Termas de Daymán - A view from our expert author

With a sauna, hydro-massage and the hottest water of any Uruguayan spring, these hot baths are the largest and liveliest of any in the country.

It’s 9km south on Ruta 3 to the Termas de Daymán, the largest and liveliest of all the hot baths in Uruguay, with families and busloads of youngsters pouring in on summer weekends. This has the hottest water of the Uruguayan springs (up to 44°C, from the Aquifer Guaraní, 2km down), and in most of the ten pools of the Spa Termal (07.00–23.00 daily; US$4) it’s frankly too hot to swim much; there’s also sauna, hydromassage and lockers. There’s cooler water immediately north at the Acuamanía water park (4736 9222/9815;; (mid-Sep–Apr 10.30–18.30 daily (w/ends to 19.30), except 23–25 Dec, 29–31 Dec; US$6.50, 3 days US$9), with slides up to 70m long, pool basketball and other games, and minigolf; the Kamikaze is a very popular closed-tube toboggan that reaches speeds of up to 60km/h. The waters are meant to be good for rheumatic, neurological and musculoskeletal disorders, and for stress.

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