garzón with the famous Garzón Restaurant, run by Francis Mallman. Francis Mallmann is easily Argentina’s most famous chef, originally trained in French cuisine, he now cooks with Argentine ingredients and wood fires, the way he had seen gauchos and Indians cook when he was growing up in Patagonia. He located his restaurant in the remote town of Garzón because he fell in love with the relaxed, remote and beautiful landscape of Garzón .
Situated near the town is Bodega Garzón which produces some excellent wines. In the last few years, Uruguay has become one of the most interesting destinations for wine tourism and leading the way is Bodega Garzón which has been pioneering a new sustainable way to produce wine. International vinter Alejandro P. Bulgheroni, explains that when he set up the winery in the “magnificently beautiful place we immediately set the goal of using sustainable farming practices and the most current technology to produce world-class wines that represent Garzón’s unique vineyard biodiversity, soil structure, sun exposure, and proximity to the ocean.” This environment has endowed Bodega Garzón with mineral wealth, excellence, complexity and gracefulness. Wine tasting along with many other activities such as balloon riding, cycling and olive picking are offered at Bodega Garzón