Salto, Uruguay

Salto, Uruguay

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Salto, Uruguay

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Salto is the capital city of the Salto Department in northwestern Uruguay and the second largest city of the country. It is located on Route 3, about northwest of Montevideo, and on the east bank of Río Uruguay, across the city Concordia of Argentina. About north of city, the Salto Grande Bridge, built on top of the Salto Grande Dam, joins the two sides.


In 2004, Salto had a population of 99,072.Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Uruguay


Salto is connected to Montevideo by regular bus services and by the railroad track Montevideo - Salto - Artigas. Nueva Hesperides International Airport has scheduled connections with Montevideo, enabling easy access of tourists to the local thermal baths. There are plans to improve it and local business people are keen to see it expand, allowing freight (particularly fruit) to be shipped directly from the region.

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Popular activities among young people include drinking mate (a herbal beverage), going dancing at night and crossing into Argentina to go shopping in Concordia on weekends.

One of the attractions are thermal pools which are located close to the city. They are kept at over 38 °C (100 F) around the year.

Salto is also known for its street Calle Uruguay, in which locals stroll during weekend nights to socialize and drink mate with friends.

Despite its many slum areas, Salto is considered one of the higher class areas of Uruguay for...
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