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“Hot Springs, Panama style”

Reviewed 16 August 2012

This is a really low-key version of a hot springs destination. As long as you don't expect the Ritz, you will enjoy the experience.

If you lack 4x4, park at the security booth by the canal and walk the rest of the way (20 minutes to the springs) - we saw another sedan get stuck on the road. The walk is perfectly nice, anyway. When you arrive, the proprietress will take $2 and warn you about the monkey. You just need to keep all your knick-knacks in your bag. Then you wander the path between the hot springs.

We enjoyed a quick dip in each of the springs, some of which have benches/flat rocks, others do not. The temperature is warm and it is neat to see the bubbles coming up from the ground. The only downside was that it was a very hot day, so we didn't want to hang out in the springs for too long. Some people were swimming in the river to cool off, but it is downstream of a quarry of some kind, and I couldn't convince myself that the cloudiness in the river was natural...

Anyhow, this is a nice outing from Boquete. I would recommend going very early in the day when the air is cooler to maximize your enjoyment of the warm waters.

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Reviewed 28 July 2012

We headed to the Caldera Hot Springs with no information to go off of (our friend had been to other hot springs in the area, but not here.) We had a GREAT time, even though we missed the turn (and there were 2 entrances) so we hiked for about 5-6 hours "out of our way".... But I say that sarcastically because the hike, although tiring and seemingly all uphill, it was a beautiful experience and I dont regret it one bit! There must have been 20 different colors of soil/stine/clay/dirt and lots of wildlife to see and enjoy, and of course, the view when we got to the openings-- the valley is a gorgeous sight! We finally got to the hot springs (After seeing the "back entrance" from the trail) and honestly, we spent most of our time in the river, enjoying the cool rush! (we were incredibly hot and sweaty from the hike in the 90-100 degree heat.) the woman warned us about the monkey; and we found out for ourselves that he isn't afraid of us! So, that's my only "beware," te monkey will try to take your hat, or sunglasses, or camera, or whatever he can grab with his swift hand-like feet! Overall, this was an AMAZING experience and I'd DEFINITLEY recommend it to anyone & everyone!

Thank Amanda P
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Reviewed 7 June 2012

A bit of a walk from the road. we visited in a thunderstorm! exciting sitting in a hot spring with a flash flood in the river nearby and lightning and thunder directly overhead. an experience not to be forgotten!

Thank Galen G
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Reviewed 1 May 2012

I went to the hot springs with a group of people and so had a good time. I did not think they were extra remarkable, but it was fun to go from one hot spring to the next one and then to cool off at the river. Bring some beers put cool in the river!

Thank Clemence D
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Reviewed 1 April 2012

But that does not mean don't go! It is an experience getting there and then sitting in the open pools, moving a log or two if necessary, but it is clean and about as natural as you can get. The lady there usually takes $2 when you walk past her house and you then stay as long as you like. Your body will feel better after an hour or so in the waters.

Thank tarzantheman
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