Things To Do In Salto, Uruguay: Get Wet & Explore This Beautiful City

things to do in salto uruguay

Of all the cities in Uruguay, Salto could enter the ranks of less tourist exploitation. Maybe the main reason is that is it’s not connected to the beach like other more popular spots. Nevertheless, in Salto there are many options for you to get wet during the summer. Another attraction of the city is its culture, the walking streets with shopping options and the many monuments and historic buildings. It’s a charming place to visit. Take a look at the things you can do to have a great summer vacation in Salto!

1. Daymán Hot Springs

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The hot springs of Daymán are located just 10 km (6 miles) away from the city of Salto and are probably one of the biggest of the region. People from Buenos Aires make the journey all the way, just to enjoy the different options they find here for leisure and relaxing. You will find many swimming pools with hot water that will make an impact on your skin, your body and mind. There’s also a spa with a wide range of special treatments to come back home brand new. It’s open all year long. Don’t worry, for the summer, there’s also options with cold water to refresh and fun areas for the kids to play.

Daymán Hot Springs

Address: Salto, Uruguay

Website: Daymán Hot Springs

2. The Salto Grande Hot Springs and the Horacio Quiroga Complex

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Located on the shores of the Salto Grande Lake, it’s one of the best water parks you’ll find in Uruguay with different options to have fun and enjoy a day playing with water. If you wish to stay there for a few days, you can do it at the Horacio Quiroga Complex, a five star hotel with a thermal park and amazing gardens.

In the water park the main attractions are The Anaconda (a super fun and thrilling water slide for the brave ones), the Splash (a kids pool with a castle in the middle), La Cascada (the waterfall with a natural and relaxing fall of the water that will massage you while you are under), the Isla Bonita (Pretty Island) is a swimming pool with different levels of depth and an island in the center, and the Aguas Bravas, with different massaging showers. People of all ages will enjoy a visit to these hot springs.

Salto Grande Hot Springs

Address: Parque del Lago s/n, Salto Grande, Uruguay

Website: Salto Grande Hot Springs

3. Termas del Arapey (Arapey Thermal Park)

Termas del Arapey. Salto. Uruguay
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These hot springs were the first ones to be set up in the Salto region and they are still running their waters for visitors looking to have a relaxing time. It’s a little bit far from the city, but the travel is worth it for the beautiful nature surrounding the park and the opportunity to get to know the area better. Find out the lodging options to stay right in the thermal park if you are interested in staying right there and enjoy the amazing pools and the cute complex.

Termas del Arapey

Address: Salto, Uruguay

Website: Termas del Arapey

4. Acuamanía water park - for all ages

Parque acuático Acuamanía
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If you are looking for fun, you should visit the park that started the trend. Located in the Daymán Hot Springs, Acuamanía is waiting for you with great attractions like water slides, giant pools, relaxing showers, aqua gym classes, kids pools, a wonderful spa and a beauty salon. There’s also options for accommodation, to shop for groceries, a restaurant and much more! Take a look at this special place in the world.


Address: Termas del Daymán, Salto Department, Uruguay

Website: Acuamanía

5. Bella Union, Uruguay to Monte Caseros, Argentina Border Crossing

Puente Bella Union Barra Quarai
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This a great option if you need to make the crossing between Argentina and Uruguay and wish to do it fast, relaxed and going through beautiful places. The town of Bella Union brings exactly that. Is connected to the town of Monte Caseros in Argentina, and in only ten minutes by ferry on the Uruguay River - you can go from one country to the other. Enjoy the waters while you are staying!

Bella Union

Address: Artigas Department of Uruguay

Website: Bella Union

6. Plaza Artigas - history all around

If at some point of your visit to Salto you wish to get dry and get to know a bit more of the history of the city, a free walking tour you can do is visiting Plaza Artigas (Artigas Square). If you need to ask locals where it is, don’t be surprised if they know it as “18 de Julio” or “Plaza Nueva”, the names it used to have until it settled with the name it has now. There are many statues and many palm trees to cover you from the sun.

Plaza Artigas

Address: Artigas 1162, 50000 Salto, Departamento de Salto, Uruguay

Website: Plaza Artigas

7. Salto Zoo, Uruguay Salvaje (Wild Uruguay)

Zoológico Salto
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On a family holiday, it’s important to have many options to enjoy the day with the kids (especially if you want them to sleep at night). At the wild zoo of the city of Salto, you can all spend the day playing with the more than 150 animas and species that live there. It’s a beautiful place to be out in the nature too, with extensive vegetation and green areas. Take a look and plan your visit!

Salto Zoo

Address: Av. Juan Harriague, 50000 Salto, Departamento de Salto, Uruguay

Website: Salto Zoo

8. Dorado fishing - to learn and to catch

Golden Dorado - check out the teeth
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Are you a fishing enthusiast? Then you probably know that Uruguay is a great country for the activity. And Salto is not left behind. Right on the Uruguay River is one of the best regions to do it. Gold fishing is a big hit here. Catch some fish, teach your children and have a delicious dinner with what you find.

Dorado Fishing

Address: Salto, Uruguay

Website: Dorado Fishing

9. Walk the city and the ramblas (north and south)

Puente Salto Grande
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Get to know the borders of the city. Go along the Uruguay River path from the port of Salto to the area of ​​Arenitas Blancas, where the south coast is. You will see old houses, modern chalets, and the nature surrounding, along with restaurants, cafes, monuments and squares. It’s a nice tour that will refresh you on your way with the river winds.

A beautiful place to refresh and relax

Salto. Uruguay
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Salto is a city that is very special for not being spoiled by excessive tourism or people coming and going. It’s a safe place to spend time with family and you’ll be able to enjoy the great attractions like the hot springs in complete peace. Is that what you are looking for? Salto is waiting for you.

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