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“Caldera hot springs”

Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Caldera
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Michigan
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“Caldera hot springs”
Reviewed 31 January 2013

You should be able to walk up and down hills in a hot, arid climate for this visit. Once at the river there is a fair amount of walking on rocks. No food or drink available--bring your water.
The drive to the hot springs: Drive 11 Km south of Boquete and turn left just before the overhead walkway. Stay to the left when the road divides. Keep driving (about 6-7 Km) until you reach the town of Caldera. Once you get to Caldera drive through the town and look for the signs to the hot springs. Turn right onto a gravel road and drive about 2+ Km. You can park at the area before the cement water canal and walk about 10-15 min to the hot springs. Where the road splits, take the left turn. Initially the road is hot, hilly and dry, but once you go left it becomes tree covered and breezy with forested areas on both sides. When you arrive to the little farm across the stream on your right someone will come out and charge $2 per person.
The actual springs are lined with rocks and you can sit and relax in them. Did I mention to wear your bathing suits? A man in a bathing suite (?Jose) showed us the various springs (4) and was eager for us to enjoy them. Then he demonstrated how we could sit in a hot spring, then go into the river (COLD).
All in all, the shade makes it a very relaxing place to be. It's a lovely setting and there is a constant pleasant breeze. Be cautious about your belongings. There is a semi-tame monkey who hangs around and will take your things.

Visited January 2013
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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“It depends what your reference is”
Reviewed 10 January 2013

So here is the thing. If you've seen nice natural hotsprings before, you will be totally disappointed. I've enjoyed over 5 in the US, Canada and Costa Rica and this one was definitly the least intesting. We had our own wheels so it was OK but I would have been upset paying 30$/person or this. Also consider that the pools are tiny so the maxmum number of people that can comfortably fit in the 2 pools are approximatly 3-4 people in the large one and 2 in the smaller one. There was people when we arrived to be decided to enjoy the river instead. When we left, there was over 20 people on site.... Oh yeah, and avoid the mid-afternoon heat!

Visited January 2013
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Boquete, Panama
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“don't waste your time”
Reviewed 2 September 2012

After taking the time to drive and hike to the hot springs it is a complete disappointment. There is one spring and it took me three tries to find it. It's a muddy walk and no direction. If you want to cool off after you walk about 150 meters to the river, you need water shoes which I didn't have..

Visited August 2012
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Dublin
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“What I expected”
Reviewed 22 August 2012

rustic and hot. Its hot outside the springs as well, the other people around spent the majority of the time running away from the monkey or down at the river. The actual springs are neat because they are rustic, no swim up bar. Tip. Bring water and snacks, they dont sell any down there. bonus, it is only $2 to get in. Neg. Hot walk from the road to the springs.

Visited July 2012
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Boston
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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.

Visited August 2012
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