Uruguay travel blog by Mark Berman -
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Entering Uruguay at Salto from Concordia in Argentina offers the opportunity to travel through the river cities southward on your way to
Colonia del Sacramento or Montevideo, these cities being Paysandu, Mercedes, Fray Bentos and Carmelo.
In the city there are a couple of museums worth visiting and a couple of large plazas with churches too. The main street has nice shops, cafes
and restaurants. I've been in Salto twice now, the first time I came up from Colonia. The 2nd time I arrived after traveling 5hrs by bus from Parana to Concordia in
Concordia Border Crossing
The border crossing from Concordia in Argentina across the Uruguay River to
Salto can take around an hour if you come by bus. That's because the bus is thoroughly searched by customs officials at the border. The luggage
is removed and the interior of the bus is searched by several people, they may get you to open up your backpack too. This is normal of course,
but I'm just saying how it is.
Plazas & Museums in Salto
At each end of the
main street in Salto, 6 blocks apart are the 2 main plazas in the city. Plaza Artigas where the cathedral is located and Plaza de los 33
Orientales where another big church is located (Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen) as well as government buildings. Close to each plaza is
one of Salto's 2 principal museums. Just half a block down the main street from Plaza Artigas is the Fine Arts Museum (Museo de Bellas Artes
y Artes Decorativas 'Maria Irene Olarreaga Gallino') featuring plaster cast statues, oil on canvas paintings and bronzeworks. The building
housing the museum is quite antique and adds to the artyness with its antique wooden stairs, old furniture and chandeliers. The other
principal museum in Salto, Museum of Man and Technology (Museo del Hombre y la Tecnologia) is located 1 and a half blocks from Plaza de los
33 Orientales. This museum created in 1980 has many displays including the history of slavery, mate tea production, old tools, bottle-filling
machines, gramophones, dolls, paintings and much more. Down at the river near the port is another museum in Salto - The Uruguay River Historical
Museum (Museo Historico del Rio Uruguay).
Other Attractions in Salto
Salto has 2 aquatic parks (Acuamania
and Parque Aquatico
), thermal parks (Arapey and Salto Grande) and hot springs (Dayman). There is also a zoo, golfing and fishing.