|At the Termas de Daymán|
When I was in Montevideo, I would tell people about my Uruguayan travel plans. I said that I was starting in Montevideo. I'd get a nod. I'd say that I was heading next to La Paloma. I would get a mouth-only smile. And then I would say I was going to Salto. People would light up! Their eyes would get wide and they mention how great the thermal springs were.
There are three major thermal springs developments in the Salto area. Termas del Arapey, the most upscale, is about 50 miles north of Salto. Way too far. And way to upscale. Termas de Daymán, which is only a few miles south of the city, and is far and away the most popular. And Termas de Salto Grande, near the Salto dam (Represa de Salto Grande).
I actually decided to head up to the Termas del Salto Grande. But first I decided to check out the dam.
|Represa de Salto Grande|
|View from the observation deck|
I couldn't find the Termas del Salto Grande. Or maybe I did and it was attached to the hotel I saw. If that was the case, it was very very small. And that gets boring fast. So back into the car to drive to the Termas de Daymán complex.
The Termas de Daymán complex is huge. Two thermal springs complexes. Huge number of small hotels. Plenty of restaurants and souvenir shops. It is a complete resort complex.
|One of the greatest things about Uruguay? Plenty of free parking everywhere!|
|Canarias brand mate machine at the park|
I had no gourd. I had no bombilla. Obviously, I was no Uruguayo.