Mercedes is the capital and largest city of the department of Soriano in Uruguay. It is located on the junction of Route 2 with Route 14, and is situated on the south bank of the R�o Negro. Also Route 21 from Colonia del Sacramento of Colonia Department terminates in this city.
Mercedes is an important centre of commerce and a commercial port. Its main industries are based on agriculture, dairy products, paper manufacturing and industrial activities. Its rambla (sea-side road) is one of the most beautiful and widest in the country