Salto (Uruguay)

Salto on the map of Uruguay

Salto is the capital of the Departments of Salto in Uruguay. With 104 028 inhabitants (as of 2011) is located on the Uruguayan - Argentine border river Rio Uruguay is the third largest city in the country after Montevideo and the in the metropolitan region of Ciudad de la Costa.

Geography and climate

The city is situated on the east bank of the Rio Uruguay in sectors 1, 2 and 3 of the department. The distance to the state capital Montevideo is almost 500 km. With it, it is connected in traffic engineering point of view on the Ruta 1 and 3. The city is situated opposite the Argentine city on the western river bank Concordia. The two cities are connected by a bridge in the city, but of the 13 km to the north of the Salto Grande Dam is used as such. The trade with the neighboring country is the economy of the city of importance. Near the resort Arenitas Blancas and the waterfalls Salto Grande are located.


Salto was founded in November 1756th Even before the ururguayischen independence attained the place the status of Pueblo. By decree of May 16, 1835 Salto was awarded the designation villa. On June 16, 1837 was declared by the Ley 158 to the capital of the department. The classification as Ciudad (City) was followed on June 8, 1863 by the Ley 780 latter act also affects the Ley 1000 of 3 March 1869.

One of the highlights of the city's history was a visit by Pope John Paul II in 1988.


In the surroundings of farming is done: In addition to the livestock, the cultivation of citrus fruits, sugar cane and grapes prevails. Salto is a commercial center for grain and vegetables. The city also has an agricultural college. Major industries include food processing, shipbuilding, and the manufacture of chemical products, medicines and basketry. In the vicinity is the Embalse Salto Grande on the Uruguay River, where a major hydroelectric power plant is located.


Tourist frequented places of the city are about the built 1882, Teatro Larrañaga and the two museums Museo del Hombre y la Tecnología and Museo de Bellas Artes y Decorative Arts.

In the city a monument to Uruguayan architect Eladio Dieste is entitled Gate of Wisdom, which is popularly known for his looks, the Gull.

Eight kilometers south of the city are located near the Route 3 and the waters of Daymán, the Termas del Daymán.

Eladio Dieste monument to

Calle Uruguay, Salto

Argentinian Consulate in Plaza Artigas

Station of Salto

Thermal springs of Daymán


The non-existent since Salto FC represented the city from 2003 to 2005 in the Uruguayan second division. He wore its home games in the 6,000 spectators comprehensive stadium Estadio Ernesto Dickinson.


The population is 104 028 flips (as of 2011), of which 50 147 male and 53 881 female. This makes it the second largest city in the country to Montevideo.

Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Uruguay

Sons and daughters of the town

  • José Rafael Addiego Bruno ( * 1923), politician and lawyer
  • Juan Ángel Albín ( born 1986 ), football player
  • Enrique Amorim (1900-1960), writer
  • José Leandro Andrade (1901-1957), football player
  • Rubén Bentancourt (* 1993), football player
  • Sergio Caram (born 1967 ), pianist
  • Guido Castillo (* 1922), essayist, critic and lecturer
  • Marcelo Cattani (born 1967 ), Photographer
  • Edinson Cavani (* 1987), football player
  • Gonzalo de los Santos (born 1976 ), football player and coach
  • Marosa di Giorgio (1932-2004), poet
  • Eugenio Galvalisi (1915-2000), football player
  • Víctor Lima ( born June 16, 1921), musician
  • Jose Perdomo (born 1965 ), football player
  • Leonidas Piaggio (1887-1942), Argentine cellist and music teacher
  • Horacio Quiroga (1878-1937), South American poets
  • Braian Rodríguez ( born 1986 ), football player
  • Gastón Silva ( * 1994), football player
  • Jorge Soto ( born 1986 ), cyclist
  • Luis Suárez ( * 1987), football player