Canelones is the capital of the department of Canelones in Uruguay. It is located on Route 5 about 50 kilometers (31 mi) North of Montevideo and on its intersection with Route 64. It lies on the west bank of the river Arroyo Canelón Chico. Its name is derived from a species of cinnamon, which is called "canelón", growing along the banks of the homonymous river.
Canelones is also the name of the municipality to which the city belongs