The route of the thermal baths: a relaxing alternative that takes Uruguayan tourism
Whether it's a weekend getaway or a vacation to remember, this unforgettable tour, ideal for those looking to relax, includes options for different audiences throughout the year
In addition to gastronomy, history and exclusive spas, Uruguay is recognized as the owner of one of the most remarkable thermal circuits in Latin America. It is located in the Pájaros Pintados Corridor tourist region, northwest of the Uruguay River, in the departments of Salto and Paysandú, patrimony of the local culture and history. This thermal route, which knows nothing but relaxation and enjoyment, arises from one of the most important water resources on the planet: the Guaraní Aquifer, which covers much of the subsoil of the territories of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.
On the other hand, this type of tourism that does not discriminate age or time of year, since 2005 has been imposing and growing in terms of number of visitors and currency. This is due to the hard work of the Ministry of Tourism, local governments and the private sector to encourage the development of tourism in the Pájaros Pintados Corridor, especially its thermal baths. For 2017, the region received more than 670 thousand international visitors, generating revenues of US $ 175 million, ranking as the third most visited place in the country.
Salt waters, sweet, with different temperatures and for all tastes, here the ranking with the best hot springs to visit when traveling to Uruguay:
Termas del Daymán
This is one of the main destinations that tourists choose to visit and enjoy in Salto, motivated by the wide range of options and the recreational offer that concentrates the Thermal Center. Recently a new children's pool was opened, being a great attraction for children.
These hot springs have a specialized center in tourism wellnes, Spa Thermal Daymán, the first center of hyperbaric medicine in the region, dedicated to health tourism, which combines the benefits of thermal waters with the most technological of regenerative medicine. The treatment of hyperbaric medicine, based on the application of oxygen at high concentration and pressure is an adjuvant treatment that represents a very valuable and non-invasive benefit for different pathologies, achieving positive results in up to 98% of effectiveness in cases of pain treatment of knee, shoulders, diabetes, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, stroke, injuries, tumors, ulcers, chronic wounds, among others.
This thermal center is 7 km from the city of Salto, where in addition to the services associated with an important urban center, you can enjoy its landscapes, architecture, museums, gastronomy, fishing and cultural activity.
Termas de Arapey
A few kilometers from the city of Salto and Bella Union, Arapey has indoor and outdoor thermal water pools, with temperatures ranging from 26 to 37 °, in addition to a surprising natural environment. The Thermal Center has a five-star hotel, with an all-inclusive system, which includes a spa, jacuzzi, wet bar, and golf course.
Various activities can be performed in the environment, allowing the visitor to experience in contact with nature, such as: paragliding, two-seater flights, kayak rides through rivers and streams, bird watching, or sport fishing, among many others.
Almirón Hot Springs
Unique natural salt water from the Yaguarí Aquifer, with high content of salts, particularly sulfates and chlorides, high content of calcium and magnesium in the region, which makes them a special place for relaxation and rest.
There is the tourist complex Salinas del Almirón Thermal Resort, which offers a distinguished lodging proposal that perfectly combines rest and relaxation. Located next to Almirón Thermal Therapy Center, the Resort has two own pools where you can relax and check the many therapeutic properties of salty waters, recognized for their salinity and high mineral content. The complex, recently opened, has a four-star rating and offers among its services 60 comfortable rooms, an outstanding gastronomic proposal, jacuzzi, massage room, sauna, gym and a space for water games.