Acuamania is another water-based attraction close to Salto, in Dayman, near the Termes del Dayman. It costs twice as much more to enter Acuamania and recieves only about 1/5th the amount of visitors to the Termes, but it's a fun place to visit nonetheless, and we spent a very enjoyable day here.
Acuamania contains a number of pools, an artificial, fast-flowing river which you can travel around in a ring shaped float. Best of all were the two waterslides - I especially recommend the steeper one, called Kamikaze.
If you've only one day in Dayman, the Termes is a better choice, but with more time Acuamania is worth including too. A regular bus travels between Dayman and the centre of Salto.
Tourist Information in Salto
There's very little information on Salto in any guidebook we could find, and even Lonely Planet's "South America on a Shoestring" has little over a page, with no map. Hence, a visit to the tourist information is essential for most visitors to Salto.
There are two "tourismos" (tourist information offices) in Salto; the one at the station can supply maps but the person there wasn't especially helpful or friendly; a better option is the tourismo in the centre, 1 block west of the main square on Calle Uruguay. The ladies here can help you with hotels, trips to Termes, connections to Argentina and anything else you need to know about Salto.
Termes del Dayman
Dayman is located about 10 km below Salto and contains a pool complex built around the springs (Termes del Dayman), numerous hotels and an acuamania water adventure centre.
The hot springs are very popular with local people and Uruguayans in general, but like the rest of Uruguay, are somewhat unknown outside the country. We spent a whole day at the pools and it was one of the most relaxing days I've had in a long time, and much appreciated after 3 weeks of backpacking.
It costs 50 pesos to enter (about 2 USD) and there are numerous pools of varying temperatures (though all pretty hot) and it's a lovely place to soothe any aches and pains. It reminded me a little of similar baths we had visited in Budapest. If you stay in one of the hotels in Dayman the entrance price is reduced. Buses run regularly from Salto to Dayman.
Practically every Uruguayan town has a square named after Jose Artigas, the national hero, and Salto is no different, naming a large plaza in the centre of town after him. There is an impressive church on one side of the square, a statue of Artigas and other famous Uruguayans in the centre, and a fountain on one side. There are plenty of seats too and it´s a nice place for a picnic in fine weather.
Visit the Termas del Dayman
The hot springs in Salto are rated amongst the worlds best.
I went to the Dayman Termas and they were very nice. I wallowed in the hot springs every morning and then last thing at night. All your aches and pains seem to dissappear in seconds.
They are very clean and well maintained.
You can either take the bus from Central which will cost you URU$12 or a taxi which will cost about URU$90
Apart from the Termas there are only hotels an aqua park and handfull of restaurants at this site.
If you stay at Hotel Dayman you get free access to the thermal complex. Check with reception.
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