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Salto is in the citrus growing region of Northern Interior (Uruguay), on the east bank of the Rio Uruguay. It is closely connected to the neigbouring Argentinian city of Concordia that lies across the river on the western bank. Salto has just under 100,000 residents.
There are regular buses from the Tres Cruces terminal in Montevideo, direct service arrives in 6 hours and costs about 500 pesos ($25, 2011 prices) per person.
The crossing of the Río Uruguay from Concordia, Argentina takes just a few minutes, the fare is 90 pesos Uruguayos or 20 pesos Argentinos (2011 prices) with discounts for children under age 8. There are several departures each way every day. Note, you must clear customs and passport control on both sides of the river, as it represents the international border.
The weekday ferry schedule (effective Jan 2011) is as follows:
Taxis between the the boat terminal in Concordia and the bus station take about 20 minutes and cost 15 pesos Argentinos. The boat terminal in Salto is close to the center but far from the bus station; Taxis to the bus station cost about 100 pesos Uruguayos.
This is becoming a popular way to travel between the Uruguayan coast and Iguazu Falls, without passing through Buenos Aires or Brazil. It is possible to catch a bus from Concordia's terminal to Iguazu Falls if northbound or Santa Fe and Córdoba if westbound.
There are local buses to the city's hot springs at Daymán every hour on the half hour; they travel along Calle Brasil, the fare is 14 pesos. They will deliver you to the water park or the front entrance of the main springs, where there are also several hotels, restaurants and trinket-sellers.
The famous healing thermal spa of Fuente Salto is just 6km north of the city.
The hot springs at Daymán  are 6kms south, and are accessible by city bus (14 pesos, 25 min). There is a water park Acuamanía with a few slides, and a separate thermal spa which has three sets of pools of different temperatures plus various fountains and showers and a large grassy area for sun and lunch. Entrance costs 70 pesos Uruguayos for foreign travellers, rental of a locker costs 35.
Salto has a free, municipal zoo with almost everything except elephants. The conditions are not exceptional, but are better than at many South American zoos.
The main street in town is Calle Uruguay, which is pedestrian-oriented and has several shops and services including foreign exchange bureaux and banks with ATMs that accept foreign cards.
Restaurants are also located along Calle Uruguay, there are a number to choose from. Some have outdoor seating.