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Mercedes is the capital of the department of Soriano, Uruguay, located at the north of the department, on the south bank of Rio Negro. The city has 41,975 inhabitants (2011). It's a quiet town that offers water activities such as fishing and water sports, attractive natural landscapes and an interesting cultural agenda.

Get in


By car


The city is connected by national highways No. 2, 14 and 21:

By bus


The city is connected to several neighboring cities and Montevideo through regular bus services that depart and arrive at the Mercedes Terminal, located in the southern part of the city, in front of Plaza Artigas. On the website of the terminal can be consulted available bus services and their frequency.

By plane


Mercedes has a small airport:

  • 1 Departmental Aerodrome Ricardo Detomasi (OACI: SUME)

Get around

Map of Mercedes (Uruguay)

Because the city is small and covers little area, very often to go from one place to another place of the city is enough by going on foot. To go to farther destinations or the outskirts of the city is worth to use a transport service.

By taxi


Mercedes has taxi and remise services that cover the entire city:


  • 1 Library and Pinacotheca Eusebio Gimenez, Eusebio Gimenez s/n esq. 28 de Febrero.
  • 2 Guernica Park (delimited by the mouth of the Dacá creek, Rio Negro and Zorrilla de San Martin Av.).
  • 3 Catedral Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes, Manuel Antonio de Castro y Careaga st. w/n between Cristobal Colón st. and Gral. José Artigas st. (facing plaza Independencia).
  • 4 Centro Histórico y Geográfico de Soriano, Gral. Artigas st. 618 between Eduardo Casagrande and Pedro Blanes Viale st., . W 09:00-11:00.
  • 5 Casa de la Cultura, Wilson Ferreira Aldunate st. and Ituzaingó st., +598 4532 2201. M-F 07:30-18:30; Sa Su 08:00-12:00, 17:00-21:00.
  • 6 Estadio Luis Koster. To see some football (soccer) matches.
  • 7 Castillo Mauá. 09:00-17:00. It is the center of the old ranch that purchased the Baron of Mauá the mid nineteenth century. It has a vineyard. Free.


  • Birdwatching in the Rio Negro.
  • 1 Paragliding (Escuela Alfa Parapente), +598 98 300 063. The flights depart from the Departmental Aerodrome Ricardo Detomasi. The flight costs U$1000, the learning course costs US$700..
  • 2 Complejo Polideportivo Ciudad de Mercedes (next door Aeródromo Departamental Ricardo Detomasi), . It is a racetrack for different categories of competition vehicles, such as automobiles or motorcycles. It has food services.




  • 1 Restaurante Martiniano, José Batlle y Ordoñez Av. w/n between 18 de Julio st. and Cristobal Colón st., +598 4532 2649.
  • 2 Parrillada La Vaca, Manuel Antonio de Castro y Careaga st 780, +598 4532 8774.
  • 3 Parrillada La Churrasquera, Manuel Antonio de Castro y Careaga st w/n almost Ituzaingó st, +598 4532 4036.


  • 1 Beep Bar, Eusebio Gimenez 731 (facing at north of the plaza Independencia), +598 99 250 665.







Go next

Routes through Mercedes
Gualeguaychú ← Becomes  N  S  → Rosario → Merges with
END  W  E  Trinidad
Paysandú  N  S  Merges with

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