Salto’s museums all close during January.
Don't Miss: Salto’s Hot Springs
A whole slew of hot springs bubble up around Salto.
- Termas San Nicanor Surrounded by a pastoral landscape of cows, fields and water vaguely reminiscent of a Flemish painting, this is the most tranquil of Salto's hot-springs resorts. It has two gigantic outdoor thermal pools, a restaurant, and accommodations for every budget, including campsites, no-frills dorms, four-person cabins, and private rooms in a high-ceilinged estancia with large fireplaces and peacocks strolling the grounds. Day use of the springs (8am to 10pm, available Friday to Sunday only) costs UR$150 (UR$100 in low season). The 12km unpaved access road leaves Ruta 3 10km south of Salto. Occasional shuttles to San Nicanor depart from Salto (corner of Larrañaga and Artigas) and Termas de Daymán. Schedules vary; phone ahead to confirm schedules.
- Termas de Daymán About 8km south of Salto, Daymán is a heavily developed Disneyland of thermal baths complete with kids’ water park. It’s popular with Uruguayan and Argentine tourists, who roam the town’s block-long main street in bathrobes. For comfortable accommodations adjacent to the springs, try La Posta del Daymán. Empresa Cossa runs hourly buses between Salto and the baths (UR$32), leaving Salto’s port via Av Brasil at 30 minutes past every hour (7:30am to 10:30pm), returning hourly from 7am to 11pm.
- Termas de Arapey About 90km northeast of Salto, Uruguay's oldest hot-springs resort offers multiple pools surrounded by gardens, fountains, and paths to the Río Arapey Grande. Hotel Municipal, down near the river, offers the area's best-value accommodations. Argentur runs one or two buses daily from Salto (UR$190, 1½ hours).
Salto's largely unexceptional collection of hotels is strung out along Calle Uruguay, Avenida Brasil and surrounding streets. Nearby hot springs offer some of the region's best-value accommodations.
Calle Uruguay, Salto's main street, is packed with restaurants serving everything from pasta and pizza to grilled meat.
Drinking & Nightlife
Salto's most animated nightlife unfolds along Calle Uruguay, in the blocks east of Calle Sarandí.