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Salto, Uruguay

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Salto, Uruguay: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Salto?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Salto, they said:

"Salto is a city known for its rich culture, beautiful architecture, and warm, welcoming locals. Before moving to Salto, expats should be aware that Spanish is the primary language spoken, so it would be beneficial to learn some basic Spanish phrases. The cost of living in Salto is relatively low compared to other major cities in Uruguay, but it's still higher than in many other countries. Expats should also be aware that the healthcare system in Uruguay is of a high standard, with both public and private options available. The city has a subtropical climate, with hot summers and mild winters. It's also known for its thermal baths, which are a popular tourist attraction. Uruguayan cuisine is heavily meat-based, with beef being a staple in many dishes. However, Salto also offers a variety of international cuisines. Public transportation in Salto is reliable and affordable, with buses being the most common mode of transport. However, many locals prefer to use cars or bikes, which are also viable options. Uruguay has a relatively low crime rate compared to other Latin American countries, but expats should still take standard precautions to ensure their safety. The education system in Uruguay is of a high standard, with public, private, and international schools available for expat children. Finally, expats should be aware that Uruguayans are known for their relaxed and laid-back lifestyle, which is often referred to as 'tranquilo'. This can be a significant cultural adjustment for those used to a faster pace of life," said one expat who made the move to Salto.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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