Termas de Daymán

It is 9km south on Ruta 3 (which has a new cycleway) 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 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, 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. There’s also the Agua Clara Parque Termal on the Rambla Circunvalación, the most modern complex here, with hot and cold showers and hydromassage, Wi-Fi and the Entre Amigos resto-pub.

The baths are owned by Salto department and are surrounded by a great range of hotels (with 3,000 beds) and campsites; there’s also a riverside park by the Río Daymán, immediately to the south.

Getting there and away

The ‘Termas’ bus runs from the port and along Brasil, Blanes and Agraciada (a block south of the terminal) to Ruta 3. There’s a coach stop with tourist information, ATM and toilets just south of the entry roundabout with the enormous departmental flag.