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The village is located on the intersection of Routes 84 and 74, northeast of Toledo and southwest of Pando. Sauce lies about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) to the north. They are all considered parts of the wider metropolitan area of Montevideo.
It is named after Joaquín Suárez, President of Uruguay from 1843 to 1852. The foundation of a town (Villa) in this place was approved by Decree of 21 July 1866. It was founded on 15 October 1882 by Francisco Piria. It was declared a "Pueblo" (village) on 2 October 1929 by the Act of Ley Nº 8.482.