Capital:  Mercedes

Population:  81.300 hab.

Area:  9.008 km2

Density:  9,1 inhab./km2


Places to visit



Villa Soriano


Founded in 1624 when the Chaná Indian population was reduced, Santo Domingo Soriano, as it was previously known, is the oldest European settlement in Uruguayan territory.


The population was originally located on the Vizcaíno Island, at the confluence of the Negro and Uruguay Rivers, later moving to the mainland, probably due to floods and attacks by hostile indigenous people.
The town has kept the colonial characteristics of its past and has a high heritage value. A church with an articulated Christ, a giant, old Timbó (Pacara Earpod Tree), the place where Artigas lived, the picturesque pier and the first marine resort in the country are just some of the attractions for visiting tourists.





Given its privileged location on the banks of the Río Negro, Mercedes is an ideal place for fishing, water sports and relaxing in natural surroundings. It is the capital of the department of Soriano and is on national Route 2, 278 km from Montevideo, bordering the department of Río Negro. Soriano has a full calendar of events taking place throughout the year. The International Jazz Festival in the street, the F1 Power Boat Grand Prix, the Carnival and the “Grito de Asencio” festival are just some examples of what is on offer.





This small village, born with the Palmer Hydroelectric Dam in Paso Palmar, transmits peace, tranquility and the possibility of direct contact with nature to visitors. It is located 75km from Mercedes upstream on the banks of the Río Negro. It was founded to accommodate the construction workers who worked on the construction of the dam between 1977 and 1981.




A highlight of the village is the hydroelectric power plant itself, which brought major changes to the area, mainly for residents of the village of Andresito, who had to be moved completely to the area in which they currently reside, in the department of Flores.


When the level of the lake drops you can see some remains of the village’s buildings.  The great attraction of the area, however, is the Palmar Lake with an area of almost 30,000 hectares where you can enjoy a multitude of activities, from boat trips and water sports to magnificent fishing trips.


Owls, catfish, mojarras, silverside and needle jaw are the most common species in the area. Meanwhile on the other side of the dam, downstream, it is also possible to find the coveted dorado. As night falls, tourists have a range of accommodation options including the Hotel Municipal or picturesque cabins which are rented to the public at very reasonable prices.






Known as the “granary of the country”, Dolores is a very important agro-industrial city located in a thriving area, with notable attractions such as the Agricultural Museum, The Clock Tower, the Nuestra Sra. de los Dolores Church, the German Cemetery and the “El Camoatí” promenade. One of the best times to visit is during the National Spring Festival, which takes place in October, with daytime and nighttime parades, as well as a wide range of shows.



Source: Ministry of Tourism




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