What You Need To Know about Salto

Salto is the capital city of the Salto Department in northwestern Uruguay. As of the 2011 census it had a population of 104,028 and is the second most populated city in Uruguay.
Salto is a city in northwestern Uruguay, bordering Argentina on the Uruguay River. In the center, Calle Uruguay is a lively shopping street lined with cafes. On Plaza Artigas, the Cathedral San Juan Bautista houses oil paintings and a 1939 vintage Hammond organ. Close by is the 19th-century Larrañaga Theater. Southeast of Salto, the area of Termas del Daymán has natural hot springs and public outdoor pools and spas.

Population: 104,028(2011)
Area: 14,163 km²


The currency used in Uruguay is the Uruguayan peso (peso Uruguayo in Spanish). One United States Dollar is approximately 20 pesos, one British Pound approximately 31 pesos and one euro approximately 27 pesos.
The Uruguayan peso is subdivided into 100 centesimos. Coins in circulation are 1, 2, 5 and 10 pesos. Bills you will use when traveling or living in the country come in 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 2000 denominations. The currency symbol is $U and the currency code is UYU.


Salto has a humid subtropical climate that is mild with no dry season, constantly moist (year-round rainfall). Summers are hot and muggy with thunderstorms. Winters are mild with precipitation from mid-latitude cyclones. Seasonality is moderate. (Köppen-Geiger classification: Cfa).
Average monthly temperatures vary by 13.3 °C (23.9°F). This indicates that the continentality type is oceanic, subtype truly oceanic.


The primary language in Uruguay is Spanish.


Popular activities among young people include drinking mate (an herbal beverage), going dancing at night and crossing into Argentina to go shopping in Concordia on weekends. One of the attractions are the thermal pools 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, where 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 its various amenities that most of the country is lacking. The International Cultural Centre was founded in Salto in August 1990. The main football club is Salto Fútbol Club which plays in the Uruguayan Segunda División. Their home ground is located at the Estadio Ernesto Dickinson, which has a capacity of about 6,500.

Getting Around

There are local buses to the city’s hot springs at Daymán every hour on the half hour; they travel along Calle Brasil, the fare is 14 pesos. They will deliver you to the water park or the front entrance of the main springs, where there are also several hotels, restaurants and trinket-sellers.