Salto Travel Blog› entry 4 of 17 › view all entries
Once we had crossed the river to Uruguay one thing was definitely differentâ€¦ the architecture. Everything was so modern for the 60s, but had stopped there. Buildings ranging from houses to government offices were stuck in this style of corbu inspired designs, so trendy and expensive, yet without up keep they appear to be skeletons of a lost city. The Pilotis- once the rave of Parisian society- are used mostly down by the water. Relics of an old high society neighborhood that has since lost it most precious gems- the inhabitants. From the lavish materials, now awash with algae, to the buildings being dismantled for fire wood, it was apparent that economic succession had destroyed this once booming town. Apparently the Termas were not enough to sustain the villagers of Salto (although they had my vote <wink>).
After coming back from my adventure, my professor gave a lecture on the Economic and Political development of Uruguay. Uruguay was at the top of the fiscal later, with an outstanding GDP and only room for growth. As the first democracy in Latin America, it was destined for success. That is until the country caught the revolutionary flu of Latin America and fell into an economic recession for which they never came out of. The beautiful ruins which stand today are more monuments of a distant past legacy than functional institutions that the city can rely on.