August 7, 2019, 11:05 am
Hot Springs in Colombia are a luxury that you should take advantage of when uncovering the beauty of this country. After a long day visiting natural parks, coffee farms or colonial towns, you can stop at some of the nearby thermals for a bit of relaxation, spa or even to spend the night. Either if you are travelling around the central or southern region of the Colombia, you will find natural pools surrounded by spectacular landscapes that are worth to visit. Below, we have our top five hot springs for you to consider when visiting Colombia:
Santa Rosa de Cabal Thermal Springs
Santa Rosa is located in the coffee region close to Pereira. These thermals are the most popular in the area because of their easy access and because they are tasteless and odourless. Hot springs sometimes smell like sulphur and minerals in the water might make your eyes a little sensitive, not in Santa Rosa.
If you like hot springs and you are doing a tour around the coffee region, it is probably worth to go there for a day or even spend one night. They offer spa services as well.
Hot Springs in Paipa
Paipa is a spa town built near lake Sochagota where you can find natural hot water springs, aquatic sports and nice hotels. Just 5 km away from Paipa, you can visit one of the most important monuments in Colombia, the "Pantano de Vargas" battle memorial. One of the hardest and perhaps the most decisive battle for Colombia's independence was fought here on July 25th 1819. Paipa is only 1.5hrs drive from Villa de Leyva.
If you are in Popayan, you can visit the thermals in Coconuco and Purace. The most famous are the thermals near Coconuco, they are called “Agua Tibia and Agua Hirviendo” (warm water and hot water). Not very creative, but definitely worth going. Coconuco is only 1 hour drive from Popayan, so you can do it in one day.
La Riviera Thermals
La Rivera Thermals are located in Huila, 27 km south of Neiva. These hot springs are beautiful and contain a great quantity of minerals. They are special because they do not have sulphur, so the odour is not poignant and the minerals will make you feel very relaxed and revitalised. The hot springs blend with the amazing surroundings and views of this region of Colombia.
Los Volcanes Thermals in Macheta
Macheta is located 80km north of Bogota. Los Volcanes are the closest hot spring to the capital. The waters of this hot spring are rich in sulphur and iron. Apparently, these waters help to relieve digestive, renal and skin illnesses. If you are more adventurous, you can also climb the mountains around these natural pools; this of course if you are not suffering any of this illnesses.
Some of the hot springs mentioned above offer other attractions like jeep rides to the source of the spring, healing mud baths, guided walks, healing treatments, cold pools, etc.
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